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From the web: Culture & History

Deep in India’s Ladakh region live the Aryans, perhaps the last generation of pure-blooded people and holders of possibly the only untampered gene pool left in the world, writes Dave Stamboulis. Published on BBC on May 3, 2019.

Madalasa Feat

In the Mārkandeya Purāṇa there is a lullaby called Madālasā Upadesha. In this video, Sanskrit scholar, composer and musician Gabriella Burnel sings the lullaby in Sanskrit.

Custodianship Feat

The hidden people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains have emerged from centuries of isolation to help save the world from climate change, writes Christopher P Baker. Published on BBC on April 3, 2019.

What little the general population hears about Ukraine are the constant violent political and ethnic armed conflicts with Russia. What is not known much about are how people live amid this turmoil, for example, a teenager. Published on BBC, February 21, 2019.

Manorama and Girija Feat

A story of faith and friendship at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj (formerly called Allahabad). To Manorama and Girija the festival is like the “happiest old-age home in the world.” Reported by Vikas Pandey, published on BBC on March 15, 2019.

Xenophon (ca. 430 BCE – 350 BCE) was a brilliant leader, kind horseman and friend of Socrates. Eve Browning writes about his intriguing portrait of Socrates, so contrary to what we know about him that was written by Plato. Published in Aeon and SOTT on 14 January 2019.

Nigerian mother and daughter

Born and raised in Birmingham, Lola is both British and Nigerian. As the oldest daughter, she started the first generation of British-Nigerian in her family. But to what extent can she lay claim to being Nigerian when she cannot speak her mother tongue? Published on BBC on October 20, 2018.

Petroglyphs 4

The discovery of rock carvings believed to be tens of thousands of years old in India’s western state of Maharashtra has greatly excited archaeologists who believe they hold clues to a previously unknown civilisation, reports Mayuresh Konnur. Published on BBC Marathi on October 1, 2018.

Mother and daughter

Sex still being a touchy and often even taboo subject in many cultures and religions to this day, a mother and daughter from the Punjab have the courage to ask each other various questions about it. Published on BBC on August 31, 2018.

Rumi poem

A deeply reflective poem by Rumi (1207-1273) exploring the soul is read to accompany the Bagong Silang documentary about a community that inhabits a cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

Murals of Tibet Feat

A thousand years of Tibetan masterpieces revealed for the first time. Writer and photographer Thomas Laird’s 10-year project records crumbling Buddhist murals before they are lost. Published in The Guardian on May 6, 2018.

Vada pav

Vada pav is synonymous with the city of Mumbai, with almost every resident, from factory workers to Bollywood stars, unabashed in declaring their love for it, writes Charukesi Ramadurai. Published on BBC on April 2, 2018.

Afghanistan Feat

Along with his team, Ershad Honaryar from BBC Persian made the five-day trek to the Wakhan province in the far east of Afghanistan. Published on BBC on February 27, 2018.

Humped bull with gold horns

A rare collection spanning two million years of history is on display -until 18 February 2018 – in an exhibition in Mumbai. It is a collaboration between CSMVS, Mumbai, The National Museum, Delhi and The British Museum, London. Published by BBC on January 1, 2018.

Adjara-khachapuri

Hot on the heels of hearing about the expanding buddhafield in Georgia (Europe), we also got the details on a gooey, addictive, cheese-stuffed flatbread, ubiquitous in Georgia. David Farley has the inside story; published on BBC on November 21, 2017.

Rumi’s timeless poem, part of the soundtrack of the film Bab’Aziz, composed by Armand Amar, performed by Salar Aghili and Haroun Teboul.