Himachal's pride Shriya: Surely paanchvi pass se tez

May 12th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Cinema, Culture, Featured

Hi Shriya… Hello… I’m Vividh. I’m Shriya. I know, you are Shriya, that’s why I addressed you, “Shriya.” (She giggles. And it’s like hundreds of bells ringing.) This is Shriya Sharma, the little 10-year-old girl with bright eyes, who plays as one of the five lifelines in India’s one of the most popular game-shows on […]

Order pooja at Sarahan temple by post

May 3rd, 2007  |  by  |  published in Culture

While I had heard that special poojas could be ordered for some big temples like Tirupati temple online, my casual visit to one of the popular temples in Himachal Pradesh: Bhimakali Temple, Sarahan’s website, gave me an opportunity to find out that devotees can order pooja for this temple too. Are we just conducting formalities […]

Bharmour: the crown of dawn

April 3rd, 2007  |  by  |  published in Culture

Dressed in their best: Gaddans flaunt their jewellery Bharmour! The crown of dawn. The land of gaddis – a nomadic tribe known for its large family. A family of 200 to 1000 members of which 5 to 8 per cent are human beings and the rest consist of sheep, rams and goats. Not to miss […]

Similarities in folklores of Himachal, Maharashtra

January 19th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Culture

By: Usha Bande A decade or so ago to counter the threat of the divisive forces, a catchy slogan on buses and public places read “from Kashmir to Kanyaumari India is one”. Incidentally, around the same time, V S Naipaul’s India: A Million Mutinies Now (1991) was released, visualising a strong and unified India despite […]

The royal bow

November 2nd, 2006  |  by  |  published in Culture

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh during the three-day Renuka Fair at Renukaji, in District Sirmour (below) on November 1. Folk dancers from Sirmour show a few tricks (bottom) at a function organised during the fair. (Pics courtesy: PR Deptt, HP Govt) Shouldering responsibilities 

Juuini raa aahoo

October 9th, 2006  |  by  |  published in Culture

Did my lady ever Kiss thee O! Rhododendron? That flowers thine Bloom sweet nectar red. – Dhaleta Surender Kumar As the cold March out, and March in the flowers, woken from hibernation – red bloom the Himalayas with the cosmic Buraas. Is it a bride decked in red or are these the – Juuini raa […]

The mythical/mystical Hatkoti

August 3rd, 2006  |  by  |  published in Culture, Tourism

The temple of Mahishasur Mardini with the Golden Kalash (Photo: Dhaleta Surender Kumar) Amidst the paddy filelds, surrounded by towering mountains and a jolly, gurgling Pabbar flowing by, the Hatkoti temple, adorned by the peaceful Mahishasur Mardini stands tall. Filled with devotion, the heart beats faster as the bus approaches the temple. The first view […]

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