Category Archives: festival

Onam, a festival that people long to celebrate, a festival that brings everyone together, a festival that invokes joy and oneness, a festival close to the hearts of all Malayalis. But what does it look like from the perspective of someone who isn’t a Malayali. Read this piece to find out.

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Loud noises of the Gypsy Jeeps were echoing in every alleyway. Alleyways stuffed with people as far as the eye could see. While most of them were rushing to listen to The Man in White speak, a few seemed to be making their way out of the crowd, almost as if they were looking for something precious that they had just lost. Pandemonium. This was the only possible way to describe the night, right in the middle of which was a young girl.

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Jazz: Music of the Soul, Played by the Heart. A day to express individuality through music, International Jazz Day stands to highlight the role that Jazz has played since its inception in unifying people of diverse backgrounds and regions of the world.

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by: Rithika Palvayi Hmmmm, if I’d have to choose between “3, 2, 1…..Happy New Year” and, “Ugadi Subhakankshalu”, I’d go with the latter, any day. Because apart from wearing our traditional outfits and clicking some of the best pictures, there’s much more than you’d expect there to be. You might be appalled by the revelation, but I’m guessing you won’t be if you kept reading.  If you’re also thinking, “what the hell?”, you should take a trip to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (went by alphabetical order, no biasing) – the two profound Telugu states of India, during April, more or less. That’s when our New Year celebrations take place. The fun in waking up to the smell of the tamarind paste/juice stands unparalleled. The special delicacy we make that day is not only our favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also holds importance and much meaning in our lives.  Bet…

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by: Prajjwal RT Scattered and hidden all across Eggs of different sizes, of different shapes, of winsome patterns Few were hand-carved wooden,  Few were plastic, The remaining few, real Concealed and camouflaged,  With appetizing confectionery beneath Oh, what joy it was to hunt the Easter Eggs! And when you crack it open You find the empty tomb of Jesus,  Where the birth of a new life took place The Resurrection The belief in life after death In strewing April flowers after the frigid winters In spirits rising from ashes In a new dawn, awakening us from a deep slumber In a welcoming hope after morbid miseries Each egg, entitled to fetch different rewards A handful of them, For your healing and reconciliation, For mercy and compassion For love and affection And the rest of which which are bogus and insipid Attractive from the outside but blemished within The ones filled…

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Holi, the festival of colour and rejoice. A festival where people come together, keeping their grudges aside and forgetting their caste, religion and gender to celebrate the festival together. It is the festival that turns everyone into blank canvases, ready to be coloured by our friends and family.

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