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23 January, 2020

GAP Year

Miriam loves to read and she wants to read all the award-winning books by the time she turns 21. But usual school life doesn’t leave her with much time especially since she has to focus on her class XIIth exams. She has to fare well in the exams so that she could get admission into […]

23 January, 2020

Theyyam

Theyyam begins when God has arrived. An ancient ritualistic art form, Theyyam predates Hinduism and is derived from tribal animism. It is a possessed performance wherein the dancer attains a state of trance before the culmination of his performance. An exclusively male domain, Theyyam dancers are trained from their tender teenage years and disciplined in […]

23 January, 2020

Ajrak

Ajrak, meaning blue in Arabic is said to signify the universe which is believed to be an interplay of vibrant hues of the color palette: color red for the earth, black for darkness, white for clouds and blue for the universe itself.  Think of the moonless night sky, think of midnight, think of the absolute […]

23 January, 2020

Gundecha Brothers

Pioneers of the oldest surviving classical style of Hindustani (or North Indian) vocal music, dhrupad, derives its name is from dhruva-pada, simply meaning “refrain,” and denotes both a form of poetry and a style of music in which the poetry is sung. Dhrupad which literally means sure-footedness is said to have four broad stylistic variants […]

23 January, 2020

This day, that year

 When: December 1953   Background: In the 1950s segregation laws in many states of the US prohibited African American children and white children from attending the same schools. But Linda Brown, an African American girl, rose  to challenge this norm. She could not attend a less-crowded white school a few blocks from her home in […]

23 January, 2020

Letter from the Past: Vincent van Gogh

Below is the letter by famous Dutch painter Vincent  Van Gogh to his mother Anna describing his struggle with his mental illness and inability to find meaning in his work. This heart-warming letter is dated 23 December 1889, almost 7 years before his death is an account of a son’s love for his mother and […]

23 January, 2020

Food Diaries

My earliest memory is about food: in all forms almost all the places I know. The three years that hold the most entrenched memories of food in my life were the first three years I spent with my grandmother in Kerala. Hot piles of fat boiled rice with fiery fish curry at home. My legs […]

23 January, 2020

Frozen || #MovieReview

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Music by: Robert Lopez and Kristen- Anderson Lopez Score by: Christophe Beck   The sequel to the original Frozen franchise that released in 2013, this musical takes off with the story of Elsa, the Snow Queen and Anna who […]

23 January, 2020

Persepolis: Marjane Satrapi #BookReview

Using powerful black-and-white comic strip, this book which is a virtual laugh riot tells a haunting tale of the life of a little girl in Iran. Grappling with the intense pace of a familiar world collapsing around her, Satrapi captures the madness of growing up against the political turmoil of her country. As Penguin Random […]

23 January, 2020

Kartik Sawhney #Teenspiration

The article was originally published in the January edition of The Plus. Breaking all odds and choosing to pursue science, Kartik Sawhney fought all odds to prove that his disability would not serve as an impediment in the pursuit of his personal and professional goals. Being the first blind student to pursue science education in […]

16 January, 2020

The Magic of the Night Sky

Story by Anannya Shetty has won the best story award in 999 Not Out – a story writing competition organized by IGenPlus. I collapsed on the creaky bed my grandparents had set up in the attic with an exhausted sigh. I was mad at the world and it did not help that my parents had […]

16 January, 2020

Language Without Barriers

Story by Gouri Mehra has won the best story award in 999 Not Out – a story writing competition organized by IGenPlus. Naina stared at the pile of homework lying on her table. She didn’t care much for it, but today she decided to get it over with. She had spent most of the summer […]

16 January, 2020

The Adventure She Forgot

Story by Amisha Balwani has won the best story award in 999 Not Out – a story writing competition organized by IGenPlus. A few people sleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow. Caroline was not one of them. She wondered about her day, gazed at things around her room and went over a […]

16 January, 2020

Gullak

Story by Rita Singh has won the best story award in 999 Not Out – a story writing competition organized by IGenPlus. I woke up. It was still dark. I saw my father goung towards the paddy fields. The air was dry and the sky, cloudless. I got up to go  towards him. He seemed […]

16 January, 2020

The Guest

Story by Ritika Rana has won the best story award in 999 Not Out – a story writing competition organized by IGenPlus. I woke up. It was still dark. I saw my father going towards the paddy fields. The air was dry and the sky, cloudless. I got up to go towards him. My father […]

8 December, 2019

Vienna Boy’s Choir

The article was originally published in the December edition of The Plus.    “A choir consists of many individuals who have to act as a team. A good concert can become a great performance if every single participant can bring his own personality to the mix.” -Gerald Wirth   Who: Over more than 700 years […]

8 December, 2019

Thai Cuisine

The article was originally published in the December edition of The Plus.    Thai cuisine is (like any other) is a confluence of cultures. It originally was not a distinct cuisine but originated with the people who emigrated from the Southern Chinese provinces. With Szechwan, Buddhist (“Indian”) and links with Southern Muslim states, Thai cuisine evolved […]

8 December, 2019

Bihu

The article was originally published in the December edition of The Plus.    A frenzy sets forth when the women move in snake-like movements as they slither enacting their enchantment to the pepa. Their foreheads are dotted with big vermillion dots, their hair pulled back to a tight bun. White flowers adorn their hair with a […]

8 December, 2019

Ga…Ga…Gig Economy

The article was originally published in the December edition of The Plus.    Shaina loves to eat bagels and she would trade anything in the world to sit in her room and wolf them down with cold coffee. She enjoys binge-watching online series. She enjoys her work too, which requires her to design videos for companies. […]

24 October, 2019

Importance of Reading

My mother would read out all kinds of stories. I loved it when she would modulate her voice and she’d make all kinds of animal noises too. She would sometimes even make up her own stories and I would add my own bits. The magic of words, the warmth of their caress still lingers on […]

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