Thogalu Bombe – the art of shadow puppetry

An art form that merges music, performance and puppets, Thogalu Bombeyata is a unique shadow puppet show that is practiced in Karnataka. This folk art has several variations as Sutrada Gombeyata and Yakshagana Bayalata. Basically thogalu means hide of the animal skin and this art form uses special leather puppets to play out scenes from the epics – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and mythology. In Sutrada Gombeyata, practiced in Southern Mysore, puppets are made from light wood that is rot

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Fitness Forecast 2018

It’s the start of another spanking New Year and that time when you are all set to make your fitness resolutions. While trends like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Vinyasa /Tang and Ying / Glow / Sound Yoga, Martial Arts, Body Weight Training and Water Workouts made waves in 2017 and will extend to 2018, there is much more to look forward this year. And if you are the kind of person that is looking for interesting alternatives and like

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How to Hone Your Hobby?

When I ask most people what they do for a hobby, the common answer is “I used to do this (some hobby) earlier but now I don’t have time.” While the trappings of urban society can get the better of you, the importance of a hobby in your life can hardly be over emphasized. A hobby can make changes to each day upping your happiness quotient. Now that is something hard to beat right? Hobby Matters Life has become very

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The Charms of Reunion Islands

Starting this one with a confession, I must admit that I had never heard of the Reunion Islands before I visited the country. And on looking up the place I was surprised that this country is a French department and is technically part of France in spite of the fact that it is a whopping 9386 km away from Paris! So naturally I was both excited and intrigued to discover this country and when I returned I came back amazed

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Wish List – Mumbai 2018

As the curtains go up on 2018, the dawn of the New Year for realty. This means it’s time to look at what can be done to give Mumbai’s realty a much needed boost. Impact of RERA and REITs As commercial real estate is capital-intensive it is an investment avenue and also the limited investment opportunities with regard to high-grade office assets, real estate investments trust (REITs) seem to be a boon for the Indian real estate sector. “The increased

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Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel Review

Can a big city break be a relaxing sojourn? Well, if you thought that was an oxymoron, think again. A visit to Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel dispels this myth and gives you a much needed break which is in the city and yet away from its hustle and bustle. Making the Difference Part of the Accor Group, Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel is a unique hotel in more ways than one. For one it is a stone’s throw away from Hyderabad’s

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Meditation Matters

“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment” ~ Alan Watts What does exercise mean to you? Well you may immediately answer gym, yoga, Pilates, zumba and more. However while all this is to do with your physical body, it is important to also focus on mind wellness and the single best way to do this is well, meditate. Do it Right Meditation is the most natural form of being. You

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48 Hours In Muscat

The cultural hotspot of the region, Muscat is a potpourri of tradition, heritage and modernity that is woven together seamlessly to give the visitor an experience that is unparallel. It was my first visit to Muscat and Oman and I went with an open mind. I suggest you too as this city will surprise you with the many things it has to offer – from food, museums, shopping, culture and more. DAY 1 A mix of heritage, history and shopping –

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Vaani – Lending A Ear

In November 2002 a feasibility study was carried out on issues surrounding childhood deafness in India. Based on the findings of the feasibility study, the fact-finding visits and workshops, the vision which emerged was for family members to acquire some basic knowledge and understanding about deafness, teachers to have specialist knowledge and abilities that would enable young deaf children to achieve their full potential. What came through as a huge gap was the need for parent involvement in the lives

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New Age Education Trends

When my niece told me she was interested to do a course in Liberal Arts for her graduation, I actually looked up the course to understand it better. Soon I found that apart from this there are a whole lot of new age courses like Spa Management, Rural Studies, Cyber security, Puppetry, Tea/coffee tasting, Public Health Entomology, Habitat Policy and Practice, Wine Taster, Ethical Hacking and Photonics. Education options in India are changing and this is happening to ensure that

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