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India Aims to be Plastic Free by 2022 Posted by on Sep 7, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the occasion of World Environment Day विश्व पर्यावरण दिवस के अवसर पर (vishwa paryavaran divas ke avasar par) the Government of India भारत सरकार (Bharat Sarkar) became one of a few countries कुछ देशों में से एक (kuch deshon mein se ek) in the world to announce घोषित करना (ghoshit karna) a strict सख़्त (sakht) ban प्रतिबंध /पाबन्दी (pratibundh/paabundi) on one-time use plastic. This move has been…

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Athletes from India Shine at the 2018 Asian Games Posted by on Aug 30, 2018

At the time of writing this blog इस ब्लॉग को लिखने के समय (is blog ko likhne ke samay), the 12th day १२वां दिन (baarahvan din) of the 18th Asian Games १८वें एशियाई खेलों का (athaarven Aeshiyaa-i khelon ka) is underway in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. The Asian Games are held once every four years In a superb उत्तम (uttam) display प्रदर्शन (pradarshan) of effort प्रयास (prayaas) and athleticism…

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Book Recommendation Posted by on Aug 24, 2018

It is difficult कठिन (kathin) to gauge अनुमान लगाना (anumaan lagaana) traffic flow in India. With that in mind, on a recent हाल ही के (haal hi ke) trip सफ़र (safar) out of Hyderabad, I arrived at the airport with a fairly large amount of time before my onward flight. As I looked through the bookstore किताबों की दुकान (kitabon ki dukaan) at the airport, “Everybody Loves a Good Drought” by P…

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The World’s Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand Posted by on Aug 11, 2018

In recent news of unusual happenings. the Guinness World Records holder for the world’s longest fingernails नाखून (naakhoon) on a single hand, Shridhar Chillal, decided to part with them in a nail-clipping ceremony in New York. Chillal, who is now 82, had been growing his fingernails on his left hand since the age of 16 १६ साल की उम्र…

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Venturing on The Mumbai Suburban Railway Posted by on Jul 31, 2018

Most visitors to India and Mumbai have heard about the packed local trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Few have the courage to venture a ride and those who do so are either exhilarated or scarred … the experience is yours to define. The swell of passengers will sweep you in and shove you out of…

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Traditional Crafts as Trip Souvenirs Posted by on Jul 22, 2018

Regional handicrafts हस्तकला (hastkala) in India are popular not only for their regional  प्रादेशिक (praadeshik) uniqueness विशिष्टता (vishishtataa) and beauty, but they also make great souvenirs and gifts for travelers यात्री (yaatri) to take back home. The government of India has Cottage Industries Emporium showrooms across the country and also at airports, where you can find traditional पारम्परिक (paaramparik) crafts शिल्प (shilp) from various parts of the country. The objects available…

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Rail Journeys Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

If you are ever seized by the desire to see India up close करीब से (qareeb se), and should you have a good month at your disposal, chart a journey यात्रा (yaatra)  that puts you on India’s magnificent railway network, crisscrossing and connecting major hubs, cities, towns and remote villages across the length and breadth of the country. In…

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