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Goa – Remnants of Portugal Posted by on Mar 30, 2022

Church in Goa

On the West coast of India lies the smallest state सबसे छोटा – Goa. Portuguese explorer Afonso Alberqueque conquered and ruled Goa. Goa is strategically रणनीतिक situated on the West coast with deep harbors for trading ships to dock in. This was important for the spice trade involving रणनीतिक ports in Africa and the Far…

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Bandra – Then and Now Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

Bandra, Mumbai is a bustling suburb on the west coast पश्चिमी तट of Mumbai city. Waves लहर from the Arabian Sea pound Bandra’s shores day दिन in and day out, bringing landlocked घिरा residents to her beaches सागरतट and waterfront तट promenades. I grew up in the sleepy suburb उपनगर in the seventies and eighties…

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A Tiger Safari in January Posted by on Jan 11, 2022

If you watch and listen to this Uttarakhand native provide an explanation व्याख्या of Bengal tiger sightings in Jim Corbett National Park, you will want to jump on a plane to go there immediately तुरंत. Jim Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the many tourist sites of India. This gorgeous wildlife sanctuary…

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Chor Bazaar – Thieves Market Posted by on Jan 6, 2022

Thieves Market Mumbai

One of India’s original flea markets कबाड़ी बाजार located in South Mumbai. The word for flea is kabaddi in Hindi. The name of the market is ‘Chor Bazaar’ or ‘Thieves Market’. It’s original name was ‘Shor Bazaar’ because it was noisyशोर But over time evolved and true to its name took on the form of…

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The Chambers of Resilience Posted by on Nov 26, 2021


The people of Mumbai are tough कठोर as all major city residents are. However, there is a difference अंतर to the persona of the Mumbaikar. They come from all over India with dreams सपना to make it in this big city. They have to fight caste prejudices पक्षपात, language barriers and cultural hurdles बाधा to…

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Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya Gypsies Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Rajasthan’s Thar desert is known for its scorching जलानेवाला sand and rugged बीहड़ terrain filled with snakes and other venomous creatures. This is where the Kalbeliya Gypsies कंजर जाति choose to live. Kalbeliya is from the word ‘kal’  meaning death मौत. The word Kalbeliya connotes victory विजय over poisonous snakes and death. Snake charmers, Shepherds…

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Mumbai: Koliwadas and Gaothans Posted by on Jun 19, 2021

The Kolis are one of Mumbai’s oldest communities सबसे पुराने समुदाय living in Koliwadas. Their industry उद्योग which is fishing is instrumental in determining निर्धारण में सहायक the coastline of Mumbai. There was another एक और community that flourished निखरा back in the day. These natives communities मूल निवासी समुदाय are called the Gaothans. This…

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