Significance of Rituals

Ritual formed structure and hierarchy and helped define their place in the world. Ritual gives shape to emotions and helps humans come to terms with the major events of life. As modern religions emerged, ancient rituals were absorbed into new forms. A religious ritual is a standardised, repetitive sequence of activities. It involves the manipulation of religious symbols such as prayers, offerings, and readings of sacred literature.

Love actually | Ancient couple found in Harappan grave

A few days ago, I read an interesting news that archaeologists have made a first of its kind discovery of a rare couple’s grave — the skeletal remains of a young man and woman, interred with his face turned towards her — has been excavated at the Harappan settlement at Rakhigarhi in Haryana, about 150km…

“Small Lie” in Doha Airport

While transiting through Hamad International Airport (HIA) this time, I saw a new huge sculpture. I was drawn at it by its huge size and a bit of comical artwork. It's named "Small Lie.” Airport artwork doesn't get much bigger than at Doha's Airport, which now boasts another giant sculpture to sit alongside the iconic 23-foot canary yellow teddy bear — “Lamp Bear” by Urs Fischer.

What’s in a name? | On changing names of cities

Changing a town’s name for a singular – even arbitrary – purpose, even if only temporarily, has a relatively long history. According to the Guardian, Hot Springs, New Mexico changed its name to Truth or Consequences in 1950 to win a radio contest and have that popular radio game show broadcast from the tiny community…

Cruise along the Mandovi river

Goa is one of India's most beloved tourist destinations. Though the Arabian Sea and the miles of golden coastline are popular among tourists, the long and wide beautiful rivers offer the incredible opportunity of river cruises. In the morning of our second day in Goa, we booked for sunset cruise over river Mandovi with Swastik…

Se Cathedral | The largest church in Asia

The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. It is located in Old Goa, India. The word Sé is Portuguese for See. An episcopal see is, in the usual meaning of the phrase, the area of a bishop's ecclesiastical jurisdiction.

Viceroy’s Arch, Old Goa

The European colonialism has its roots in Goa with the establishment of a Portuguese colony in the 16th century. Among the time-honoured vestiges of by-gone Portuguese era, the Viceroy Gate is of particular interest. It was the gateway to new era of colonialism in India and followed by British  Imperialism. The Viceroy’s arch in Old…