Faith & Belief, Travel & Leisure

Maihar: Where the Mother’s necklace fell

Mom and I came to Allahabad at my maternal uncle’s house on the occasion of Diwali and Kali Puja. Yesterday we planned to visit Maihar today for pilgrimage. Maihar is around 200 km from Allahabad. Maihar is known for the temple of revered mother goddess Sharda situated on Trikuta hill of Maihar. It is in … Continue reading

Food & Drink, History & Heritage

Kunafeh: Sweet Cheese Pastry

Today, we went to Mansour Mall in the evening. We thought of having Kunafeh (sweet cheese pastry) and so we walked into MADO Cafe. MADO is a Turkish ice-cream brand and has over 250 branches working as cafes and restaurants all over the world. The brand gets its name from two words : "Maraş", the former name of … Continue reading

Faith & Belief, Views & Opinion

Ravana’s teachings from his deathbed

This story is not in Ramcharitmanas or in Valmiki Ramayana, but it was probably added in some later versions of Ramayana. This story is, however, very famous. After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshmana: “Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he … Continue reading

Event & Festival

Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) — Non-Resident Indian Centre — in New Delhi today on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, as an institution to help engage with India’s vast diaspora and commemorate their trials, tribulations and achievements. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj was also present at the event. Indian embassy organised live … Continue reading

Nature & Environment, Science & Technology

Ophiuchus, the 13th Zodiac sign

While most people probably make their important life decisions based on, oh I don't know, common sense and things like that, there are a whole lot of people around the world who do take their star signs and horoscopes seriously, and with more than 25 percent of respondents in a recent survey calling astrology "very … Continue reading

Business & Finance, Politics & Social Issues

Social Impact Bonds — an innovative approach

Now making waves in public finance circles are Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). It's an innovative approach to finance social service programs that combines outcome-based payments and market discipline. They are designed to raise private capital for intensive support and preventative programs which address areas of pressing social need. It is a financial mechanism in which investors pay … Continue reading