River Cruise | River Ganga (Varanasi)

Varanasi is one of the most visited religious destinations in India, thanks to its historic ghats, splendid temples and the distinct flavour of the city itself. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, a fact that makes it even more fascinating as a popular tourist spot in India. It is the river Ganga though, which lends the city its identity. Indeed, the city and the river have become synonymous with each other. We went for the evening river cruise for the fabulous views of the river Ganga, the ancient Ghats and the Ganga Aarti. Continue reading River Cruise | River Ganga (Varanasi)

Prayagraj to Varanasi Trip

We were travelling from Prayagraj to Varanasi. Due to some last moment changes in the programme, we visited Sitamarhi a.k.a. Sita Samahit Sthal, which is in between Prayagraj and Varanasi. In Varanasi, we went to worship at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in the morning. This is the first time I visited since the renovation of the place. It’s awesome. But, I was missing the emotional connection, which is lost in the renovation and reorganisation of the system at the temple. Continue reading Prayagraj to Varanasi Trip

Medibriefcase & Our Medical Check-up Camp

A lack of affordability, accessibility, and awareness surrounding healthcare services throughout India continues to inhibit the penetration of quality medical services, especially in rural regions and tier III urban centres, where the majority of the Indian population lives.
In our endeavour to make quality healthcare available at smaller centres and to the deprived sections of society, the Medibriefcase organised a free medical check-up camp at the orphanage — Vatsalya Dham — in the Ramgarh district of the Jharkhand state. Continue reading Medibriefcase & Our Medical Check-up Camp

Decorating Goddess Durga

The prominence of the worship of Durga dates back to a time in history that can best be described as the hoary past often considered to be similar in nature to the gradual development of mother and nature worship across the globe. The ornamentation is evolving through the ages. There were mainly two kinds of embellishments or saaj that used to be made then – sholar saaj and daker saaj. But nothing remains forever. Now, Durga idols are decorated with colourful sarees and ornaments. Continue reading Decorating Goddess Durga

Is India Heading Towards a Recession?

Ever since the COVID-19 crisis started all over the world, the risk of different economies falling into the grip of recession has increased. The fear of a recession once again in the world has deepened. The impact of a US recession on India will depend on the magnitude of the recession; how big the recession is. While the economy has shown resilience, it cannot remain immune to a slowdown in the global economy and a possible recession in advanced economies. Continue reading Is India Heading Towards a Recession?

Unexplored Wonder | Bagda Valley Near Ranchi

On the morning of Monday, 11 July 2022, as I woke up and looked up towards the sky and I felt from inside “Aaj Kuch Toofani Karte Hain!” After some googling for a bike ride in this lovely weather, I found a place called Bagda valley viewpoint. I was not aware of this place as it’s still not on the popular tourist map but some people have been exploring it recently on bikes. The whole trip, the off-road riding and the steep uphill climb, everything is done to reach there was worth it. Continue reading Unexplored Wonder | Bagda Valley Near Ranchi

Mount Magica | Magical Experience in Ranchi

Mount Magica is a farmhouse located in Tatisilwai, about 25 kilometres away from the Capital of Jharkhand, Ranchi. Overall it was a fun and entertaining experience. The resort charged us on a per-head basis for the entire package and it was all worth it. It is a great getaway for a day near Ranchi where you don’t need to bring anything for a picnic, rather just reach the spot and enjoy the nature, surroundings and in-house games. It was a memorable day and we all loved and really enjoyed the Sunday outing. Continue reading Mount Magica | Magical Experience in Ranchi

Bahurupi | Dying Folk Culture of Bengal

A Bahurupi is a street performer, dressed up in various characters in different times and it is considered one of the ancient professions. For most performances, there is a story structured into the persona of the performer himself within his make-up, costume and role. Historically, these bohurupis would dress up as Hindu gods, goddesses, or mythical characters like Ram, Shiva, Kali, and so on and perform in front of Kings and zamindars. My first encounter with a bahurupi happened through one such immensely popular literary work titled Srikanta by ‘Katha shilpi’ Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Continue reading Bahurupi | Dying Folk Culture of Bengal

Dollar-Rupee Heading 80 & May Hit 82

The Indian rupee has plunged more than 6 per cent against the US dollar this year and tumbled to record lows against the American currency in recent weeks, weighed down by broad strength in the greenback and as investors retreated from domestic share markets. This is in spite of the Indian central bank’s conviction and actions to stall a freefall. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has attempted to save the vulnerable rupee. The analysts say the dollar is likely going to remain strong for the next three months, possibly to the end of the year. The Fed wants to maintain a strong dollar so that the dollar can remain the world’s major reserve currency. Continue reading Dollar-Rupee Heading 80 & May Hit 82

The Tricolour is unfurled on Republic Day and not hoisted

Today, India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day and the unfurling of the tricolour flag, parades, and cultural functions are held across the country. The hoisting of a flag signifies the country was freed after a span of colonial domination. The unfurling of the tricolour signifies that as a flag of a free country, it cannot stay hung at a lower height, but is held high above. On the 26th of January the tricolour is unfurled, that is, the flag stays high up at the tip of the flag pole (not at the middle or lower height of the pole) folded, and is spread out with the pull of the rope. Continue reading The Tricolour is unfurled on Republic Day and not hoisted