Impressive penetration of digital payments in India

A few days ago, I went to pick up my son from his hospital in the morning; he was finishing his night duty. We decided to have tea from the tea-shop just next to the hospital gate. I was surprised to find that the tea-seller was accepting digital payments. Then again, a couple of days…

Patratu Valley | Mesmerising Road Trip

I am brought up in Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, mainly. We thought of driving down the Patratu valley earlier but because of Naxalite threats, we didn’t pursue our plans earlier. Now, the areas are safe and free from the Naxalite menace. During this visit of my father, we thought of driving down to mesmerising…

Biked to cross the Tropic of Cancer

I recently bought a Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signal bike. My father and I just decided in the morning to drive the bike to cross the Tropic of Cancer and have our morning tea on a roadside eatery after crossing the Tropic line. The Tropic of Cancer is one of the five major circles of…

Ajam Emba | Great tasting, healthy food

It was for some time my son was planning for slow food lunch. The Durga Puja days also mean feasting. We decided to go for the slow food lunch at Ajam Emba — an indigenous slow-food eatery in Ranchi serving authentic Oraon dishes. Ajam Emba in Kurukh language means great taste, healthy food. Slow food is the food…

Manda Festival | Pray for monsoon rain

Manda is celebrated to pray for monsoon rain. The Manda festival takes place primarily in and around 100 km radius of Ranchi, especially in villages where the majority of the people belong to Munda and Oraon tribes. The festival involves various rituals rituals to bring blessings of Lord Shiva for good crops and health leading to prosperity.

Ram Navami in Jharkhand

Ram Navami Procession in Ranchi

Ram Navami or Rama Navami is celebrated every year by the Hindus to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama, who is believed to be one of the Dashavatara (ten incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Unlike other regions in India where Rama Navami festival is celebrated for a day, it is observed in Jharkhand for a full month.

Pahari Mandir, Ranchi

The temple of Lord Shiva is situated in the heart of the city on a hill called Pahari Mandir. The 2,140 feet Ranchi hill houses the temple at its summit. Ranchi hill was earlier being known as Phansi Tongri (Hanging Hill) and it was the place where freedom fighters were hanged to death. It’s said that more than 250 freedom fighters were hanged here from the trees by the British rulers. Pahari Mandir holds the distinction of being the only temple in the country to continue with the tradition of hoisting the national flag every Independence Day ever since the first Tricolour was unfurled here in the intervening night of August 14 and 15, 1947.