A walk down the museum, however, reveals that it is not “only about Nehru”. Its exhibits paint a holistic portrait of how the country wrought its freedom.
Click here to read my story on a special mosque at Delhi’s Nizamuddin railway station which is run by coolies.
The “Free School: Under the Bridge” –as christened by its creator Rajesh Kumar Sharma — teaches hundreds of poor children who live in shacks and hutments dotting the banks of the Yamuna.
Djinns live in the heart of Delhi: they are spirits tending to the faithful seeking help. On Thursdays, they are busy when thousands turn up with letters for them.
Welcome to the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla fort: it was built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the fourteenth century and now nestles between a cricket stadium and Delhi’s Ring Road. In the niches and alcoves of its stone walls, believers pray, light candles and diyas, and write letters to djinns, supernatural creatures of Islamic mythology made of fire rather than clay as humans are.
Though the week-long Pushkar Mela is internationally popular for what’s known to be the largest camel fair in the world, residents feel that along with the animal trading what adds to the splendour of the event is amalgamation of different cultures.
Primarily associated with the Tantric Shakti cult of worship, Ambubachi celebrates the menstruation period of Goddess Kamakhya. The gates of the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati remain closed for three days while lakhs of believers, who gather at the temple from all across the country, chant from the sciptures and sing devotional songs. The gates are…