Yusuf Molla, a farmer in Rajshahi’s Tanore, has at least 200 rare and almost extinct varieties of paddy in his collection that he has developed over the years out of love for the crop. During a visit last month, this correspondent found 77 sections in Yusuf’s land. Each section had a signboard carrying the name of the variety cultivated there. Each variety has a distinct texture, colour, smell, and taste.
In her video, Pakistani Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer Sheema Kermani explains how dance for a woman is a freeing experience. “For me, there is a direct relationship between dance and liberation. When a woman stands on stage to dance what she’s saying is: ‘Here I am, I’m not ashamed of my body, I am confident and I do not fear you.’
Princeton Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, Dr.Gananath Obesekere, says that here is strong historical evidence that Brahmin purohitas were present in most, if not all, the Sinhalese Buddhist kingdoms of Sri Lanka. Palm leaf manuscripts collected over the last ten years and written from the 16 th.century onwards by village intellectuals, not only refer to the mass immigration of South Indian people but also deal with Brahmin movements into Sri Lanka, and list some of the villages they were settled in.”
Sri Lanka’s connection with Kerala is reflected in history, folklore and oral traditions, rites, rituals and festivals, architecture and lifestyle and, of course, in food, notes South Asian cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai
Sri Lanka is nestled like a jewel that has been delicately placed by hand in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It offers a glimpse into a pristine and unspoiled coastline that’s ripe for exploring, says Jeremy Drake in www.escape.com.au
If Bollywood movies churn out dreams, Bombay city is where people from all corners of India go chasing their dreams, writes Chinese journalist Tang Lu.
For the past decade or so, Pakistan has been bending over backwards to portray itself, not just as an Islamic country, but as a land with a Buddhist past – a past which it is keen on preserving and propagating. The Center for Gandharan and Buddhist Studies is part of the effort to preserve and foster an important part of the country’s heritage which could help build bridges with Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka. Islamabad feels the need for Colombo’s cooperation in helping the Center realize its full potential.
Celebrated Indian TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi is a devout Muslim, who was in prison for 18 years for allegedly murdering his wife. In jail, he made sure that he didn’t miss out on his daily namaz, but he also faithfully read Hindu scriptures Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength and taught the Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates to share the spiritual benefits he had derived from them.
The history of the Bengali Hindu festival of Durga puja is inextricably linked with the history of the Kumbhars, the clay idol makers from Kumartuli in North Kolkata. Cultural anthropologist and historian, Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai, traces the fascinating history of the Kumbhars and the Durga Puja in this piece in newsin.asia
A human rights campaigner at heart Rabiya Javed Agha was responsible for promulgation of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill 2017, the Hindu marriage Act 2017, the ICT Child Protection Bill and Juvenile Justice Ordinance System 2018, when she was serving in the Human Rights Ministry.