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The Many Legends of Navratri

The festival of Navratri in honour of Goddess Durga has begun with great pomp and show all over India. Celebrated for nine nights and culminating with Dussehra, Navratri has its share of folklore in different regions. Some believe that Lord Rama invoked Warrior Goddess Durga for nine days to give him strength to defeat Ravana, while others honour Goddess Durga’s triumph over demon Mahishasura after a nine-day battle.

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:00 AM at Gurgaon
Love of Beer

It is one thing to celebrate Oktoberfest, and quite another to hail it the German way. Perchance I’ve enjoyed a taste of both. Witnessing the Volksfest (People’s Fest) in Munich has been a moment to cherish, and equally fond is the reminiscence of people there and of German friends who visit India for a taste of sun and sand.

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6:52 PM at Gurgaon
Ganpati Bappa Morya

It is that time of the year when the entire state of Maharashtra comes alive in festivities. The omnipresence of Lord Ganpati, reverberating dhol-tasha, saffron-coloured air, and the chant of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ liven up the auspicious Ganesh Utsav, even as people dance in veneration on streets and crossways, where colossal and vividly coloured idols of the elephant-headed god loom large.

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
‘Tour de Mumbai’ – Of Cycles, Trains and Two Strong Feet

It all begins with a tilak (a religious mark on the forehead) in the morning, much like a ceremony before a day’s battle. Then a steel chariot in the form of a heavy, iron-bodied bicycle, which races across townships, follows. The tilak-ed man climbs quite a few flights of stairs to collect boxes from multi-storeyed buildings and fits them

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Posted by: The Hummer
6:50 PM at Gurgaon
Care for Some Cookies?

The expression belongs to England, but the cookie lies elsewhere!

The word ‘cookie’ is part of popular parlance across the Atlantic, in the West, and the British (along with much of Europe) still love to call that small, flat, baked treat a ‘biscuit’. The word even carries a European etymology: Latin words bis (twice) and coquere (cooked) make up what the French called bescuit, wherein the French used to bake the flavoured dough first and then slow-dry it in the oven.

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Posted by: The Hummer
6:06 PM at Gurgaon
Those Monsoon Greens...

Now that we’re entering August, the clouds of the Indian monsoon have spread all across the subcontinent. Oftentimes they touch the surface as a gentle sprinkle, and with the cool breeze rises the desire for a warm cup of tea or coffee. At other times, they lash the ground incessantly and become unwelcome.

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Posted by: The Hummer
8:14 PM at Gurgaon
Yo-Ho-Ho, and the Poet on Rum!

‘I drink to make other people more interesting’
– Ernest Hemingway

When Earnest Hemingway said these words, he was most likely sipping on his favourite El Papa Doble. This large drink could knock out many a man after just a couple of rounds, especially on a breezy summer afternoon at a white-sand beach in the Caribbean or Key West. But for Hemingway, it was a show of pride.

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Posted by: The Hummer
12:40 PM at Gurgaon
In the Spirit of Soccer

The UEFA Euro is heading to the knockout stages, and the football fervour is beginning to mount up the charts. Bursting soccer ball! Torn jerseys! Fan rage! Maybe not the best moments from UEFA 2016, but all of it does goes to show how passionate the whole of Europe becomes during this much loved tournament.

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:55 AM at Gurgaon
A Day in Holy Ramadan

With the auspicious sighting of the crescent moon, the holy month of Ramadan has begun, honouring the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad. Observed with a month of fasting from dawn until sunset, Ramadan epitomises ‘restraint’ and ‘purity’.

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Posted by: The Hummer
1:25 PM at Gurgaon
A Taste of Summer

Summer is in full sway and the first flavour to hit the head is that of heat!

It’s only understandable to bear the heat of the scorching season first, before savouring what else it has to offer. So as the May sun peaks and temperatures reach a crescendo, it’s incredibly important to understand what your body might be wanting.

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:35 AM at Gurgaon
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