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Kamarpukur – The Birth Place of Sri Ramakrishna

By Shekher Phadnis

In the 19th century, English educated Indians were increasingly succumbing to western influence and developing contempt for everything traditional. It was then that an illiterate sage whose teaching helped re-establish faith in the ancient religious traditions and spread the message that all religions were true and deserved equal respect, appeared in Bengal. This sage was Ramakrishna Paramahansa (known respectfully as Thakur), whose famous disciple - Swami Vivekananda, later took the world by storm.

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Calm in the Face of Odds

By Mário Cabral e Sá

One must admire CM Digambar Kamat for his coolness. Besieged by as many problems as he has, he remains unrattled. And always hopes for the best. So far, the gods and saints he venerates have always stood by him.

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Evaluating the Panchayati Raj in Goa

By Tomazinho Cardozo

Panchayati Raj was an ambitious dream of the Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted to strengthen democracy at the grassroots level through this system. Goa got Panchayati Raj only after 1961,

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Food Culture of the Indigenous

By Vinayak Khedekar

The lifestyle of a society living in a particular region is influenced by nature and the environment and the same aspects also dominate the food habits. The mental attitude of a human being is developed on the basis of the food consumed.

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Inspired by the Nightingale

By Prajal Sakhardande

Popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’ Sarojini Naidu the fearless freedom fighter was born on February 13, 1879. She was an inspiration to all later women freedom fighters of India including the Goan women freedom fighters. On this day let us pay a tribute all the women who fought the Portuguese regime.

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Spirituality, Career and Family

By Sadhguru


Q: If I follow a spiritual path, can I pursue a career and family life?

These questions are always being asked: ‘If I follow a spiritual path can I do my job properly? Can I live with my family? Can I wear good clothes? Can I eat well? Can I do this or that?’ Whenever anything new approaches you, you resist.

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Cabinet Reshuffle

By Khushwant Singh

For over a week all our newspapers and TV channels kept forecasting a political earthquake of major dimensions which would shake the whole of India as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was going to reshuffle his Cabinet of Ministers.

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Honey: The Nectar of Life

By Dr Kasturi Desai

One by-product of flowers from plants that has a lot of curative and nutritional value is honey. Honey as all of us know is the sweet yellowish, red or dark red liquid produced by honey bees. The colour differs as the source of the honey is from different flowers.

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Fasting Feasting

By Melinda Pereira Kamat


Time: 15 mins, Yield: 4 ½ watis


1 wati vari [Panicum milliaceum, 150g], frozen green peas [30g], 2 sprigs curry leaves, 2 tsp coconut oil, salt to taste, 2 tsp sugar, ½ wati loosely filled grated coconut [20g], 1 tsp mustard seeds, pinch asafoetida, 4 green chillies [10 g], ½ tsp turmeric powder

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The Rise of an Entrepreneurial Genius

When and why did you start Habitat?

I started it off in the year 1995. Prior to that in the year 1990 I joined the furnishing of houses business and would also work privately on Sundays by going house to house in search of orders.

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