Unison: A Cultural Cocktail

Walking along the streets of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, it is the same mundane things to see with occasional “out of the ordinary” sights, but in recent days, along with the regular crowd of exquisitely well dressed people, there has been increasing sightings of boys and girls dressed in skater-wear armed with skateboards and…

안녕하세요, 한류 Hello, Hallyu!

“Kamshamnida!” She said with a nonchalant smile that placatingly widened while she enunciated the extra aah sound at the end of that alien word that she threw at me. “I’m sorry but I do not know what that means.” “Kam-sa-ham-nida”, she broke it down for me. “It means thank you in Korean”. “Oh, you’re welcome, it…

Life of a Buddhist Monk

Sitting on the extended plinth of the red and yellow building alongside the Chorten, I watched tourists strike flamboyant poses in front of prayer wheels in rhythmic motion while a traditionally dressed, old lady waited patiently for them to finish so she could go about her rounds. The wind brought around the enchanting aroma of…

For the Love of Nature: Messages from a young Nature Conservationist

“Influencing people is not easy. It is a slow and gradual process…” expresses a young conservationist and a lover of nature, Arundeep Singha, from Silchar, Assam. We are living in times when one after the other, nations are declaring a state of climate emergency. In times like these, it is also the work of conservationists…