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Articles by Kalpana Mohan

Off With the Loot

loot, noun. goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc;goods, money, etc, obtained illegally; (informal) money or wealth. From Hindi lu:t 1788, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram.

The Churidar Gets a Nod

churidar, noun. long tight-fitting trousers, worn by Indian men and women. Also called churidar pyjamas. From Hindi.

The House Of Teak

teak, noun. A large East Indian tree, of the verbena family, yielding a hard, durable, resinous, yellowish-brown wood used for shipbuilding, making furniture, etc.

The Call Of The Koel

The call of the koel will always remind me of the collapse of a nest.

That Downward Dog at Yoga

yoga: a school of Hindu philosophy advocating a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.

Not Just Another Jute Bag

On a trip to West Bengal,  the author gets a close-up view of the human story of her jute bag.

Sheesh! So Much Bakshish!

bakshish [bak-sheesh]: noun 1. money given as a tip, a present, or almsverb 2. to give such money to (a person) Origin: from Persian bakhshish, from bakhshidan to give; related to Sanskrit bhaksati he enjoys

Unearthing Shakti

shakti [shuk-thee]: 1. the female principle or organ of generative power.2. the wife of a deity, especially of Shiva. From Sanskrit sákti power

The Sari Story

sari [sa-ari]: noun, also saree, long, wrapping garment of silk or cotton worn by Hindu women, 1785, from Hindi sari, from Prakrit sadi, from Sanskrit sati “garment, petticoat.”

So Naked Without Bangles

At every social occasion, a dear friend of mine is turned out in a simple and elegant sari. She wears the same diamond earrings and the same gold chain. Her sari blouses are always sleeveless and always cut in the same way. Almost always, however, one accessory stands out ...
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