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Indians in space
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Indians in space

October 2, 2017

By Girija Madhavan The romance of space is always beguiling. Exploring the “Final Frontier” in science-fiction, television or films, foreshadowed the “Space Tourism” some millionaires experienced recently. The launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) of 104 Nano Satellites in one operation drew admiration; but the failure of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, after…

Ikebana: The Art of “Living Flowers”
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Ikebana: The Art of “Living Flowers”

September 10, 2017

By Girija Madhavan In Mysuru, the Horticultural Department recently organised an “Ikebana” workshop. This traditional Japanese art was enthusiastically received. Ikebana [meaning “Living Flowers”] began as votive offerings in Japanese Buddhist temples some six centuries ago.  Later it was recognised as an art-form, which retained Zen symbolism. Abbot Senkei, also called Semmu, who lived by…

An Emperor says Sayonara
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An Emperor says Sayonara

July 30, 2017

By Girija Madhavan On June 9, 2017, the Japanese Diet enacted an Abdication Law, called a “Single Use Law,” to enable Emperor Akihito to abdicate for reasons of health and age. The “Chrysanthemum Throne” will then pass on to Crown Prince Naruhito. The dynasty goes back to 1300 years. Legend claims that the rulers are…

A Swiss Souvenir
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A Swiss Souvenir

May 22, 2017

By Girija Madhavan Tourists collect small souvenirs of their visit to enjoyable holiday spots. For me, our three-year sojourn in Switzerland is a treasured memory. It influenced my outlook and understanding of other cultures. In 1961, my husband was posted to the Indian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. With our infant son we started from Mysore…

An Easter in Moscow
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An Easter in Moscow

April 10, 2017

By Girija Madhavan Churches in Mysuru will soon prepare for Easter, Good Friday being on the 14th and Easter Sunday on the 16th of April. Photos of Easter last year at Saint Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church in Mysuru reminded me of an Easter thirty-three years ago in Moscow in the former Soviet Union. We lived…

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