Krishna Janma Ashtami and some sweetness with Vrindavani Vastra

Celebration of Krishna Janma Ashtami, brings into my mind another level of sweetness. It always reminds me of the Vrindavani Vastra, a piece of textile depicting the life of Krishna. I have written about it before also. How I got the chance to witness this historic textile piece of Assam and also the book published …

Chakhao, a black rice variety of Manipur

Black rice grains Manipur, a state in north eastern part of India, is known for one special category of rice called Chakhao. This rice is black in colour, has been growing both in plains and hills of Manipur for ages. The rice has many medicinal values. It is anti inflammatory, anti carcinogenic, beneficial for heart, …

Perspectives of Mahabharata Studies in North East India

The Mahabharata has been for centuries, perceived within a ‘zone of contact’, where far from ‘being’ the narrative has been in a state of ‘becoming’ whereby regional and community-specific legends have enriched the narrative with new interpretations and perspectives. Even though the central narrative of the epic is the destructive war of supremacy between the …