DURGA PUJA HONOURING THE PLIGHT OF THE MIGRANT LABOURERS
Durga Puja, in Kolkata, is all about grandeur. It is an extravagant display of art, cut-throat competition between the different clubs in the race of supremacy. Millions of people travel from different parts of the city and the nearby districts to witness this. But with the world currently undergoing a pandemic situation, the festival will not be the same this year. Many of the big-budget Puja Committees have slashed down their budgets to hold back the extravagant celebrations this time around. Some of them have resorted to themes intending to spread the word of caution among those visiting them, given the current situation.
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PRISON TOURS as part of Dark Tourism
One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one will only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: “This man is not to be locked up again, he is to come with me.” – Franz Kafka in Blue Octavo Notebooks.
THE KILLING FIELDS
CHOEUNG EK Site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge (killed between 1975 and 1979) near Phnom Penh, Cambodia
7 Indian Prisons One Can Visit As A Tourist
If you are looking for a fun-filled vacation, this is not an article to please you. This is for those who like to experiment with new and unique experiences. Spending time behind bars in a dark prison cell, wearing a jail uniform made of khaki and having the basic jail food there, may be a nightmare for most, but adventure enthusiasts are increasingly being drawn to prison tourism of this kind globally. India too has caught up to the race and today there are a few prisons in India which are tourist attractions for various reasons. While some are famous historically, others have interesting museums and yet others provide pay and stay facilities. One does not really need to commit a crime to experience these prisons nor a bail for release.
Bengal's Biggest Carnival
The Durga Puja is like the Carnival of Bengal. People wait and plan for an entire year for these few days of the festival. But this year’s Durga Puja has been different. With almost no pandal hopping, restricted crowding, limited fanfare, this annual festival was celebrated sans the quintessential pomp and gaiety. Nevertheless, the theme of one particular Durga Puja in Kolkata managed to capture the attention of people worldwide with its heartwarming message and decor. Abhirup Ghosh has beautifully captured the unique decor and a close-up shot of the much talked about idol of Goddess Durga as a migrant mother from Barisha Club, Behala and shared his experience of talking with the organisers and designers of the pandal and the artist of the idol. TOURISIOTY hails the creativity and humanitarian approach of this Puja Committee in addressing one of the burning problems of the current times. We are happy to share this exclusive coverage.
Latpanchari A desire to Get lost
Forming part of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Latpanchar is a veritable paradise for bird watchers. Located at an altitude of 5000 ft above the sea level on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Latpanchar is a newfound hidden gem of Bengal. This travelogue by Alok Ganguly brings to our readers his experience and is accompanied by beautiful captures. The article also provides detailed information for those who would like to set foot in this place.
How to celebrate Durga pooja as Bengalis do
In this cover story, Abhirup Ghosh has beautifully captured the true spirit of Durga Puja in the state of Bengal both through his pen and the camera. He has perfectly elucidated the key elements of the annual festivities of the Bengali Community and elaborated on the individual rituals during these festival days. From idol-making to idol-immersion, there’s every detail in the article.
The cradle of civilisations- Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia, a region in southwest Asia, is often claimed to have hosted the beginning of the human civilisation on earth. The geography and climatic conditions here were conducive to development of the civilisation. Many important inventions were made during this time, including written language, maps, mathematics, the concept of time and things like the brick, plough, wheels, chariots and boats, pottery and textile mills. Accordingly the region is often called the ‘Cradle of Civilisations’ as a lot of what the human race on the earth has today was born here.
The beginning of the sub-continent INDUS VALLEY CIVILISATION
The ancient Indus Valley Civilization, also often called the Harappan Civilisation, grew up in the fertile flood plains of the Indus River spanning across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. While Mesopotamian civilisation is generally believed to be the oldest one, new studies reveal that the Indus Valley civilisation pre-dates it, and that it is 7,500 – 8,000 years old to be precise.
Of architectural glory and much more Roman Civilisation
Ancient Rome grew from a small village on the bank of Italy’s Tiber River into an empire that at its peak comprised most of continental Europe, Britain, much of western Asia, northern Africa and the Mediterranean islands. Among the many legacies of Roman dominance are the widespread use of the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian) all derived from Latin, the modern Western alphabet, the calendar and the emergence of Christianity as a major world religion.
Lesser Known PYRAMIDS from the Mayan Civilisation
The Mayan civilisation was a Mesoamerican civilisation that grew up in the tropical lowlands of today’s Guatemala and ultimately reached the countries of Belize and parts of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. It spread across the timeline of 2000 BC to 900 AD, reaching the peak of its power in the sixth century AD when the Maya population is said to have reached a strength of 20,00,000.
गंगासागर : 14.5 लाख लोगों ने किया ई-दर्शन, अबतक 2 लाख ने दर्ज कराई उपस्थिति
आज कोलकाता हाईकोर्ट के फैसले पर टिकी है सबकी निगाहे
Time to put an end to the blot of racist abuse which mars sporting contests
In sporting venues across the world there are signs, which speak out loud and clear – zero tolerance of racism.
गंगासागर मेला : कोलकाता हाईकोर्ट ने कहा जान पहले, आस्था बाद में
कोरोना काल में मेले के आयोजन पर लग सकती है है रोक, हाईकोर्ट ने दिए संकेत
बंगाल विधानसभा चुनाव से पहले मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी की घोषणा - टैब के बदले विद्यार्थियों को 10 हजार रुपये देगी ममता सरकार
अगले तीन सप्ताह में सभी छात्र-छात्राओं के खाते में भेजे जाएंगे रुपये
घुसपैठ के दौरान बीएसएफ पर हमला, जवाबी कार्रवाई में एक की मौत
राज्य के नदिया जिले में भारत-बांग्लादेश सीमा पर घुसपैठ की कोशिश को रोकने के लिए बीएसएफ कर्मियों द्वारा की गई गोलीबारी में एक बांग्लादेशी महिला की मौत हो गई।
केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री शाह के आरोपों का ममता ने दिया सिलसिलेवार जवाब, कहा'आत्महत्याको भी राजनीतिक हत्या का रूप देती है भाजपा'
मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने मंगलवार को प्रेस कांफ्रेंस कर गृह मंत्री अमित शाह पर तगड़ा पलटवार करते हुए उनके आरोपों का सिलसिलेवार जवाब दिया।
ई एम बाईपास पर बस्ती में लगी भयावह आग, सैंकड़ों झोपड़ियां जलकर राख
दमकल मंत्री, केएमसी प्रशासक तथा स्थानीय विधायक और पुलिस के अधिकारी पहुंचे मौके पर आज फोरेंसिक की टीम लेगी घटनास्थल का जायजा
Pawar backs Didi, moots front against Centre's ‘interference'
Mamata Banerjee thanked Baghel, Kejriwal, Amarinder Singh, Gehlot and Stalin for their support on the IPS officers issue
A Traveller's Eyes in the Skies
DRONES GAVE US SOME OF THE MOST STIRRING IMAGES OF A PANDEMIC YEAR, WATCHING OVER OUR BEREFT PUBLIC SPACES AND PLACING THE EVERYDAY IN A STARK, NEW LIGHT
कोलकाता में कोविड टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम के लिए वैक्सीन बथों का निर्माण करेगी बंगाल सरकार
बंगाल सरकार कोविड टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम को सफलतापूर्वक क्रियान्वित करने के लिए 'वैक्सीन बूथों का निर्माण करेगी। इसके साथ ही टीकाकरण से संबंधित अन्य आधारभूत संरचनाएं भी विकसित की जाएंगी।