Love this highly apt anti-colonialist painting by Rajkamal Kahlon. Read more about it here.
Reviving traditional games of India
Kreeda launches a set of games at Akalpita, an organic shop in T. Nagar.
Once upon a time, way before the impressionable minds were corrupted by video games and play stations, kids made games out of all that was available to them: wooden sticks for dice, shells and stones for making their next strategic move, and floors for gaming boards. It was tradition tirelessly passed down from one generation to another.
But then came a day when wood and shell were replaced by plastic. Traditional games took a modern avataar and were called by chic English names. Paramapadha Sopana Padam became Snake and Ladder, Chaupad became Ludo. Intervention of television and computers further pronounced the doom, and all that was good and fun about the past was lost.
To revive this delightful part of our history, Kreeda has been conducting intense research on traditional games of India.
Launching a set of games at Akalpita, an organic shop in T. Nagar, Shivagami said, “Kreeda is a non-profitable organisation, and proceeds from sales of games go into research.”
As part of the launch, Kreeda invited people to join them in a day-long gaming session, where both the young and the old tried their hands at Pallanguzhi, Chaupad, Kattam Villayatu (square game), Aadu Puli Attam (Goat and Lion game), Ashtaa Chemma, Chathuvimshathi Koshtaka (a war game), Dahdi (a traditional game from Andhra Pradesh similar to noughts and crosses), etc.
Kreeda has paid special attention to make these games environment friendly. “For Pallanguzhi, we have used wooden board with 16 cups. To preserve the bio-diversity, we have made use of paper powder instead of using shells for playing the game. All board games have been screen printed on canvas sheet, and there is no use of plastic. Dice are made of wood and paper powder,” said Ms. Shivagami.
Urdustan is now out, available for $9.00 in PRINT only. It is a collection of short stories about South Asians—punks, vampires, deafies, etc. There are seven stories in total. Please visit Urdustan for a summary and a short review by Jean-Marc, a musician based in Brussels, Belgium (the world’s very FIRST review of Urdustan).
Seven stories, four nations, one people.
Whether it’s a slaughterhouse in the East End of London or a run-down hotel in the holy city of Al-Madinah, a tiny township in Northern Michigan or a fishing village on the Bay of Bengal in India, people yearn for the same thing in common–life–to experience life and to feel alive.
Urdustan tells the stories of North Indians and Pakistanis; Muslims and Hindus; Desi Americans and British Asians. All come from the same land yet each leads a different life and tells a different story; each shares the desire to experience love and friendship, the insatiable urge to connect to others on a human level.
Urdustan reveals multiple personalities of the South Asian diaspora that are often ignored. The stories are richly interwoven with different characters from many walks of life–Hasidic Jews, African Americans, punks, deaf teens, gay males, and even supernatural creatures such as vampires and angels. Romance, horror, racism, homophobia, audism, love, death, spirituality, fantasy, friendship all play important factors in the storytelling of Urdustan. Each story is a small reflection of the greatly diverse world we live in and call our home.
# REPPIN D.I.Y SELF-PUBLISHED DESI / DEAF / MUSLIM / PUNK AUTHORS
Food of Delhi
General Bikram Singh, a veteran infantry officer, today took over as the 25th Chief of the Indian Army, succeeding General VK Singh whose 26-month tenure was mired in controversies.
General Bikram Singh, 59, will have a tenure of two years and three months in the top post.
Prior to his appointment as Army Chief, General Bikram Singh was heading the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command.
The overall length of this example is 74cms with a blade length of 55cms long and 7cms wide at the handle, widening to 18cms near the tip. The thick faceted spine is a little over 2cms thick where the handle joins.
Of a most unusual shape, this particular weapon is used to decapitate sacrificial Buffalo in ritual offerings to the goddess Kali in commemoration of the slaying of the Buffalo demon Mahisha by Kali’s progenitor, Durga. (see Gods of War; Sacred Imagery and the Decorations of arms and Armor by Donald J LaRocca 1996).
The Dao retains 99% of its original red lac seen within the chiseled designs to both sides of the blade, something scarcely seen in such good condition. The blade is free from pitting ot edge nicks but does show some darkening of the surfaces in places.
Source & Copyright: Swords and Antique Swords
I can not wait to someday take my boys to this fascinatingly beautiful country!
WHY THE FUCK DOES SHE HAVE TO BE SO GODDAMN FAIR SKINNED? MOST SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT THIS PALE.
AND IT’S FINE IF YOU’RE PALER SKINNED. I AM ACTUALLY ON THE FAIRER SIDE MYSELF. BUT WHY DOES THIS DOLL CREATE THIS FALSE IDEAL FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE PROBABLY NOT AS FAIR? WHY THE FUCK CAN’T SHE BE DARKER SKINNED SO THAT LITTLE SOUTH ASIAN GIRLS CAN IDENTIFY WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSTEAD OF FORCED INTO THINKING THEY’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY COLOR OPTION ON THIS DOLL. SHE DOESN’T COME IN ANY OTHER SHADE THAN ‘ASHWAIRYA RAI EURO-CENTRIC WITH LIGHT EYES’.
DO YOU KNOW WHY THE FUCK PRODUCTS LIKE FAIR AND LOVELY EXIST?
BECAUSE OF THIS DOLL. BECAUSE OF THIS FUCKING DOLL.
Okay, Kiskolee is done. Gah. Just. THIS ANGERS ME SO MUCH.