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Influence of culture on Home Décor

Around the perimeter of what you call your house are traces of your culture in bits and pieces. As is often in the case of designs, cultural influence is a boon to the contemporary designs. Culture stands for the spirit of the time, artistic revolution, history, tradition, facts, and beliefs. And we all relate to one or the other culture that established our existence and outline our choices. And when we decorate our homes based on these choices, our little nest where we dwell flaunt every straw that has been brought to create the place called ‘home’. Mythbuster Anushree Choice of color, material, designs, and pattern, everything draws your attention to the kind of culture that inspired such an arrangement. Bamboo walls, water features, fresh flowers and an oriental décor belong to Asian i...

Restoration of Delhi’s Heritage Buildings

Heritage refers to the quondam era that needs preservation, the one whose physical remains evidently narrate a story related to our history. The word ‘heritage’ here signifies the buildings that hold great architectural, economical, cultural and historical values. The premises or the surroundings of the building also help us to interpret the history related to the site, in order to draw the cultural map. And the heritage of Delhi boasts of the settlements of the Ashokan, Buddhists, Sayyids, Lodhis, Mughals and Britishers. Such an enriched city which recites the hymn of every period must be conserved with special care. These heritage sites that stand selflessly with stillness do not need to be in conflict with human interventions – scribbling on walls, scratching, and urbanization. MythBust...

Thousands of armed police, bulldozers for 3700 artists of Kathputli Colony

The dwellers of the Kathputli colony pressurized for evictions. Massive armed police deployed with bulldozers surrounding the colony. Cops have already barricaded the area and are planning to disconnect electricity. Souma Mukherjee, Sr.Correspondent Kathputli colony, the small cultural hub of Delhi NCR is facing immense trouble with the redevelopment of the locality. In 2010, Government of Delhi initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership model. The contract was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, 2800 flats were to be built in 10-storey buildings on the 5.2 hectare and a portion of the land was to be given to the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. Currently, the negotiations are on with Delhi Development Auth...

The progressing art of pottery making

The magical potter’s wheel rotated on its axis and the potter kept on adding clay to get the desired shape, while moulding it constantly using both his hands. This is how the pottery industry incepted in the 3000 BC, which was totally mechanical. It required a lot of patience and tolerance, an indigenous art by skillful hands that needed the potter to balance all the forces of physics acting on the clay. MythBuster Anushree Not only handmade and wheel made forms of pottery existed in the past but other techniques like granulate pressing (granulated pressing of clay), Injection moulding (binders, lubricants and plasticisers are used), roller head machine(rotary shaping tool used), pressure casting (polymeric materials are used), slip casting (excess slip is taken out of the mould). The inve...

Culture Defines Architecture! Do you agree?

‘Culture’ is the cumulative sum of – way of life, values, traditions, history and needs of a particular race or social group. The aforementioned factors equally contribute to the complex and distinctive derivative called ‘culture’. And each culture is different in its own way as the sequence of the constituents of these factors cannot be homogenous. The architectural set up of a geographical segment strongly reflects the cultural identity of the place. MythBuster Anushree If we model qualitative elements into designs and give them shapes and structures, even then one could relate to its background or atomic level. For instance, the layout of a logical subject like mathematics would also have its roots intact – the broad structure with geometric shapes, tanks and pipelines developed o...

Is the city of joy losing its charm?

The City of Joy, well known for its Durga Pujo festivities, maacher jhol, sondesh, phuchka and Rabindranath Tagore’s rich cultural stimulation owing to its proximity to Shanti niketan, is said to be losing its prominence in the Indian landscape, given its lack of ability to keep pace with the changing times. B.Kaur The younger generation migrating from the city in search of better job opportunities is not a fact less known. However, is it just a better career that beckons them to other cities, ignorantly disregarding the best schooling in terms of basic education and the best teaching imparted to them in the city which is very well known for its intellectual stimulation? When viewed from a broader perspective, one can clearly see the real picture of the city’s ongoing crumbling state. Mama...

The inconvenient truths about celebrating festivals irresponsibly

Our cultural identities are deeply enrooted in the festivals we celebrate, where we get an opportunity to display the elements of our rich culture and tradition. But, celebrating festivals in a way that is deteriorating the environment is completely irresponsible. MythsButster – Anushree There is hardly any festival left that can claim that it is not a contributor in distorting the natural balance. You talk about Holi and people waste gallons of water for no reason. Festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Dusshera majorly contribute in polluting water bodies. The age old tradition of Visarjan adds unwanted chemicals like gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium that reduces the level of oxygen in the water and affects the aquatic life. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) framed s...

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