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  • McCluskiegunj is a town founded by Ernst Timothy McCluskie, a businessman from Calcutta (now Kolkata) of Irish-Indian origin. He formed a co-operative, Colonisation Society of India, in 1933 by taking permanent lease of 10000 acre of land at Lapra, an insignificant place some 70 km from Ranchi, from the king of Ratu. His idea was to eventually build an enclave for the Anglo-Indian and Euro-Indian people living in India which would be a "mini England" providing solidarity and security to the minority community from getting its identity lost in the vast population of India. It attracted as many as 400 Euro-Indian families who were eager to realize the dream of McCluskie who died in 1934. But things gradually took a different turn as…

  • Puppeteers' Colony in New Delhi is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers and dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis as a part of New Delhi Masterplan 2021 where the slum dwellers will be relocated in 10-storey apartments amidst other residential and commercial buildings. While many residents of the colony have moved to the transit camp and are waiting for the project to be completed, others refuse to shift from their houses. The plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.

  • Hola Mohalla is a three-day festival started by the tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh for the Nihangs (holy Sikh warrior) to display martial arts techniques and indulge in mock battles. The festival usually begins on the day or the day after the Hindu festival of colors, Holi. It is also an occasion for the Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.

  • Life gets back to normalcy in Chennai after heavy floods at Kasimedu fishing harbour. Royapuram fishing harbour, also known as Chennai fishing harbour or Kasimedu fishing harbour, is one of the major fishing grounds for catching fishes and crustaceans located at Kasimedu in the Royapuram area of Chennai, India.

  • To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima.

  • Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganapati festival is celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha with much pomp and vigour in Maharastra, particularly Pune and Mumbai. It continues for ten days when people pay respect to the deity both at home and public pavilions. The festival ends when the idols are immersed in a body of water.

  • Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

  • Buddha Purnima (Buddha Day) is observed traditionally by Buddhists in different places all over the world. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.

  • Organically produced tea of Makaibari fetched a record price of $1,850 (around Rs 1.12 lakh) per kg. It became the official tea partner at Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was served at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.

  • Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.

  • The Flower Market at Mullick Ghat in Kolkata which is more than 125 years old is eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people selling sitting on the ground. Here nearly 2000 flower growers sell their produce daily and the number gets double during wedding seasons and festivals. These flowers are also exported to West Asia and Europe.

  • Holi of Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, is of particular interest. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag over Shri Radhikaji's temple. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. Smart enough, men come fully padded as they are fully aware what kind of welcome awaits them and also the fact that they are not allowed to retaliate on that day. In this mock battle of sorts, they try their best not to be captured. The unlucky one's however, are forcefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women. Further, they are made to wear female…

  • Puli Kali is a colorful recreational folk art from the state of Kerala.