Category: Culture

“I’m in Love with all my Guests!”

On our walking tours at Storytrails, it is our Storytellers who bring a city, a site, a building to life. They are people who love people, live for experiences, are always after the pulse of a city, and revel in tales. In this series, we sit down with our Storytellers to dig a little deeper

Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

  India loves her festivals. Every few weeks, we find reason to indulge in sweets and break into song and dance. Spring brings with it a festival most associated with Indian culture – Holi. It heralds the spring season and is celebrated over two days in Feb-March. Think Holi, and you think of colourful people dancing

Indian Words The British Took And Made Their Own

English may be the defacto link language in many parts of the world, but it owes its ever-expanding database to loads of other languages. Of course, Indian languages played a huge role in building up the English word bank – India being the Crown Jewel of the British Empire and all. Now we would love

A story of two Indian festivals

One story, two regions Today is Rakshabandhan, or Rakhi, a festival that celebrates the special bond between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated all over India but is a bigger festival in the North. Did you know of a story that connects it with the festival of Onam that is celebrated in South India? This

Mind your language

Connect the dots… English medium schools, Lord Macaulay, Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle, Madras University. It’s only been a few days since the government ‘suggested’ the use of Hindi over English in social media platforms. This reminds us of another story, but from a different era – the story of how we ended up making English our

Akshaya Tritiya

Today marks Akshaya Tritiya, the day when Chennai buys lots of gold, apparently. But we got to wondering what more this festive occasion could actually signify. We delved into research and came up with quite a few interesting if amusing interpretations of the day. Gastronomically, Yuddhishtr was presented with the Akshaya Patra ensuring that the

On Bharatanatyam

The next time you enjoy a Bharatanatyam performance, and are enchanted by the elegant movements and expressions, make sure you thank Lord Brahma. “Why him?” you say. Good thing you asked! Listen to this story: You see, after the four Vedas were written, Gods and Goddesses realised that the four Vedas were too difficult for

Of Temples, Gods and Saints …

Temple Gopurams, as integral a part of Chennai  as malli poo, filter kapi and checked lungis. That does not mean they are not found elsewhere – just that they are so evocative of this city. In a city where there are temples everywhere, three stand apart – the Parthasarathi temple in Triplicane, the Kapaleeshwara temple