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Author Raziuddin Aquil’s latest book Days in the Life of a Sufi: 101 Enchanting Stories of Wisdom comprises bite-sized stories that spread the message of love and peace. “Sufism advocates peaceful coexistence amid the wide diversity of people. This is especially important in our troubled times when narrowly defined religious boundaries and aggressive politics of religion are creating serious humanitarian crisis,” to put it in the author’s words.

The road to meet the creator isn’t the easiest, but mystics and saints have always shown the path. Citing examples from the lives of Sufi saints such as Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Khwaja…

3 Places On My Bucket List in South Korea

Hantan River, South korea

A business or a media trip is perhaps a good way to get introduced to a country. But exploration needs time. I fell in love with the weather, discipline and cleanliness in South Korea during my visit in 2015 (on invitation by the Journalists Association of Korea-JAK). This year, JAK invited us for a zoom conference to discuss peace in the Korean peninsula. This is an annual exercise carried out by the association to build a space for public diplomacy as well as highlight the need for peace in the region…

Examples of and Countermeasures to Fake News and The Future of the Journalism at WJC 2020

Forging global relations, the World Journalists Conference 2020 focused on a problem that has pervaded our world, colored our thinking and troubled our senses — fake news.

The conference is an annual ritual by the Journalists Association of Korea which started in 2013. For the last seven years, they have been inviting colleagues from across the world to showcase the beautiful country of South Korea and focus is on the peace between the two Koreas. While peace has been evasive in the last 70…

For long I have been hearing intent matters. Intent is the seed with which spiritualists manifest healing and change into their lives. Intent is power of thought to make the much-needed change. But even though I do manage to make the change, somewhere a question lingers: was the power to make an intentional change an illusion or did I really make the change because I intended it?

There have been studies on this. Among the most popular in recent times is a living book called The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart. “Lynne carried out exhaustive investigations, including interviews with scientists…

The year 2020 will go down in history as the year when the world came to a standstill. Covid-19 has changed the way we live, work, eat and sleep. Despite this slow pace and changing cultures, the Journalists Association of Korea kept its annual ritual of a global conference for promoting peace between the two Koreas alive. Since 2013, the association has been inviting journalists from across the world to showcase their country, share their efforts to promote peace between the two Koreas and turning the World Journalists’ Conference into a remarkable global platform for public diplomacy and exchanging news and views. I was an esteemed guest in 2015.

I saw the beautiful nation for a week and came back with more beautiful memories. And then in August 2020, I received an invite to attend World Journalists’ Conference 2020 via Zoom. Not the one to miss a chance on what colleagues across the world were doing, I marked September 14–16 on my calendar. There were three sessions for three hours each. Among the most disciplined nations, this was a splendidly organized exercise. It began with two rehearsals, one alone and one with the group. Since the reason the country didn’t go for a physical meet is Covid-19, the…

An adventure and endurance cyclist, Dhruv Bogra is the first Indian citizen to cycle solo and unsupported from Deadhorse in Alaska to Panama in Central America. Penning his adventure in ‘Grit, Gravel and Gear’, Bogra says that there is no age or gender for adventure — just mental strength.

Dhruv Bogra at the Rainbow Mountain in Peru

It’s not easy to get sponsors to fund adventures. What are your suggestions for those aspiring to embark on such a long and adventurous trip? One of the biggest challenges to embarking on a long adventure is the capacity to fund it on your own. I did not have any…

Cited as the ‘Arab Capital of Culture’ by UNESCO in 1998 and ‘Islamic Culture Capital’ by ISESCO in 2014, Sharjah hosted the ninth edition of the annual Sharjah Light Festival from February 6–16, 2019.

Aquatic Parade at Khalid Lagoon, Sharjah, UAE

Themed ‘Culture and Family,’ over 1.2mn visitors came to the creative extravaganza. The festival showcased the emirate’s cultural and architectural heritage. Spread across 17 venues (including Kalba and Khorfakkan), it was a dazzling affair with 20 shows in 11 days.

The creative team comprised light artists, lighting designers and engineers with over three decades of experience.

Experiencing Jaipur through oral stories, a large group of visually impaired dared to come out of a safe shell to explore the pink city.

Inside Amer Fort, Jaipur,Rajasthan, India

“Travel is our birthright,” says Preeti Monga passionately. Watching the beautiful 60-year-old, it’s difficult to believe that she lost her eyesight just 21 days after her birth. “The doctors say it was reaction to small pox vaccine,” she smiles confidently, husband Ashwini holding her hand. We are standing near Sheesh Mahal in Amer Fort, Jaipur. Monga isn’t the first visually impaired person I am meeting. But she is among the 50 that I am travelling with for the two-day trip to Jaipur. …

It’s spring — the time when flowers will bloom and soon the king of fruits will be ready to be plucked off the trees. We step back in time to the summer of 2018 when the champion of social causes, Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah, gave us a full run of the mango belt of Mall, Kakori and Malihabad, along with some mango stories to carry back.

Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah at her home, Habibullah Estate in Lucknow

Focussed on all things healthy, organic and social, the dynamic Jyotsna Kaur Habibullah champions causes that support welfare. “I work with women self-help groups and focus on skilling, entrepreneurship and livelihoods in and around…

Among the most peaceful countries in the world, Poland has abundance of apples, rye, potatoes and fruits. We got a taste of popular Polish dishes at a dinner hosted by Małgorzata Tańska, Director, Polish Institute New Delhi.

Introducing Polish culture and cuisine to Delhi, Małgorzata Tańska, Director, Polish Institute New Delhi,

Cream, eggs and meats — Polish cuisine is rich. Among the well-known dishes are Pierogi, Kluski, Zurek. While the fillings vary from region to region, the main ingredients and style remains the same. Of course, we got a lot more than these. The menu curated by Joanna Agnieszka, a Polish national who now lives in Delhi, comprised dishes that are often found…

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