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Are you celebrating 52 Weeks, 52 Desi Emotions with The Indian Trumpet — all through 2018!  Long before social networking arrived on the scene, long before videos were made of what to do with plastic bottles or straws or paper clips or old tyres, long before the word “hack” was coined by the rest of the world, there was Jugaad. So what exactly is Jugaad?

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A DIGIT. AN HOUR. A POSITION. A SAVIOUR. AN ASPIRATION. A CURRENCY. A BEGINNING. A MILESTONE. A BLESSING. A LUCKY CHARM. A MINUTE. A REMINDER. A CHOICE. A SECOND. A FIGURE. A DIRECTION. A UNION. A RANK. A GOAL. A DREAM. A NUMBER. Are you celebrating 52 Weeks, 52 Desi Emotions with The Indian Trumpet — all through 2018!  Keep blowing the Trumpet! This & many more stories await in the pages! 

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One Rupee. I know what you’re thinking: I had the same thoughts as well. “You’d need a LOT of those to buy anything of value. Just one will get you nothing and nowhere.” “Do they even make those any more?” “They’re nothing more than collector’s items now.” There was even that song ‘Aamdani athanni, kharcha rupaiya’, which implied that spending one whole rupee was definitely living beyond your means. Was it really that long ago? I couldn’t immediately think of anything obtainable for a single rupee. I’m well aware that in days gone by, a rupee was a big deal:…

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Ek Anek Aur Ekta or One, Many and Unity, popularly known as Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidyan, was a traditional animated short film released by the Films Division of India (Government of India) in 1974. It was aired on the state-owned Doordarshan, became very popular among children, and won the National Film Award for Best Educational Film. It also received the award for Best Children’s Film in Japan. Considered one of the best examples of ANIMATED storytelling ever produced in India, it’s well remembered by the ’80s generation as a classic illustration of Anekta Mein Ekta.

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“Oh no, no, Dipankar,” said the Grand Dame of Culture, slowly shaking her ancient and benevolent head from side to side in pitying condescension as she held him with her glittering eye, “That’s not it at all. Not ‘Duality’: I could never have said ‘Duality’, Dipankar, oh dear me, no. The intrinsic essence of our being here in India is a oneness, yes, a oneness of Being, an ecumenical assimilation of all that pours into this great subcontinent of ours.” She gestured around the drawing room tolerantly, maternally. “It is the unity that governs our souls, here in our ancient…

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If zero is the hero of numbers, let’s not forget life begins with one single cell! It dominates the scene unlike any other number. Whether it comes to job performance or life’s milestones or even TV channel ratings, being “number 1” can make or break any situation. We feel butterflies fluttering in our stomachs the first time we fall in love, feel amazing joy and pride when we get our first salary, our love knows no bounds for our firstborn child. Here’s an ode to this one and only number – because we live only once!

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