Malayalees’ find their Malayattoor in Melbourne

Malayalees’ find their Malayattoor in Melbourne

All around the year, but especially during the Lenten period of 7 weeks preceding Easter., Christians in South India make a pilgrimage to a hilltop at Malayattoor in Kerala carrying crosses and chanting in praise of the Lord. Though historians contradict, Christians believe that St. Thomas the Apostle stayed and prayed at the hilltop in […]

How to make Australian Rules Football or Footy popular in India

How to make Australian Rules Football or Footy popular in India

For any game, money comes from viewership and that makes India with its more than a Billion population, an ideal location to grow Australian Rules football or Footy. Launched in India in the early 2008, footy is still in its infancy for obvious reasons. Former Australian Cricket Captain Ricky Ponting was instrumental in promoting the […]

9 most common types of Facebook Indians in Australia

9 most common types of Facebook Indians in Australia

Facebook is a world by itself. Though it is a world of pretence, still remains colourful and entertaining. When diverse personalities converge into one plane, the complexities are worth a scrutiny and this post is an extract from a research project by a university student about multicultural societies in Australia. We have just taken the […]

Jainism in Australia

Jainism in Australia

The 2016 Australian Census counted the Jain population in Australia to be 4047 which is less than .1% of Australian population. Out of which 38% lives in Sydney and 31% in Melbourne. The rest are scattered in other capital cities of Australia in insignificant numbers. Jain Sangh’s in Australia Perth Jain Community of Western Australia […]

Dilwara Jain Temples

Dilwara Jain Temples

Photo of Dilwara temples in 1870 Dilwara temples, located at Mt Abu in Rajasthan which enshrine various Jain ‘Tirthankaras’ was built between 11th and 13 centuries and are famous around the world for its intricately carved marble interiors. The Dilwara temple compound is home to five temples known as Vasahis. Vimala Vasahi and Luna Vasahi […]

Kalaripayattu and places to learn in Australia

Kalaripayattu and places to learn in Australia

History Bodhidharma, the Buddhist Monk from South India, is credited as founder of  martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, China. The martial art he taught at the world famous Shaolin temple 1500 years ago was based on Kalaripayattu, which originated in the southern state of India, Kerala. Kalaripayattu is considered as one […]

Most Common Birds of Australia

Most Common Birds of Australia

Australia and its territories have 898 recorded bird species. Climate change is a serious concern and it is expected that around 10% of the species will become extinct because of climate change by 2100. Below is a list of most common Australian birds found in Australian cities and suburbs. This list is not a complete […]

After “Why This Kolaveri Di”, “Jimikki Kammal” conquers India

After “Why This Kolaveri Di”, “Jimikki Kammal” conquers India

In 2011, “Why This Kolaveri Di” a song from the soundtrack of Tamil film, ‘3’, written and sung by Dhanush conquered India.  This instant viral hit became the most searched Youtube Video in India at that time.  The song with Tanglish (Tamil and English) lyrics, which was released in 21st November 2011, within weeks had […]

Bathukamma

Bathukamma

With the formation of Telangana state on 2nd June 2014, once neglected customs and traditions of the people of Telangana has come to the forefront with pomp.  The nine-day celebration of Bathukamma, is poised to become the face of the new found Telangana identity.  The literal meaning of Bathukamma is “Come Alive Mother”.  But there […]

A Warburton Nostalgia

A Warburton Nostalgia

  It is nearly third week of August and I could hear the Spring knocking my doors. But the chilli winter is not over yet and I really didn’t want to go on blaming the funny Melbourne weather again for sitting closed up at home. Where should I head for a short weekend trip at […]

Navratri

Navratri

Introduction Shakti is a Hindu concept which regards the feminine aspect of divinity supreme and considers all other forms its manifestations. In Shaivism it is feminine aspect of Shiva, which is manifested as Parvati and the concept of Ardhanareeswara which treats it in equal footing. The ‘Tridevi’ concept worships the feminine side of Trimurtis, Brahma, […]

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi is a ten day, Hindu festival to celebrate the birth of Ganesa, the elephant headed God.  The festival begins on the fourth day of Hindu Calendar Bhadrapada. Ganesa, the lord of wisdom and the remover of obstacles is a very important deity in Hinduism. Ganesa is also known as Vigneswara, as the name […]

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival to celebrate love and duty between brothers and sisters.  It is observed in the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shraavan .  Shraavan is considered as a holy month, as many Hindu festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Narali Poornima, Naga panchami, Basava Panchami, Avani Avittam and Pavithra Ekadashi […]

Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth

An Advertisement for Karwa Chauth Celebration in Australia Karwa Chauth is an Indian celebration which has no parallel anywhere else in the world. It is a ritualistic celebration,  where woman pray for the well being of her husband. On the fourth day after the full moon in the Hindu calendar month of Karthik, Indian woman […]

How Sydney Got its Name?

How Sydney Got its Name?

History James Cook and the crew of HMS Endeavour first sighted east coast of Australia on 19th April 1770. Nearly ten days later they landed in the bay, which the ships naturalist Sir Joseph Banks named as Botany Bay. A favourable report from the duo back to London about the possibility of establishing a colony […]

How Melbourne got its name?

How Melbourne got its name?

A bit of history Before the British occupation of Melbourne, The Wurundjeri people of the Indigenous in the Kulin nation occupied the Birrarung (Yarra River) Valley. John Batman, the Australian born son of a NSW convict, who gained fame in Tasmania by capturing Bush ranger Matthew Brady, set his eyes on a Port Phillip exploration. […]

Dangal – Movie review from Australia

Dangal – Movie review from Australia

Review by: Sandeep Karayi Amir Khan starrer Dangal is released in theatres across Australia today on 23rd December 2016. At Northland’s Hoyts Cinema in Melbourne, it was a near houseful show at both 8:50pm and 9:20pm. After all these years in Australia, this is the first time, I have witnessed people clapping in adoration after […]

Dileep Weds Kavya Madhavan

Dileep Weds Kavya Madhavan

Amid rumours about their impending marriage, Dileep and Kavya Madhavan finally applied a sudden break to the speculations. The couple got married today at Kaloor Vedanta Hotel in Ernakulam, Kochi. Close relatives,  associates and friends from Mollywood and media personnels from all major Newspapers  were present at the ceremony. A reception is organised for tomorrow […]

How Australia’s Emus brought tears in Indian eyes in 2012

How Australia’s Emus brought tears in Indian eyes in 2012

Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 1.9 metres and are native to Australia. Indians, on the other hand are natives of India who never ever tasted Emu meat or egg. But that did not prevent the executive of a French company to present a paper […]

Holey dollar – Australia’s first coin

Holey dollar – Australia’s first coin

When the penal colony of New South Wales was founded no preparations were made for a currency. The first fleet came with some money to procure supplies during the journey. The convicts were not paid anything and the soldiers were supplied with goods free from the Government store. During the early days of the settlement […]

Most shared Whatsapp Messages

Most shared Whatsapp Messages

Whatsapp with a user base of 1 Billion is the most popular messaging application in Planet earth. Mostly used for sharing funny jokes and instant messages, whatsapp steals hell a lot of time from the life of an average human being living in a developed country. Below we have collected some of the most shared […]

The Entry of Islam and the history of Muslims in Australia

The Entry of Islam and the history of Muslims in Australia

Islam made its entry into Australia much before Christianity. Macassar trepangers from the southwest corner of Sulawesi in Indonesia visited the coast of Northern Australia since 1700’s. The contact between both the cultures is speculated to have begun at least a century before the Europeans. Makassan fishing boats frequented Australian shores to collect and process […]

This man’s bluff resulted in the birth of Australia

This man’s bluff resulted in the birth of Australia

The most commonly reported reason for the colonisation of Australia is the overcrowding of British Prison system and the need to find a place to resettle the convicts. After the American war of independence, it became impossible for Britain to send convicts to America. There was one more pressing reason and without that the British […]

How Alpaca came to Australia?

How Alpaca came to Australia?

When Australia was colonized, it was the intention of the early administrators to make this colony a self-sufficient agricultural haven. The first fleet (1788) came with required farm equipment’s and animals and it included sheep. In 1789 Merino sheep arrived in Australia and the story of Australia’s wool production began. By 1807, Australia started exporting […]

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