Resplendent burst of boundless delight in Waitakere

Holi Festival at Corban Estate Art Centre on March 4 Sunil Kaushal In an age where we watch topics and events that are trending, people would rejoice at the colourful celebration of Holi being held in Waitakere this weekend. Called ‘The Festival of Colours,’ with origins to Hinduism, has slowly transformed into a nondenominational celebration and is sweeping New Zealand.…

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International Yoga Festival attracts wider ethnicities

Venkat Raman The Annual International Yoga Festival held last week at the Kawai Purapura Yoga Resort in Albany, Auckland brought together thousands of people of varied ethnicities to learn about this ancient contribution of India to physical, mental, moral and emotional fitness. More than 75 international and local presenters across multiple Yoga styles (including Aerial and Stand Up Paddle) along…

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Devotees yearn for the visit of ‘Hugging Mother’

Community service continues in the name of ‘Amma’ Venkat Raman In August 2007, when we attended a simple ceremony to mark the establishment of ‘Amma New Zealand,’ those gathered said that their ardent desire was to see their Spiritual Leader in this country in the ‘foreseeable future.’ “Let us commit ourselves to community service and spread the love and blessings…

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Water safety has never been so critical, especially at the beach

Kathiravelu Ganeshan A coracle is a light boat made by weaving reeds or grass into a bow shape and waterproofing it.  Coracles have been in use in India from pre-historic times and are called ‘Parisal’ in Tamil and ‘Korakallu’ in Kannada. These are still in use in India for fishing, transport and are a major tourist attraction at the Hogenakkal falls on…

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