If you had to describe the world around you using one word, what would you say? Fast? Interconnected? Advanced? Chaotic, maybe? Anxious even? Well, anxiety has become widespread in today’s world. And it is even more visible as the awareness about mental health is increasing. Although we don’t talk about it as much, mental health disorders are responsible for a large number of deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, China is the most depressed country in the world, followed by India.
Month: May 2021
How often do we hear or say, “Oh God where did the week go?” or “What? It has been a year already”. Perhaps, all of this is not because time is moving faster but because we are. The present times are defined by speed. The age-old adage of slow and steady winning the race no longer holds true in today’s world. With a low attention span and an even lower level of patience, ours is a generation that loves speed. Society has been sped up exponentially and it is becoming harder and harder to slow down. Moments pass by in the blink of an eye and we don’t even give a thought to whether things are moving in the right direction.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a South-East Asian country bordered by India, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Laos. Its capital city is Naypyidaw and its largest city is Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. The name of the country is disputed since 1989 when the military renamed it from Burma to Myanmar to reflect a new post-colonial era (inclusive of other ethnicities). However, both the words are derived from the Myamma, a name given to their ethnic majority Bamar. Internationally, countries like the US and ethnic opposition do not recognize the military as the legit authority and hence, they continue to call it Burma, whereas most of the other countries have accepted the name Myanmar.
Recently Myanmar has been in news following a coup d’état, a military take over removing the democratically elected government. Detaining the president Win Myint as well as the Nobel Peace prize winner and counselor of state Aung San Suu Kyi.
Textiles and embroidery have been a part of Indian culture for centuries. Different types of these have written references from more than 1,000 years ago. In this article, we will be focusing on Phulkari in particular. It is a folk embroidery prevalent in the state of Punjab and an intricate part of their culture both in India and Pakistan. Phulkari refers to Phul (flower) + Akari (work). For a long time, it was never intended to be fabricated for sale and was therefore used for fulfilling domestic requirements. Every embroidery was a reflection of the rural lives of women and was unique.