Happy new year to my Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Malayali, Oriya, Nepali, and Sinhala followers!

Vaisakhi (Punjabi New Year): ਵੈਸਾਖੀ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ! Vaisakhi mubarak!

Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year) and Bohag Bihu (Assamese New Year): শুভ নববর্ষ! Shubho noboborsho!

Puthandu (Tamil New Year): இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்! Iniya tamizh puthandu nalvaazhthukal!

Vishu (Malayali New Year): വിഷു ആശംസകൾ! Vishu ashamsakal!

Pana Sankranti (Oriya New Year): ନବ ବର୍ଷ ର ଶୁଭକାମନା! Naba barsha ra shubhakamana!

Nepali New Year: नव वर्ष को शुभकामना! Nava barsha ko shubhakamana!

Aluth Avurudda (Sinhala New Year):  සුභ අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වේවා! Suba aluth awuruddak wewa!

Two weeks before her scheduled wedding in Odisha, India, 17-year-old Sujata Behera refused to get married. The preparations for the ceremony were nearly completed and she was told she had no choice but to comply; but she stood firm: she would only marry after she turned 18 and finished her schooling.

Behera is one of the many girls in her community who have learned to say “No” to child marriages, thanks to the training and support of Kishori Kalyan Samiti, an all-girl group that empowers teenagers to refuse forced marriages. “No one can understand the power of activism more than I. It saved my life and that of many others here. None of us knew that child marriage was a curse that could actually be lifted from our lives if we decided to do something about it,” says Behera, who wants to become a social worker.

Read more via The Better India.


Indian sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattinaik and 30 of his students created a massive installation depicting 500 Santas or ‘Sand-tas’ on the beach behind Panthanivas hotel in Puri, Odisha, India. Created in December 2012, the piece required nearly 5000 tons of sand and took about 4 days to complete. Intended to raise awareness about global warming, the displaced Santas were sculpted along with one large sand sculpture of Jesus and the message “Go green, save Earth.”

“I always try to give some awareness messages through my sculpture to the world, so I chose the awareness about global warming through Santas as the subject at the year end,” Pattnaik told the India Education Diary.

[via Inhabitat and Design Taxi]


500 Santa Clauses Sand Sculpted in India (by Sudarsan Pattnaik)

If you are wondering where Santa is, just go to the beaches of Puri, India. World renowned sand sculpture artist Sudarsan Pattnaik and 30 of his pupils have constructed a massive sand installation featuring 500 Santas of all sizes and one big Jesus with a message to the world:

Go Green,Save Earth.”

Merry Christmas To All :))

An illustration based on a story about the native Bonda people of Odisha and the coal and bauxite mines ruining their land as well as their culture from the influx of ethno-tourists. The ruination of native cultures because of ‘human safaris’ and illegal mining in Odisha are still a huge problem today.

I had this image in my head of a Bonda girl in the 60s sabotaging a coal mine by loosing all the working horses and so this happened.

Here’s the inks!