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7th August 1905- Monday- The day is important and is remembered for two reasons or better say for its cause and effect. Cause- To protest against the unjustified British rule in India, the then freedom movement leaders like Aurobindo Ghosh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai and several others started a Swadeshi Movement asking Indians to boycott all British products and use only those made in India. Effect- The effect of this Swadeshi movement led to a boost to the handloom heritage of India which was then exploited at the hands of British. To commemorate this, it was decided in 2015 to observe August 7 as National Handloom Day every year. Ancient Indian handlooms were known for their rich...

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“Sarees are like Indian women – so versatile. From business meetings to first nights, from political speeches to red carpets, from college farewells to Indian kitchens, they truly have many avatars…” Saree is the 9-yard language of three generations of a Grandmother, Mother and Granddaughter with different words but…same meaning. It was early 90’s as I vividly remember it. I used to be tiny cute nuisance jumping around in every corner of the house. And my all cognizant mother, when she would come to cease my galactic attack on her household items, I would run and hug her. I would hit my hands on her saree and an astounding paper crushing sound would emerge which amused me to infinity and...

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