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Engraving a Symbolic Idea: The Tale Of Tattoos in India

With a blend of creativity and fashion, tattoos have transformed over the years, from tattooing for beauty and tradition to that of fashion and belief

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Tattoo Designs. Image Source: tattooeddesign.com
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  • Tattooing is an emotional, physical, spiritual and mental experience
  • Various tribes use tattoos for several purposes from recording historic events to strengthening the marital relationship between couples
  • Tattoos are also used to strengthen the marital relationship between couples and depict their resolve to a particular faith

Tattooing is not a contemporary idea rather it has come a long way. The only difference that we now find in the popular tattoo culture is that it has become more customised one. It is now used as a symbolism to share personal life-stories and much more. From the tribes to urban youth, India is obsessed with Tattoo culture and holds it close to heart.

In India, tattooing is an age-old tradition. Various tribes used tattoos for different purposes from recording historic events to strengthening the marital relationship between couples. With a blend of creativity and fashion, tattoos have transformed over the years, from tattooing for beauty and tradition to that of fashion and belief, said the Statesman.com report.

  • The tribes of Singhpo of Assam and Arunachal, had distinct rules for each gender and age. While the unmarried Singpho girls were barred from wearing tattoos, the married women were tattooed on both legs from the ankles to the knees.  The men tattooed their hands.
  • The Konyaks a tribe of Nagaland tattooed their faces to show their prowess in battle and headcount. Tattoos also helped in establishing tribal identity in the region and helped in the recognition of the dead.
  • In Southern India, permanent tattoos are called pachakutharathu. They were very common, especially in Tamil Nadu, before 1980. To keep them safe and secure until reunited with deceased ancestors in the afterlife, a kollam, a sinuous labyrinthine design was inked on the bodies.
  • Tattoo on a old woman’s hand. Image Source: Flickr

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  • The Dhanuks in Bihar tattooed their women to deglamorise them. The women from lower castes had to have visible parts of their bodies tattooed to signal their inferior status.
  • Munda men have a tattoo on their foreheads, three straight vertical lines which represents the three victorious battles of the Mundas against the Mughals. Here the tattoos are used to record historic events.
  • The Gonds of Central India, one of India’s largest tribes, traditionally left much of their bodies exposed. The bare skin was covered with kohkana (Gondi for tattoos) to ensure they looked decent.
  • The men of the Santhal tribes of Bengal and inscribe odd number of tattoos on their forearms and wrists. The odd numbers signify life and even numbers symbolise death in Santhal cosmology. The women of Santhal are subjected to extreme pain by tattooing their bodies with floral patterns. It is done so as they believe that painful experiences prepare a girl for motherhood.

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    Tattoo made on the neck of a woman. Image Source: freetattoodesigns.org

Tattoos are also used to strengthen the marital relationship between couples and depict their resolve to a particular faith.

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According to the Statesman.com report, Nagaland’s Mo Naga, one of the three Indians featured in the World Atlas of Tattoo. He wants to create modern patterns emerging out of the traditional designs and has founded the Headhunters’ Ink Tattoo School at Guwahati. Using modern machines and techniques of tattooing, he seeks to revive the traditional designs of the tribes of the North-east.

An elephant tattoo on hand. Image Source: The better India

The art of tattooing is one thing but the symbolic meaning and the tales behind it, is what makes a tattoo iconic. We often associate pictures, songs and certain symbols with people, memories, ideas and beliefs. When some of these are worth submerging ourselves into or when we are ready to completely embrace these emotions or ideas, tattooing them make them immortal. They are now permanent and represent who you are. These symbols that are engraved into you become an eternal ideal.

The process of tattooing is a ritual. Though done in different ways, the essential idea is the same. Hence, it is not wrong to say that tattooing is an emotional, physical, spiritual and mental experience.

prepared by Ajay Krishna an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • devika todi

    interesting read.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    There many tribes which consider tattoo as a traditional culture. They have their bodies tattooed very soon and like to display it as a form of their culture and recognition of their tribes

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June Electronics Sale: Save up to 50% off on Televisions, ACs, and Laptops

One may observe that summer is the time when there are huge electronic offers especially due to the huge increase in demands like ACS, Coolers, inverters, etc.

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So, the summers are finally here, and we can’t keep calm because it is the time for raining “Offers”!
One may observe that summer is the time when there are huge electronic offers especially due to the huge increase in demands like ACS, Coolers, inverters, etc.

So, the summers are finally here, and we can’t keep calm because it is the time for raining “Offers”! we can see all e-commerce websites coming up with all kinds of discounts and offers in all kinds of categories – fashion, home furnishing, footwear, accessories, and of course electronic items.

One may observe that summer is the time when there are huge electronic offers especially due to the huge increase in demands like ACS, Coolers, inverters, etc. Shopping electronic goods from online websites is always a wise decision because firstly, you get to explore a wide range of products right sitting at your home, get huge attractive discounts, and thirdly you get quality products delivered at your doorstep which comes with replacement policies and guarantees. Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, etc. are few of the most famous and trusted e-commerce for this purpose.

So, the summers are finally here, and we can’t keep calm because it is the time for raining “Offers”!
Flipkart Summer Sale

Major Offers on Electronics for June 2018

It’s June, and it’s raining offers on electronics like crazy.  As already mentioned different e-commerce companies like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, E-bay, etc. are giving out massive electronic offers in their respective websites ranging till 80% of discount offers! Now that’s what we call an electrifying deal! The different range of products that falls under this category is Mobile Phones, mobile accessories, health care appliance, laptops, desktops, gaming and computer accessories, television sets, home and kitchen appliances (refrigerators, washing machine, inverters, etc.), cameras and its accessories, and a lot more. So, you can guess it is indeed a never-ending deal list.

Major Products to look at?

Let us have an overview of different products that are being available on the different e-commerce websites;

  1. Television sets
  • Television is one of the most sought out product all the year round. And with the huge electronic offers in summer, the demand increases to an extreme level. The discount offer ranges till at least 70-80% off if not more.
  • The major brands which are part of this are MI, VIU, Samsung, LG, Kodak, Micromax, Sony, etc. There is also a wide range of products right starting from Smart TVs – LED, HD, Ultra HD, HD plus, etc.
  • The exclusive offers on this product from the different website are as below;
  • Amazon – Amazon has a wide range of products and offers in this category. The most amazing offer being the “no cost EMI” and “exchange offer”.  Also, there are instant discounts.  These offers come with easy, free installation and are delivered right at your doorstep. Hence, they prove to be very much beneficial.
  • Flipkart – Flipkart is one of the leading e-commerce websites which is providing massive deals and electronic offers. One can buy HD, FHD TV sets at merely starting range from 13,499/- only! There is also instant discount till 30% or more. Purchasing from Flipkart proves to be beneficial because of home delivery, and great replacement policies and warranty on the product.  They also have dedicated 24×7 customer policy which will resolve any of your issues.

 

  1. Air Conditioners
  • Its summer time, and if anything is being sold like hot cakes is “Air Conditioners”.  It has become a common necessity with the soaring temperature.
  • Major brands like Voltas, Carrier, Samsung, LG, etc and each of them has amazing offers to provide. There is also a wide product range varying between Window Acs, Split and Inverter ACs.
  • The exclusive offers by various e-commerce websites are as follows;
  • Snapdeal – Snapdeal yet another one to massive discounts on electronic goods and especially on air conditioners. One can select from a wide range of products of Split AC, Window and Inverter AC. Also, there are varied products depending on the capacity (1 – above2 ton) and depending on its star category (1- 5 star, 5 stars being the best).  Also not to forget each comes with an amazing price range and offers.
  • Shop clues – Shopclues is already a well known e-commerce website that offers massive, attractive discounts on air conditioners. At Shop clues one will find up to 20% discount on ACs. One will also find all kinds of major air conditioner brands like LG, Voltas, Hitachi, Blue Star, etc.
  • All the above proves to be beneficial for the purchasers with different discounts, offers, Pay n delivery options and easy returns.
So, the summers are finally here, and we can’t keep calm because it is the time for raining “Offers”!
Shopping electronic goods from online websites is always a wise decision because firstly, you get to explore a wide range of products right sitting at your home, get huge attractive discounts, and thirdly you get quality products delivered at your doorstep which comes with replacement policies and guarantees.
  1. Refrigerators
  • Yet another common necessity all the year round is Refrigerators, especially during the summers. These days one will find different brands of fridges with the latest technologies.
  • The major brands providing with various discounts on fridges are Panasonic, LG, Intex, Bosch, etc. One will also find a wide variety of product for example; double door top mount, double door bottom mount, French door bottom mount.
  • Few of the exclusive offers by top e-commerce websites are ;
  • Flipkart – Flipkart is one of the top e-commerce websites right now, and doubt they provide with exclusive offers. Amazing offers like exchange offer, No cost EMI, and special bank offers makes purchasing interesting and beneficial. A wide range of products along with huge electronic offers is enough to make anyone’s summer wonderful.
  • Paytm Mall – another emerging yet well-known e-commerce website with amazing deals and offers. One will find a great variety of fridges here. Discount offers till 20% makes purchasing more tempting. Also, one great benefit of purchasing from this website is getting Cashback offers on every purchase.

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How to avail these electronic offers?

Here is a step-by-step explanation for availing these offers;

  1. Visit the desired website, e.g. “Flipkart”.
  2. Click on categories > Electronics > Refrigerators (or any other product)
  3. Go through all the options available and choose one offer amongst them.
  4. While checking out make sure you have selected the offer that you want to avail.
  5. Fill in details and place an order!

 

Conclusion

As we can clearly see, our summer has just turned more interesting. All these electronic offers from different websites make purchasing more interesting and easy. Now, every electronic that we have imagined is easy to purchase with all these offers.  Hence, wait no more and start buying straight away.