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Truck art represents the culture, tradition, history, love, passion, storytelling and much more

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October 20, 2016: In Peshawar, trucks are not just a vehicle to get around. It is a mobile work of art that says so much about the person driving it. Truck art says so much about the culture, tradition, history, love, passion, storytelling and much more.

Truck painting is a popular form of an indigenous art form in the South Asian countries. It features floral patterns and poetic calligraphy. Also known by the name of the jingle trucks, these trucks first appeared in the 1940s but took off in the 1970s.

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The Government of Pakistan has been organising truck art exhibitions in co-operation with some enterprising individuals since the 80s. The art has established itself as a thrilling and lively ‘folk art-form’ from Pakistan. Pictures by Tourists have made it a global phenomenon and has inspired local businessmen as well.

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Quotes are one of the most imperative and the eye-catching feature of the truck art as they provide insightful humour. They leave an impression on the reader by virtue of its simplicity. Truck art would be incomplete without theses quotes. Some of these includes ‘Aadmi Aadmi Ko Duss Raha Hai, Aur Samp Khara Huss Raha Hai!’, ‘Duniya Jalti Rahi, Shahzadi Chalti Rahi’, ‘Maalik Ki Gaari, Driver Ka Paseenah, Chalti Hai Road Per Bun Kay Haseenah’, etc.

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Each province of Pakistan has its own unique and striking style of truck painting. Each tribe offers its own exclusive ethnic heritage. Sindh is famous for camel bone work, Rawalpindi and Islamabad’s truck includes plastic work, Balochistan and Peshawar prefer wood trimmings. The art, including arrangement, colour and material, is the “cultural representative of the region.”

According to a local driver, from buying the paint, to getting trucks painted, it costs around $1000. A truck artist said,” I have pictures that I copy one or two times. I memorise it and then I paint it straight onto the truck.” Truck art continues to evolve with psychedelic and floral designs to make driving in South Asia a sight to behold!

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

 

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)