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From “Fear of missing out” to “Joy of missing out”, find contentment in your own experiences, whether shared or solitary.



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Have you ever been in a situation where you feared you’re missing out on something? Maybe you see your friends posting stories of hanging out together and you suddenly feel down, sad and lonely. This feeling of being left out is Fomo.

       Fomo refers to the “Fear of Missing Out”, where a person feels the need to be a part of something and feels unpleasant about seeing something happening without their presence. FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out, is common in today’s interconnected world. It can strike when you see others enjoying experiences you’re not part of, whether friends hanging out or colleagues attending an event. The fear of being left behind or not included can lead to feelings of sadness, loneliness, and inadequacy. Social media often exacerbates FOMO with its constant stream of curated highlights from others’ lives. Overcoming FOMO involves recognising that everyone’s journey is different and finding contentment in your own experiences, whether shared or solitary.

Psychological impact of FOMO

1. Anxiety and Stress: Imagine scrolling through social media and seeing your friends attending a concert you didn’t know about. Suddenly, you feel anxious about not being there, worrying about what you’re missing out on and whether you’ll still be included in future plans. FOMO can trigger anxiety and stress as individuals constantly worry about missing out on experiences or opportunities. The fear of not measuring up to others’ standards or being left behind can lead to persistent feelings of unease and tension, impacting mental well-being.

2. Decreased Self-Esteem: You come across photos of your acquaintances on a luxurious vacation while you’re stuck at home. You start questioning your own worth and accomplishments, feeling inferior because your life doesn’t seem as glamorous or exciting. Constant exposure to others’ seemingly exciting lives on social media can diminish self-esteem. Comparing oneself to others’ highlight reels often leads to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, eroding confidence over time.

3. Social Isolation: Paradoxically, FOMO can contribute to social isolation. Fear of missing out can lead individuals to prioritize online interactions over real-life connections, ultimately distancing themselves from meaningful relationships and experiences. You decline invitations to social events because you’re constantly monitoring social media, afraid of missing out on updates or opportunities. Over time, you find yourself spending more time online than engaging in real-life interactions, leading to a sense of loneliness and disconnection.

4. Poor Decision Making: FOMO can influence decision-making processes, leading to impulsive behavior. Individuals may make choices based on the fear of missing out rather than on their genuine desires or values, potentially leading to regrettable outcomes. You impulsively purchase concert tickets for a band you’re not particularly interested in because you’re afraid of missing out on the experience your friends are excited about. Later, you realize you’ve wasted money on something that didn’t align with your true preferences or values.

5. Dissatisfaction and Discontent: Continuously chasing after experiences to avoid missing out can result in a perpetual sense of dissatisfaction. Despite participating in various activities, individuals may still feel unfulfilled, as the underlying fear of missing out prevents them from appreciating the present moment. Despite attending numerous events and activities, you can’t shake the feeling that something is missing. You’re constantly searching for the next big thing to be a part of, unable to fully enjoy or appreciate the present moment because you’re preoccupied with what you might be missing elsewhere.

What is Jomo?

     While FOMO is straining and exhausting, there is a new approach to missing out on things called JOMO, or “Joy of Missing Out”. JOMO, or the “Joy of Missing Out,” is a refreshing counter to the anxiety and stress caused by FOMO. It’s about embracing the idea that missing out on specific events or experiences is okay and finding contentment in your choices. Rather than constantly feeling pressure to be part of every social gathering or activity, JOMO encourages individuals to prioritise their well-being and happiness.

     At its core, JOMO is about cultivating a sense of fulfilment and peace by focusing on what truly matters to you. It involves being present at the moment and savouring the joy of solitude, self-care, and meaningful connections. Instead of anxiously scrolling through social media feeds to see what others are doing, those embracing JOMO take pleasure in life’s simple pleasures, whether it’s enjoying a quiet evening at home, pursuing a hobby, or spending quality time with loved ones. By embracing the joy of missing out on specific events or activities, individuals may experience reduced stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. Instead of constantly comparing themselves to others or needing to keep up with the latest trends, they can cultivate a sense of inner peace and contentment, appreciating the richness of their lives. JOMO is a mindset shift that celebrates the beauty of being present, embracing solitude, and finding joy in the moments of life that others might overlook. It encourages individuals to slow down, unplug from the world’s constant noise, and reconnect with themselves and the things that truly bring them happiness. By embracing JOMO, people can create a more balanced and fulfilling life that prioritises their well-being and inner peace.

How to turn FOMO to JOMO?

It is certainly possible to turn FOMO to JOMO while accepting one’s own shortcomings and enjoy what gives happiness while practicing the following steps. 

1. Practice Mindfulness: Cultivate awareness of your thoughts and emotions when experiencing FOMO. Instead of allowing FOMO to dictate your actions, pause and reflect on what truly brings you joy and fulfillment. Mindfulness techniques such as meditation or journaling can help you reconnect with your values and priorities, allowing you to make decisions from a place of authenticity rather than fear.

2. Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to activities or invitations that don’t align with your values or goals. Establishing boundaries empowers you to prioritize self-care and meaningful experiences, reducing the pressure to constantly be part of every social gathering or event. By honoring your boundaries, you can create space for the activities and relationships that truly bring you joy and fulfillment.

3. Practice Gratitude: Shift your focus from what you’re missing out on to what you’re grateful for in the present moment. Keep a gratitude journal or regularly reflect on the blessings in your life, whether it’s cherished relationships, personal accomplishments, or moments of serenity. Cultivating gratitude can help you appreciate the richness of your own experiences and find joy in the moments that others might overlook, turning FOMO into a celebration of the joy of missing out.

        In conclusion, the journey from FOMO to JOMO represents a profound shift in mindset that has the potential to impact our well-being and overall satisfaction with life profoundly. By recognising the detrimental effects of FOMO and embracing the principles of JOMO, individuals can take over their experiences, relationships, and happiness. Through mindfulness, individuals can cultivate a more profound sense of self-awareness and intentionality, allowing them to make choices that align with their values and priorities. Setting boundaries becomes a powerful tool for preserving energy and focusing on what truly matters, fostering a sense of empowerment and autonomy. Additionally, practising gratitude serves as a powerful antidote to the constant cycle of comparison and dissatisfaction, helping individuals find joy and fulfilment in the present moment. Therefore, the significance of turning FOMO into JOMO lies in its ability to foster a more balanced, meaningful, and fulfilling life. It encourages us to shift our focus from external validation and fleeting experiences to the richness of our inner world and the connections that truly nourish us. By embracing the joy of missing out on certain activities or events, we open ourselves up to a world of possibility and serenity, free from the pressures of constant comparison and competition. In embracing JOMO, we discover that true happiness lies not in chasing after every opportunity but in savouring the moments of quiet contentment, deep connection, and authentic self-expression that make life truly meaningful.


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Digital Media Overuse: What do you even mean?

Confused about what digital media “overuse” even means? Want to know if you should stop using digital media entirely? Read on to find out.



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We have all heard from our parents, teachers and everyone older than us about the bad side of digital media, such as TV, mobile phones, social media, etc. But then our friends love digital media and to be fair it doesn’t seem that bad, right? You get to know what your friends are up to thanks to your mobile phones and social media, you are caught up with the recent episodes of Doraemon, Pokemon, etc. and can talk about it with friends. All in all, there is no harm in using digital media. But rather it becomes harmful when we overuse it.

What do you mean by “overuse” of digital media?

“Overuse”, is a term you must have heard a lot but never quite understood what exactly it meant. And you have all the right to be confused, after all, who decides when you are overusing digital media? Yes, some studies say that after certain hours of usage, it is considered overuse to use social media, but then again these studies are done on humans and no two humans are alike. So, there is a possibility that the studies’ conclusion may not apply to a few humans. And who is to say that you are not one of the few? 

Then how can you define “overuse”? The answer is simple whenever “you” feel tired or drained out, don’t feel like doing physical activities anymore, have trouble sleeping or talking to new people such as new classmates or adjusting to new environments such as feeling very jumpy or restless at a family function, that is when you know you have overused digital media. But remember just like a cold has symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, headache, etc., the things mentioned previously are just some of the symptoms of overuse, it doesn’t mean you can’t get over it or get better, but you need to recognise these symptoms first then only you can start your treatment. Also keep in mind these are just a few symptoms, as the effects or symptoms of overuse will show up differently in different people, but one thing will remain consistent in all the symptoms, “you will not feel good”. You might feel restless, scared, sad or all of them together.

Should I stop using digital media altogether?

Should you stop eating ice cream entirely because you will get a cold if you have cold food items and drinks? Should you stop talking to everyone else in class because one of them was mean? Should you stop answering your question paper in the exam entirely because you don’t know the answer to one of the questions? NO! And that’s exactly why, you should not stop using digital media altogether or entirely as it has its benefits too.

Without digital media would you have known what is happening in other countries to prepare for your MUN debates? Without digital media would you have known the different music genres such as pop, hip-hop, K-pop, etc.? Without digital media would you have known about the various tales of bravery that Little Krishna went on or the life lessons about things you should and should not do from Doraemon?

Digital media is pretty important in today’s age, so it is not at all something you should ignore entirely and not indulge in. It’s like asking our parents to not write whatever they heard in class on paper to remember as our ancestors used to have an oral culture of learning where people used to listen and remember. So, instead of writing it down they should also listen and remember, but the invention of paper and ink made it possible to reduce the burden on our brain and we incorporated it into our daily lives. Just like that digital media has reduced our reliance on written hard-bound materials a lot. This is not only sustainable in the long run but also makes it easier for us to understand difficult to simple concepts better as now we have audio-visual aids at the tip of our fingers to help us break down the written concepts easily. Learning doesn’t need to be confined to a classroom. 

What should I do to prevent the overuse of digital media?

Preventing overuse is not that simple but it’s not entirely impossible. You don’t have to take drastic steps or use drastic techniques such as entirely stopping to use your phones or watching the television. But rather take it slow. One of the techniques could be that if using digital media such as your phone for 12 hours straight is making you feel tired and not feel great in general, then reduce the time that you engage with digital media by 1 hour every two days until you don’t feel so bad. 

Now if you are cutting down the hours that you used to use digital media you must have some free time which will make you think, “What will I do with that much free time?”. You don’t need to study more or fill out another workbook in maths or English grammar, just because you have a little more time now. Instead, use the extra time to make origami or crochet something or maybe finally make that dessert that you saw them making in Masterchef Kids. Yes, you might have to use digital media to get the crochet or origami pattern or the recipe for that Masterchef Kids’ dessert but it won’t be for a long time and once you get a hang of it you won’t need the digital media aid for long. 

How about using this technique, suppose you were using digital media for 12 hours and then you reduced it to 8 hours over a period of time, out of that 8 hours maybe use 2 hours for practising the new crochet pattern or origami pattern while looking at the tutorials and the extra time that you have you can try practising it without the tutorial. Slowly you will get into new kinds of activities that won’t necessarily require digital media at all times of the day but will keep you equally occupied with other things that will help you learn and grow every day. 

Another technique that you can use is doing nothing. Sometimes when you don’t want to do anything, how about just not doing it? Maybe take the free time to just sit and watch the stray dogs run on the street or think about the conversations you had with your friends or mum the other day, take some free time to just think and wonder to help you understand others and the environment around you better. This will certainly help you in developing your emotional quotient or EQ, which is very different from IQ and actually depends on how emotionally aware you are about yourself and about others in your surroundings. One of the ways to develop EQ is by giving yourself the time and space to understand what you are going through and what others are going through.


Now these are a few techniques that you can use to prevent overuse but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other techniques. But these techniques work the best because you don’t entirely stop using digital media overnight but rather reduce your usage and over time fill the free time with something else. Always remember digital media has its pluses and minuses just like Doraemon’s gadgets. It all boils down to how you use it and how much you use it, to ensure you make the most of it. 

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Remembering Vijaya Mulay

Vijaya Mulay: A Pioneer in Indian Cinema and Education- Honoring the legacy of a filmmaker who shaped childhoods.'



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For those who grew up in the 1970s and 80s, the song “Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya” holds a cherished place in the hearts of many. It was more than just a catchy tune; it was a reminder of unity in diversity, beautifully portrayed in the short animated film “Ek, Anek aur Ekta.” directed by the late Vijaya Mulay.

Vijaya Mulay was a renowned filmmaker, film historian, researcher and educationalist born in Mumbai. Mulay’s journey with cinema began in Patna in 1940, where she used to frequent city theatres to watch English films. This passion for cinema led her to pursue a master’s in education in the UK, after which she returned to India and became actively involved in film societies, notably founding the Delhi Film Society in 1959.

Throughout her career, Vijaya Mulay made significant contributions to Indian cinema and education. She served as the joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies alongside film critic Chidananda Dasgupta, with Satyajit Ray as its founding President. Her work at the Central Board of Film Certification in the early 1960s shaped the Indian film industry. She also played a vital role in producing several educational films widely used in schools across the country, promoting a progressive and inclusive approach to education.

In 1967, Vijaya Mulay fostered a lifelong friendship with celebrated French filmmaker Louis Malle, who assisted her in making her debut film “The Tidal Bore.” This film, depicting a natural phenomenon along the Hooghly River, garnered international acclaim and was India’s official entry at the Mannheim Film Festival. Its success not only marked a significant milestone in Mulay’s career but also showcased the potential of Indian cinema on the global stage.

Mulays’s accolades include the V Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement for documentaries and the Vikram Sarabhai Lifetime Achievement Award for educational communication. She was also awarded the national award for best writing in cinema.

In 1975, Mulay led the Centre for Educational Technology (CET), where she produced educational films broadcast across thousands of villages. One of the most notable films from CET’s animation studious was “Ek, Anek aur Ekta”. This film, a heartwarming tale of unity in diversity, won the National Film Award for Best Educational Film. Its success reflected Vijaya Mulay’s commitment to progressive education and inclusive ideals and demonstrated the power of film as a tool for social change.

Vijaya Mulay’s vision of a diverse yet united India is evident in “Ek, Anek aur Ekta,” a film that resonates even today amidst political turmoil. At a time when diverse rhetoric dominates, Mulay’s work reminds us of the importance of unity and inclusivity.

As we remember Vijaya Mulay’s legacy, we honour her contributions to Indian Cinema and education. May her films inspire generations, fostering a spirit of harmony and understanding in our society.

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Inamorata’s Labyrinth: A Book For All The Things You Can’t Admit

Inamorata’s Labyrinth is a book that reminds us that there is nothing wrong with loving passionately another person as well as ourselves.



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They say it’s easy to write about the feelings to help you process your emotions better. But sometimes these feelings can get pretty dark and not so easy to process and that’s when your writing ends up becoming dark as well. Writings that are this dark in thoughts and emotions is not everyone’s cup of tea but those who have a taste for such writings just can’t stop preaching about the depths of such writings. It’s the subtle hints here and there, the deep angst and yearning that bring about the satisfaction in the end. Satisfaction not of lovers uniting but of finding oneself amidst the maddening crowd of blind lovers. Satisfaction of finally gaining back your sanity and vision after the rosy dusk of love has settled. And lastly, the satisfaction of knowing that you are indeed a human for you loved with all your heart and now you shall hate with that much passion for “you” matter. The book Inamorata’s Labyrinth by Sherryl Samantha Pal takes on this treacherously satisfactory journey to remind us what truly matters

Inamorata’s Labyrinth: A Closer Look

With a collection of short stories and poems, Inamorata’s Labyrinth takes us on a journey that is sad and dark in the beginning but you will find hope for a new beginning. A beginning that may lack the company of a certain someone you were very close with but will have the company of a person who has been there for you since day one, i.e., you. Navigating through negative emotions and sadness through the various characters in the book you are bound to find a kindred spirit and understand yourself better.

Inamorata’s Labyrinth not only affirms in you the belief that it’s okay to love like crazy but it also reminds you that it’s okay to fight for yourself and put yourself first no matter what. It reminds you that it’s okay to fall into the deepest depths of despair but you must rise. It reminds you that sadness is not something you should run away from but rather accept it like you accept joy. Lastly, Inamorata’s Labyrinth reminds you to never forget the happiness you felt with yourself just because you have now become familiar with sadness over the loss of a type of happiness you felt with someone who is not there anymore. 

Truly raw and pure, each page of Inamorata’s Labyrinth holds an emotion that is bound to resonate with readers from every walk of life. The poems though short carry with them such pangs of reality that by the time you reach the last word, it will feel as if somebody has poured a bucket of cold water on you. Inamorata’s Labyrinth is truly a labyrinth of emotions, a journey that the reader takes from the first page to the last and yet feels lost and content by the time they close the book.


After successfully publishing her first two books, Arcane: Silhouettes, and Esterdale, Inamorata’s Labyrinth appears to be a harmonious blend of writing style that Pal has presented earlier in her previous books. But what sets this book apart from the other two is its depth and maturity when dealing with complex emotions and feelings of love, loss and betrayal. Inamorata’s Labyrinth is a must-read for anyone looking for a type of satisfaction that can only be achieved when you start on the journey to find yourself again. It will remind you to never ever take yourself for granted no matter how grand and pretty the rosy dusk of love may look but at the same not be ashamed to love another with as much love as you have for yourself when it feels right to you. The heavy importance given to your feelings and emotions is what makes this book stand out from the crowd. 

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Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome can be quite a difficult feeling to navigate around, understand its impact on your well-being, & thoughts to cope with it.



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Imagine you find yourself in a new job, it’s been a week since you’ve started working and the feelings that you’re experiencing are doubt, fear and anxiety. The thoughts that run through your head include, “Is this right for me?”, “I feel like I don’t deserve this”, “I’ll never be good enough” and many more. This feeling of not being good enough and self-doubt lies in the psychological feeling called “Imposter Syndrome”

Imposter Syndrome is the psychological feeling or pattern of experiencing constant self-doubt, feeling like a “fraud”, persistent fear of not being good enough and feelings of inadequacy. This holds, especially with the evidence of the person being highly qualified and accomplished in a particular role or profession. This causes distress, anxiety, preoccupations, fear and many other negative feelings that might hamper the functioning of the person. Imposter syndrome is well known to be experienced by a wide spectrum of people including students, professionals, academics, minorities, and perfectionists. All of these individuals experience imposter syndrome while especially holding high achievements, being underrepresented and susceptible to being perfect. While the highs of achieving are often related to positive feelings of superiority, happiness and self-encouragement, people with imposter syndrome experience feelings of weakness, and inadequacy and think they do not deserve this. This can cause immense stress and anxiety if not dealt with effectively. 

Psychological Impact of Imposter Syndrome

  1. Distress: Distress refers to a state of extreme sadness, pain and suffering which holds in the case of people with Imposter Syndrome. Having to doubt your capabilities and abilities does cause negative feelings to occur leading it to become distress. For example, a student who ranks first after extensive effort thinks that they do not deserve the rank and becomes distressed about the fact. This distress can likely impact their mental well-being, affecting both their academic performance, overall quality of life and their self-esteem.
  2. Self-sabotage: When they cannot acknowledge the fact of being in a highly qualified position or being in a stage that they think they don’t deserve, leads to feelings of disempowering nature and urges to self-sabotage. Self-sabotaging can transpire in several ways, including overworking, underachieving, procrastinating and seeking rejection. For example, when a person gets promoted they might seek rejection consciously or subconsciously because of the negative feelings being attached with Imposter Syndrome they experience.
  3. Negative self-talk: Negative self-talk refers to the habit of engaging in conversations with oneself that lead to pessimistic internal dialogues. It may be the result of Imposter Syndrome as seeking rejection and self-sabotage is also a part of the psychological effect it has on individuals. It can be characterised by statements like, “I always mess things up”, “I’m not good enough to deserve this”, “I’ll never succeed” and many more. An example of negative self-talk can be attributed to the earlier example of being promoted to a position of power and feelings of inadequacy arise because of the Imposter Syndrome faced by the person. Statements like “I’m not good enough to deserve this”, “They must have made a mistake while giving me this” and many more are experienced.
  4. Low self-esteem: One of the most important qualities that can be shattered because of experiencing Imposter Syndrome is self-esteem. As a result of having Imposter Syndrome, one can experience difficulty in internalising their achievements and attribute it to luck and other external factors rather than their abilities. An example of this is a student passing a difficult exam suffering from Imposter Syndrome and attributes the success of passing to luck and that others probably didn’t put in effort rather than appreciating oneself for their effort. 
  5. Anxiety: The most distinct aspect of Imposter Syndrome is the constant fear of being a “fraud” and being found out for the same. This causes restlessness, ruminations and preoccupation with these thoughts even the perceived fear. An example of this includes an employee feeling the need to keep up with the expectations of others because of high expectations and feeling like being caught for faking it until then even if it was their abilities that lead them to achieve higher. Being anxious causes immense stress and preoccupations with daily functioning that should be ideally intervened. 

Coping with Imposter Syndrome

It can be quite frustrating and exhausting to deal with feelings of inadequacy, negative feelings and feeling like a “fraud”. Here are some of the ways to cope with Imposter Syndrome which can be quite beneficial:

  1. Challenge Negative thoughts: Recognising when feelings of inadequacy arise and understanding them are necessary steps to move forward. To challenge these negative thoughts the first step would be acknowledging them. The next step is to reframe the negative thoughts into positive ones which is achieved only when they are acknowledged. To help with reframing and changing the thoughts, positive affirmations are evidence that support or contradict these thoughts can be done. It is also important to remember that feelings of inadequacy are not always based on facts but are often distorted perceptions of ourselves.
  2. Developing a growth mindset: Embracing challenges is always a part of growing. Changing the mindset to being growth-oriented in nature and understanding that challenges can be accepted can help in coping with Imposter Syndrome. Further cultivating a belief in one’s ability to learn and adapt rather than being fixed on current abilities can help one grow further and develop a growth mindset. Using constructive criticism, viewing your failure as feedback and celebrating successes can each be a stepping stone to overcoming Imposter Syndrome. By embracing a growth mindset, one can overcome self-limiting beliefs and unlock the full potential to learn, grow and succeed in all areas of life. 
  3. Seek professional help: One of the most effective ways to overcome Imposter Syndrome is to seek professional help. Therapy provides a way to unveil all thoughts and feelings and provide a space to internalise everything. It also allows for a person with Imposter Syndrome to cope and overcome all the psychological aspects and provide insights into the same. Especially when the feelings related to Imposter Syndrome are significantly impairing one’s daily functioning and well-being, therapy and seeking other forms of mental health professionals can do wonders to manage and overcome imposter syndrome effectively. 

Here is a video to help you with imposter syndrome:

Credits: YouTube (Stanford Medicine)

In conclusion, it is important to understand that Imposter Syndrome is a complex human phenomenon experienced at different degrees by different people across all occupations and demographics. While Imposter Syndrome provides a label to the feelings and thoughts experienced, it becomes essential to remember that it does not diminish one’s own capabilities and achievements. The phenomenon of Imposter Syndrome is only a result of human’s drive for excellence and promotes resilience once it’s overcome. By delving into one’s vulnerabilities and strengths, Imposter Syndrome can be navigated with resilience and confidence holistically reaching one’s full potential.

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Rod Puppetry: A Dying Art

Let’s dive deep into the world of rod puppetry to find out what makes it so unique and why is it slowly dying out.



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Different kinds of puppetry have taken over different parts of India. In fact, many of these kinds of puppetry such as glove and shadow puppetry are still very much famous among the masses as puppeteers find it easy to recreate. But one such puppetry exists which despite having a rich history and being pretty distinct, is showing a decline. And that is rod puppetry. Practised mainly in West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar this form of puppetry is slowly getting erased from the mind of the people. Let’s dive deep into rod puppetry and rod puppets to discover what makes it so unique and why it is slowly dying out.

How Does Rod Puppetry Work?

Rod puppetry is considered an extension of glove puppetry but the key difference is the usage of rods over gloves. Normally three rods are used to manipulate these rod puppets. The main rod which balances the head is attached at the neck and the two other rods that manipulate the hands are attached to the main rod at the shoulder joints. The legs or the lower body of the puppets are hidden with the clothes of the puppet. Depending on the region in India they are based on they can be huge in size or small. The three states of India in which this form of puppetry is famous include; West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar.

West Bengal

Known as Putul Nach which literally translates to “Dancing Dolls”, rod puppetry takes the form of a huge human-like structure going as tall as 3-4 feet in certain regions. These huge rod puppets are dressed like the actors in Jatra. What’s interesting about the rod puppetry form in West Bengal is how the puppeteers manipulate them. Unlike traditional puppets where the puppeteers stay in one place and manipulate the puppets, here the puppeteers are hidden behind a head-high curtain and dance or move along the huge rod puppets to impart the same moves to the puppet. The entire process that the puppeteers follow is pretty theatrical. Normally it’s the puppeteers who voice out the dialogue and sing for the puppet but sometimes they are accompanied by a group of musicians who sit on the side of the stage.


The rod puppetry form in Odisha is a bit different from its Bengali counterpart just like its Rasgullas. The rod puppets in Odisha are not as big as the ones found in West Bengal they range from 12-18 inches. The shoulders of these rod puppets are connected to the main body with the help of strings, not rods. Thus, this form of rod puppetry uses a mix of strings and rods, giving a different dimension to their rod puppets. The puppeteers in this case squat on the ground and behind a scene to manipulate the rod puppets. Most of the dialogues are sung to tunes of classical Odissi music. Rod puppetry is also known as Kathi Kandhe in Odisha.


Known as Yampuri, the rod puppetry form in Bihar has its own uniqueness. For starters unlike its Odia and Bengali counterparts, these rod puppets are made out of wood and don’t have joints. Hence, it requires the puppeteer to be very flexible in their approach and be highly dexterous when handling these rod puppets.

How Can We Conserve Rod Puppetry?

Living in the era of the 5G internet it’s not surprising that why these traditional art forms such as puppetry are dying out. Rod puppetry being a tough speciality in the world puppetry makes it even more susceptible to cultural extinction. Plus the added burden of creating these huge rod puppets and having barely any audience to cheer them on due to the rise of electronic media also contributes to its low popularity. One way to conserve this beautiful art form is by incorporating it in electronic media such as broadcasting it on YouTube to help increase its reach and ensure that it continues to entertain and teach the future generation.

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Malota: A Filmfare Nominee Short Film

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Twilight in Delhi, Ahmed Ali, Colonial, Delhi, Mr Nihal
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Strays, dogs, blacky, biki
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The Stray Dogs Tales: Rescue For A Cause

therapeutic, alcohol use disorder, awareness, stigma, mental health
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Vikram Aggarwal, Mayur Dharod, Maharashtra, Marathi, Short Film, Sand, Farmer, Valu
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Autism , Autism Awareness Month , Neurodiversity, Neurotypicals, Awareness
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Gunta, Tejas Sonawane, Mumbai, short film, city
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Chi Chi (Dirty): Turning a Blind Eye to Social Prejudices by Choice

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Editor's Pick5 months ago

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Self Love, toxicity, judging oneself
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Clay Artists For That Perfect Insta Glam or Kawaii Charm

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Poetry6 years ago

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Poetry7 years ago

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Music7 years ago

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Poetry7 years ago

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Short Films7 years ago

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Interviews7 years ago

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Interviews7 years ago

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