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New products! Indian art in puzzles

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Redpatang is proud to partner with Puzzle Desh to bring you this exclusive collection of puzzles featuring Indian artwork and mythology.  These unique and classic puzzles feature 10 different designs and are available in 60 and 500 pieces.

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The series covers 3 different art forms Mysore, Madhubani & Orissa Patachitra.


Introductory offer: Special limited time 20% discount offer on puzzles. Use code PUZZLE20 to take 20% offall puzzles.
(*valid until Feb 1st 2015)

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January 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Thanksgiving with Kids & Other Tips

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Tips for the season*:
“If you have time and energy, get kids to help prepare a simple dish. This will acclimate them to cooking and bestow a sense of pride when “their” dish is served.”

“Modern technology has not yet replaced the handwritten thank-you note—rather it has made it more precious”

*Credit Bon Appetit magazine – A modern etiquette guide to Giving & Thanking Nov 2014

Get the kids to help with Chota Chef

With step-by-step pictorial illustrations to make it easy for young readers; Each recipe is printed double-sided (one side for the adult, and one side for the child) on a thick laminated board for easy clean-up. 
Each of the cards also contains a fun fact about the state or region where the recipe is from.


Send a handwritten note to the host

Show your appreciation by writing your thank you note on these one of a kind handmade scrolls featuring a an Indian Saloka design.  The paper is created using dispersed cotton fibres that gives it a unique texture and sheen

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November 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

Why I love India (series)

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Sorting Marigolds

Why I love India (series)


Beautiful series on ‘Why I love India’ on rediff.  Living away from India, we can especially relate to Shobha De’s sentiment on what she longs for when abroad. “When I’m away from India, I miss: The smells!…The smell of masala, mogras, wet matti (earth)”

Discover the entire series here.

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March 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

India Republic Day – January 26th

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64 years ago India adopted a new constitution making it a republic, a country of the people, for the people, by the people.  Republic Day is more than just a holiday.  It is a celebration of the freedoms and opportunities afforded to all Indians.  The Constitution, among other things, includes the following Fundamental Rights for ALL citizens: 

  1. Right to equality
  2. Right to freedom (speech, expression, life and liberty)
  3. Right against exploitation, prohibiting child labor and human trafficking
  4. Right to freedom of religion
  5. Right to conserve one’s culture, language or script.
  6. Right to constitutional remedies for enforcement of Fundamental Rights.
  7. Right to education.

A lot of progress has been made despite many challenges.  But India is, at best, a work in progress and a lot more still needs to be done.  We believe in India’s immense potential created by the huge human capital – a population of more than one billion citizens – who together will make India truly incredible.  We applaud Aamir Khan for creating and promoting ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which exposes the state of India’s rights and freedoms.   This hard hitting series from 2012-13 is a must watch.  It is available at

Watch. Feel. Act. For those who are unfortunate and helpless…

To freedom…

Written by Redpatang

January 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Indian Holidays 2014 (National)

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India has so many traditions, religions and cultures, that it can sometimes be hard to track whether a certain festival is a holiday or not.

Below is a list of official holidays for 2014 (as published by the Government of India), observed nationally.

Date National Holidays in India Week Day
Jan 14 Id-E-Milad Tuesday
Jan 26 Republic Day Sunday
Mar 17 Holi Monday
Apr 08 Ram Navmi Tuesday
Apr 13 Mahavir Jayanthi Sunday
Apr 18 Good Friday Friday
May 14 Buddha Purnima Wednesday
Jul 29 Id-Ul-Fitr Tuesday
Aug 15 Independence Day Friday
Aug 18 Krishna Janmastami Monday
Oct 02 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi Thursday
Oct 03 Dussera/ Vijaya Dashami (Maha Navmi) Friday
Oct 06 Bakri Id (Id-ul-zuha) Monday
Oct 23 Diwali Thursday
Nov 04 Muharram Tuesday
Nov 06 Guru Nanak Jayanthi Thursday
Dec 25 Christmas Thursday

In addition, individual states/ regions may have additional holidays for festivals and local celebrations.  Key regional holidays and festivals are listed below.

Date Other regional holidays/ major festivals in India Week Day
Jan 01 New Year’s Day Wednesday
Jan 07 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Tuesday
Jan 14 Makar Sankranti Tuesday
Jan 14 Pongal Tuesday
Feb 04 Vasant/ Shree Panchami Tuesday
Feb 14 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Friday
Feb 19 Shivaji Jayanti Wednesday
Feb 24 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti Monday
Feb 27 Maha Shivratri Thursday
Mar 16 Holika Dahan Sunday
Mar 31 Chaitra Sukladi/ GudiPadava/ Ugadi/ Cheti Chand Monday
Apr 14 Vaisakhi/ Vishu/ Mesadi/ Mashadi Uczadi Monday
Apr 15 Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam) Tuesday
Apr 20 Easter Sunday
May 09 Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday Friday
May 13 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday Tuesday
Jun 29 Rath Yatra Sunday
Jul 25 Jamat-Ul-Vida Friday
Aug 10 Raksha Bandhan Sunday
Aug 18 Parsi New Year’s day Monday
Aug 29 Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi Friday
Sep 07 Onam Sunday
Oct 01 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) Wednesday
Oct 02 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) Thursday
Oct 08 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday Wednesday
Oct 11 Karva Chauth (Karaka Chaturthi) Saturday
Oct 22 Narak Chaturdashi/ Deepavali – South India Wednesday
Oct 24 Govardhan Puja Friday
Oct 25 Bhai Duj Saturday
Oct 29 Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja) Wednesday
Nov 24 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day Monday
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Wednesday
Dec 28 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Sunday

PS: Local names/ spellings of these holidays/festivals may differ.

Cyber Monday Deal – Our best ever! 20% off everything.

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Cyber Monday Deal - Our best ever! 20% off everything.

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December 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

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Black Friday Deal!

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Black Friday Deal!

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November 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm


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