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Jaipur is easily one of the most culturally rich cities in India. It is a royal city with Rajas and Ranis atop elephants and camels, forts and palaces that have seen invasions, rulers from all around the world and so much more.

The culture of the city is, in a word, vibrant. The exquisite history has brought around an era of skilled craftsmen and artisans coming together to hone their skills and showcase their talent in a space where it was valued by kings, queens and locals alike.

One of such crafts and craftsmen were the potters skilled in the art of Blue pottery- a form of pottery that is extremely lavish, extravagant and fit for kings. They moved to Jaipur to present their handicraft skills to the Maharajas and their Queens which left the royalties mesmerized. The eye catching blend of colours, intricate details and hand crafted precision left them wanting more and eventually, it turned into a more luxurious kind of pottery that was accessible only to the rulers of the cities.

Now, after so many years and technological advancements, the skilled blue potters and their art is slowly becoming a dying breed. The traditional craft of Turko-Persian origin is no longer relevant. People are opting for more cheaper forms of pottery, which they believe have the same sense of historical importance and carry the same intricate details that the royalties were drawn to.

Jaipur’s connection with the art form has occasionally attracted people from all over the world. They have come to witness and take home some of the beautiful art which blends in a variety of colour, small details and has a sense of history about it. The potters have taken themes from Chinese and European art forms and patterns that have occasionally drawn a huge audience to it, but locals and people from around the country are no longer interested in the craft.

The craftsmen today are forgotten and struggle to carry on their age old tradition of presenting quality pottery and clay work. It used to be a way of livelihood for many people living in the rural areas of the Rajasthan and with the steep decline in sales of the crafts, they are left wanting, lost and without an income. The artisans mentioned that they have repeatedly told the government of the tourists they attract and have urged them to look into research of the art form, to bring it back into relevance.

Blue pottery and the artisans are an integral part of not only Jaipur but the whole of Rajasthan. It tells of the age old tradition of borrowing techniques and skills from other countries, whatever may be the differences among the nations.

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Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF

You must have heard stories and read poems about how people cross a thousand oceans and climb mountains to find love. But you don't have to go to any great lengths if the love of your life is food. All you've gotta do to reunite with your one true love, is go to your phone's App Store/Play Store and download the KnockOFF app. Easy right?

Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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