An 18th century idol of Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of food, was re-installed in Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath temple. The last home of the idol, reportedly stolen from the temple city in early 20th century, was the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Canada’s University of Regina. Winnipeg-based artist Divya Mehra noticed the idol some years ago, recognised and researched it, discovered the Varanasi connection and was instrumental in having it repatriated. It seems the idol was part of the personal collection of a Norman MacKenzie who donated it to the University of Regina — then Regina College — in 1936. The gallery has been named after him. All these years, the missing Annapurna had been parading as Vishnu.
A 12-foot-tall puppet, representing a nine-year-old Syrian refugee reached Britain, all the way from Turkey. The plot of her 5,000-mile walk through eight countries was simple — she was looking for her lost mother like thousands of migrant children trying to escape Syria’s civil war.