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Celebrating solo

More people are choosing to stay single or partner on their own terms. And startups in areas from food and realty to living and dating are responding by redesigning offerings to accommodate those coming in, in ones Madhusree Ghosh We’re having conversations with bots; treating our plants like they’re children (check out #plantmom on Instagram); seeing celebrities like Emma Watson …

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Travel tails

Pet parents across India are getting their dogs out of the city, and letting them feast on the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors. They’re camping down at “human-friendly pet resorts” Natasha Rego Imagine winding down – after a long day of hiking and swimming – with a cold beer, by the campfire, and dinner under the stars. …

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An insider’s tale

Montek Ahluwalia’s telling of the UPA’s 10 years, in his book, ‘Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years’, raises an intriguing question: Why, after achieving so much, as he convincingly argues, did it crash out in disgrace? Karan Thapar Unlike the British, we do not write memoirs. Which is perhaps why Montek Ahluwalia begins his book ‘Backstage: The Story …

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Behind the meat processing factories scam

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi One of the biggest rackets in the country are of illegal “cold storages” or “meat processing” factories. Last year I went to Belagavi, Karnataka to answer a frantic call for help by local residents who had uncovered a number of cold storages /meat processing factories that were killing thousands of buffaloes illegally. I took the local politicians …

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Taking a different route

The system has mellowed him. But the CM has also placed new political cards on the table Barkha Dutt Arvind Kejriwal framed his campaign as being about “kaam ki rajneeti (politics based on work)”. In an interview, he reiterated his argument that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was seeking votes on its governance record — on the schools it has …

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All ears for audiobooks

Long commutes, the pressures of family life that leave no time for reading, and the allure of big names narrating stories, are some of the reasons why many Indians are tuning in to dramatised readings Samhita Chakraborty Swaddled in woollens, Ruskin Bond has been eating “a lot of Christmas pudding” and regaling all the kids in his adoptive family with …

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The Mahatma lives on

Ahmedabad was once Gandhi’s city. Yet, in recent decades, Ahmedabad has wilfully, deliberately, turned its back on the legacy of its greatest resident Ramachandra Guha On January 30, I was in Ahmedabad, a city that was central to Mahatma Gandhi’s life and work. It was here that he established the most celebrated of his ashrams, on the banks of the …

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Parsuram: The pioneer?

TENSING RODRIGUES Could Parsuram have led a group of Deccan ksatriya into coastal Komkan, Tuluva, and Malabar? Could the oral tradition – the collective memory of the community – of what had happened in the remote past have resulted in development of the Parsuram legend over time? Could it be some sort of a feeling of collective gratitude, hero worship? …

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Unravelling the events in Tibet

Claude Arpi shows that the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement’s guiding principle of non-interference in and respect for each other’s territorial integrity left China to do in Tibet whatever it willed Thubten Samphel Claude Arpi’s third volume on relations between India and Tibet covers the deepening Chinese penetration of the plateau and Beijing’s administrative and military consolidation there. The free hand given …

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Goa, remain Goan

Luis Dias My family and I had such a lovely time at CIPA (Centre for Indo-Portuguese Arts) Madragoa recently. If you haven’t already been there, you really must. This labour of love deserves a dedicated column in its own right. I’m very sure that, like me, after your visit, you’ll want to keep going back for more. One fado that …

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