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The ice is breaking

The famed winter Chadar trek in Ladakh is drawing increasing hordes of adventurers every year. At what cost? Sankar Sridhar Tundup Wangail still remembers the first time he set foot on the frozen Zanskar River 40 winters ago, as a five-year-old. He remembers shivering in sub-zero temperatures and the way his father, before open fires in yawning caves, taught him ... Read More »

Captain MS Dhoni: An unconventional mind with a magnanimous heart

PRADEEP MAGAZINE There are times when a small gesture becomes more meaningful than a grandiose act or a phenomenal achievement. Johannesburg September 24, 2007 is a historic day for cricket in more ways than one. It was the final day of the first ever World T-20 of which India, led by MS Dhoni, became the first-ever winners, despite having initially ... Read More »

Why I spend every New Year in Britain

Karan Thapar For over 30 years I’ve made a point of celebrating the new year in London. When asked why I do this I’ve replied, tongue-in-cheek, because I believe it’s important to start the year in a civilised country! Initially I meant that as a joke but over time I’ve come to realise it’s uncannily close to the truth. Today ... Read More »

Why films on sport are big winners in India

Sanchita Sharma Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal crossed the `350-crore mark to become the biggest Bollywood blockbuster ever. Based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who coached his two daughters to win two Commonwealth golds and a silver, the film struck a chord with millions of Indians for whom opportunities to root for a winning side are few and far ... Read More »

Till Tej Bahadur’s video appeared, India hardly paid attention to what its soldiers ate

Barkha Dutt “The Prime Minister talks of Digital India, a cashless ‘yug’ – so why punish a BSF jawan for having and using a mobile phone,” argued CRPF soldier Subedar Ranbir Singh when I asked him whether there was a dangerous precedent in troops taking to social media to air their (legitimate) grievances. Please like & share: Read More »

Where are all our scholars gone?

Frederick Noronha For a state supposedly rich and talented, and with as colourful a history as Goa, it is embarrassing that we have so few local scholars working on the region. Three decades after statehood, we have very scant scholarship on the region being built locally. Please like & share: Read More »

Linguistic Legerdemain

Patricia Pereira-Sethi   I love the English language and derive immense pleasure fashioning and juxtaposing words at whim. But I don’t believe my love for the dialect spontaneously places me in a class of characters called ‘Lexophiles’: cognoscenti who are extremely agile and adroit with the philological. Please like & share: Read More »

Aparant: The Western End

Tensing Rodrigues Shloka 26 of Part 2, Chapter 5 of Kamasutra (circa 2nd century BC) has the following reference to what appears to be Aparant : (translated as) The women of Aparant and Lat are very impetuous and make gentle sounds during intercourse. (Kedarnath, 1891 : Shri Vatsyayanapranitam Kamasutram). Please like & share: Read More »

The Forgotten Chapter

Jugneeta Sudan “Is it not true that all stories exist to be written anew?” asks Lakshmi Pamuntjak in the prologue of her novel ‘Amba – The Question of Red.’  The Indonesian novel was published in 2013 under the title ‘Amba’ before Speaking Tiger India published it in English under the new title in the fall of 2016. Please like & ... Read More »

A Miracle never to be forgotten

Luis Dias What do you give someone as a gift on their wedding day? Well, if the groom is the reigning ‘King of the Violin’ and you just happen to be one of the most celebrated composers in the land, called ‘Père’ even by other composers and students, a violin sonata would be just the thing.  Please like & share: Read More »

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