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A ballooning issue for marine life

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi I have always hated kites and plastic straws, long before I knew how many millions of lives they took. Another phobia of mine is balloons. I will not touch one and will not enter a space that has them. People who release pigeons and balloons at rallies have my undying hatred because the pigeons will die and …

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A sinking ship called the Gandhis

Karan Thapar Perhaps because we are riveted by the scale of Narendra Modi’s victory and what it portends for our future, we’ve somewhat ignored the crisis in the Congress. Yet it deserves at least as much attention because in the present circumstances, a credible opposition is critical for our democracy. Unfortunately, judging by appearances, the Congress seems to be falling …

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Keep language and politics separate

Shashi Shekhar The morning of September 2012 is still fresh in my mind. Hindi lovers from all over the world had gathered in Johannesburg. I was presiding over the media session of the 10th World Hindi Conference. Mani Shankar Aiyar was the chief guest. In his speech, Aiyar had said that nothing could be as good as a person from …

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Trailing the stethoscope

Frederick Noronha For some reason the number of history books in my Goa collection seem to outnumber all other topics. Of course, there also are quite a few books related to creative writing, fiction, short stories, novels, etc. If you place in one basket all the fictional writing in all languages – primarily English, Konkani, Marathi, even Portuguese and Hindi …

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A maestro’s journey

Kunal Ray There are several regrets in my life; one of them is not having listened to Ustad Vilayat Khan live in concert. Recorded music can seldom reproduce the joy of a live performance. Every recording is a different rendition, a new rumination on what has been sung or played before. For many like me who had no access to …

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Table Talk: A feast for the senses

Dining out isn’t only about the food anymore. It’s also about the experiences that come with it — the more inventive, the better. Experiential dining is here Satarupa Paul A silver moon lit the narrow gullies of Old Delhi’s Ballimaran that night. In the courtyard of a haveli as old as time, a young man cleared his throat and began …

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How rainwater hides mysterious microbes

Nandkumar M Kamat These are some results from our biometeorological research which were brought to the notice of scientists of Panaji IMD observatory on World Meteorological Day, March 23, 2018 in my presentation on the invitation of the then station director Sahu. Biometeorology and its microbial dimension is still a novelty in India. But we wish to inform the people …

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A long way to go

Lalita Panicker The #MeToo movement has lost some of its steam but a singular positive development has been that across offices and other places of employment, men think twice before making jocular remarks about the looks or other attributes of women colleagues, think long and hard before making untoward advances and are careful about putting out insensitive messages on social …

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Move over Batman, Bajrangi takes on supervillains

India’s new comic-book avengers are rooted in the present. They’re taking on the system, fighting rapists, corruption, terror, and even the caste hierarchy Lavina Mulchandani They’re not from Planet Krypton or here to save Gotham City. Indian superheroes have their origins in real places, like Mizoram, Delhi and Gujarat; their battles are familiar — they take on corruption, rape, the …

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Real heroes: India’s para-cyclists

Ajai Masand Heavy rain overnight had turned the forest trails into rivulets. An eight-member Border Security Force (BSF) patrol party was scouring the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir for intruders. It was 10 a.m. on November 30, 2012. Soggy and shivering, they trudged through the thick foliage along the Line of Control (LoC). Constable Harinder Singh …

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