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Deriding madness

Touching on stalking, physical danger and sexuality, Eating Wasps shows how society often drives women to madness for expressing their desires Avantika Mehta ‘Clear’, ‘concise’ and ‘insightful’ are perfect descriptors of Anita Nair’s latest novel, Eating Wasps. The book starts with 30-year-old Sreelakshmi’s suicide on a “Monday. A working day.” A Sahtiya Akademi winner, she is still considered damaged goods …

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Practically perfect in (almost) every way

Luis Dias Sequels can sometimes be such a letdown, and although I was aware that ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ had come to our big screen, I took my time to actually go and see it. I went to a morning show and was thrilled to find just about eight of us in the whole cinema hall, so it was a much …

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Beware of this malware

Indo Asian News Service Global cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks has discovered a malware that is capable of stealing saved usernames and passwords in Google Chrome, saved credit card credentials in Chrome and iPhones text messages if backed up to a Mac. The malware named CookieMiner is capable of stealing browser cookies associated with mainstream cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service …

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Climate change and silk cotton trees

Nandkumar M Kamat Known from ancient time as ‘Shalmali’ in Sanskrit, Sanvar in Konkani, silk cotton trees are scientifically known as Bombax ceiba. The best location to study the ecology, phenology, biology and microbiology of these trees is Goa University campus where only 10 per cent of the trees have survived the bulldozers of development. These trees are key stone …

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This republic has four fault lines

Ramachandra Guha If India was a start-up in 1947, not even the most venturesome of venture capitalists would have invested in this audacious experiment. In the first years of our life as an independent nation, predictions that we would fall apart came thick and fast. Representative here are these words of Claude Auchinleck, former commander-in-chief of the British Indian Army, …

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The war among ants

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi We are lucky that the 13,000 ant species, discovered till now, are small. Even if they were the size of cats, they would be the rulers of the universe by now, would have discovered ways to reach Mars, and colonise the moon, would have solved any mathematical or gravitational problems, would have built weapons without metal etc. …

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Politicians must evolve with the times

Karan Thapar “Would you accept our politicians are a rum lot?” That’s how Pertie began the conversation. He was exercised by the response of Maharashtra politicians to the recent Supreme Court ruling relaxing the stringent conditions imposed by the state government on dance bars in Mumbai. Now that’s not a subject at my old fingertips but a little digging around …

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Will ‘behen’ be Congress’ counter to ‘behenji’ in UP?

Barkha Dutt Priyanka Gandhi’s dramatic, front-foot entry into politics has galvanised Congress cadres and thrown the BJP into sheer confusion. There is a certain audacity and boldness to her debut as general secretary of Uttar Pradesh, East, the political stomping ground of chief minister, Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. But now that Rahul Gandhi has decided to appoint …

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Boats Ahoy!

That the anatomically modern humans – Homo sapiens, and possibly the Homo species that preceded it, moved out of Africa, and into the rest of the world, is by now an accepted fact. But what is not very clear is the route that they followed. However, it is generally believed that they took a coastal route – from the coast …

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Qatar is champ; India on the right track

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Football in Asia is changing for the better. If people in India were overwhelmed by their country’s performance during the AFC Asian Cup, Qatar took many by surprise. Few had expected such a performance. When Australia, Iran and Japan were expected to hog the limelight, Qatar stole the thunder. Being ready for the unexpected is what makes football …

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