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Does India need tuna on its plate?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Yellow fin tuna products sold in the US are being recalled, through an order by the Food and Drug Administration, because they can cause a type of food poisoning called scombroid fish poisoning. This happens when people eat fish that’s contaminated with high levels of histamine, a compound that causes allergy like symptoms. The contamination occurs when …

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Complimentary with negative connotations

Shashi Tharoor Nerd (noun), a wonk or geek, obsessively immersed in and knowledgeable about a narrow subject, but lacking social skills. Usage: That nerd is not someone I enjoy talking to, but he knows more about computers than you or I do, so I need him. The word nerd became a fixture of US student slang in the 1960s. The …

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Hazards of spilt verdicts

Chanakya When Maharashtra, and the rest of the country, slept on the night of November 22, it appeared certain that Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena would become the state’s next chief minister (CM). He, it seemed then, had the clear support of both the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the Congress, which had come around after initial ambivalence. When …

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In IPL’s pick-and-discard routine, India players still winners

IPL is a test for every cricketer in the true sense and November is that time of the year when players are on the edge. Transfers and release announcements make them behave like students worrying about exams and results Amrit Mathur Cricket is uncertain but its Sensex—IPL’s auction bazaar—works in a manner more baffling. Mayank Agarwal, India’s latest sensation, is …

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The critical effects of eco-anxiety

SANCHITA SHARMA Oxford Dictionaries declared ‘climate emergency’ as the 2019 word of the year, following a hundred-fold increase in its usage. Another term that made the shortlist but not the cut was ‘eco-anxiety’, which is defined as a feeling of chronic helplessness, depression, fear, fatalism, and resignation to the impending environmental catastrophe. Unlike the documented mental health fallout of disasters …

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The Trikarmi Brahman

TENSING RODRIGUES If we accept that the karhade brahman are but a geographically differentiated sub-group of the desasth, the brahman map of Brhatkomkan is populated by just three classes of brahman: desasth, citpavan, and sarasvat. The remaining part of the Padmapuran story as quoted in the supposed verdict of Shivaji’s court of pundits and in the Syenavijatidharmanirnaya can help us …

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These food pop-ups offer bites of history

Brinjals stuffed with meat, chhole paired with boiled eggs, a planter’s lunch in Assam — events by home chefs explore niche micro-cuisines ANESHA GEORGE Local dishes influenced by colonial rulers, the rediscovery of niche, hyper-local cuisines, forgotten recipes carried from one land to the other by migrants… pop-ups are beginning to explore the relationships between food and culture. Here’s a …

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Of toys and Child’s Play

Luis Dias In the decade of our existence, (yes, we are ten years old!) we at Child’s Play India Foundation have worked hard to curate appropriate music for our annual Christmas concert. There’s a lot of Christmas music such as carols, which are evergreen; but we have also played other works. So far, we have played the Christmas concerti of …

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A serious poet who dabbled in films lyrics

Lamat R Hasan Established writer and translator Rakhshanda Jalil’s newest book is a biography of legendary poet Shahryar whose fabulous body of work spans several decades. Born Kunwar Akhlaq Muhammad Khan, in public memory, unfortunately, Shahryar is largely remembered for writing a few memorable Hindi film songs. In the first few paras of the book, Jalil lets it be known …

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Keeping litfests alive

Litfests perform the very important function of promoting reading. In this isually-saturated era, when many think that television has killed books and radio, it’s important to keep both of them alive to stimulate our imagination Mark Tully The season of literature festivals (litfests) is on us. From Itanagar in the Northeast to Kerala in the south west, in big cities …

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