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When it rains, it pours

Frederick Noronha When it rains, it pours. This saying in English usually means that when something good or bad happens, it usually occurs more than once and often within a short period of time. In the case of Goa, it just means what it says: heavy rains that are tough to cope with. This monsoon season, we’ve seen at least ... Read More »

Legislation is the best way to counter India-bashing

Mark Tully Once again India has been bashed about by international surveys creating a dismal image of the country. There was the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report on Kashmir with the standard outraged response from the head of the Army General Bipin Rawat. He described the report as “fallacious, tendentious, and motivated ….. overtly prejudicial and seeks ... Read More »

The Sarabha Story

The Sarabha story from Siva Purana we read last time is not just about the Saiva- Vaisnava conflicts at the beginning of the last millennium; it also speaks about the Deccan a thousand years prior to it. The purana are layered texts, memories after memories laid upon one another, intricately woven together into one narrative; peel them off like skins ... Read More »

Survival of the fittest brands

Sujoy Gupta No, the hyphen in the single-word cover title isn’t a typo. It’s there to assert that this book is as unique as the brands it talks about. Curiously, Ramya isn’t a brand executive. She’s described as a storyboard creator busily tracking the advertising and marketing ups and downs of soft media products created for TV channels like Star ... Read More »

None Shall Sleep

Luis Dias I think that’s a fair prediction? No football-crazy person with access to live coverage of the FIFA World Cup matches will sleep very much this week, just as so many of us haven’t ever since it all began. “None Shall Sleep” is the literal translation of “Nessundorma”, the title of possibly the best-known and loved operatic aria on ... Read More »

Here’s how Iceland is using bitcoin mining infra for deep learning applications

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Nick Rigillo | Bloomberg After devouring nearly as much energy as all of Iceland’s households combined, Bitcoin miners may be about to return something to the community that’s housed them. Iceland is looking past the faddishness of crypto currencies and toward other projects that need the same kind of infrastructure that Bitcoin miners rely on. These include ... Read More »

Are Goa’s Western Ghats becoming drier?

Dr Nandkumar M Kamat The rainfall distribution pattern is showing some alarming trends as if the Western Ghats are becoming slowly dry. There are 13 rain gauge stations in Goa – Mapusa, Pernem, Ponda, Panaji, Ela, Sankhali, Valpoi, Canacona, Dabolim, Margao, Mormugao, Quepem, Sanguem. Ela, Sankhali and Dabolim are additions from 2014-5. For planning of long term water security of ... Read More »

A village in Haryana dumps cricket for football

MANOJ SHARMA It was a cool, cloudy, evening in June 2014, and Mahesh Raghav reached the cricket ground in Ghamroj village of Haryana at his usual time to coach the village’s young cricketers. But, much to his dismay, none of his 50 trainees turned up. He waited for an hour before walking back home, angry and hurt. This had never ... Read More »

The World Cup opens doors for new heroes

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES We are coming to the end of the World Cup and one thing that struck me most was that teams that have nothing to lose tend to give their best and end up causing the biggest upsets . Russia, Japan and Croatia were not expected to go far. Yet, they made it where few expected them to be ... Read More »

Mehbooba Mufti’s Manmohan moment

Barkha Dutt   Till recently, Mehbooba Mufti — a hardy, unconventional woman working in a dangerous and male dominated world — held one of the toughest jobs in India. As the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba, a 59-year-old single mother, defied multiple orthodoxies, to build her political party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), from scratch. Please like & ... Read More »