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Ministerial Gaffe

By Khushwant Singh

Cabinet Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, need not apologise to anyone for having described homosexuality as unnatural. There are millions of others who share his opinion. The problem is that homosexuality is a part of everyone’s experience. Most of us get over it when we have access to the opposite and only a small minority remain gays or lesbians all their lives.

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The Moon and the Ring

By Jose Mathew Ovelil

Not very long ago, there was a great king called Ravi Varma in central India. This benevolent king was known all over the world for his honesty and integrity. During his reign there was hardly any crime in the kingdom as punishments were severe and immediate. His subjects had a very happy and prosperous life and everyone loved and respected the king.

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Mantua Magic

By Meher Castelino

It is said that Mantua the quaint town in Italy is so beautiful it is worth travelling thousands of miles to see it. The history of this town dates back to 70 BC and has the most beautiful churches, palaces, lakes and opera houses besides great shopping and food.

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The Neglected Mushrooms of Goa

By Nandkumar M Kamat

Goa has a minimum five-thousand-year-old tradition of ethnomycology and ethnomycophagy. Worship of mushrooms is older than worship of tigers and serpents. The shamans of Kushavati culture consumed a psychedelic mushroom called Psilocybe that is found engraved on the rocky platform at Pansaimol.

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Co-existing with the Tiger

In the national strategy of conservation approaches to tigers, a microscopic non traditional tiger habitat in a small state like Goa with India’s highest rate of urbanisation and highest density of roads hardly makes any difference.

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The caregivers

It wasn’t the forts, temples, palaces, culture or nature that attracted him to India. It was sheer practical reason that made the Egyptian book his ticket to Kolkata. His sole purpose - getting a knee replacement at the Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, reveals Suvro Banerjee, an interventional cardiologist attached to the hospital. But not only patients, many NRI doctors are also coming back to settle down in the home country.

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Communalisation of MOI

By Tomazinho Cardozo
Since the formation of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) with a purpose to fight against the Goa government’s decision of giving grants to English medium primary schools along with Konkani and Marathi medium schools, the BBSM and its leaders have stated that the decision of the government is communal.

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Invoking the Sevens Sisters

By Vinayak Khedekar
Nature worship is a significant aspect of Goan life. Several styles or mediums are practiced through out the year, right from offerings, dance, narration of lyrics and visuals.

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Disability

By Sadhguru
Nobody is miserable because of a disability. Suppose you had only one hand you would not be miserable because of that fact; it is the fact that while everybody else has two hands, you have only one which makes you miserable.
So, fundamentally, a disease or a disability does not cause misery.

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