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Of pets and parrots

Patricia Pereira-Sethi From childhood, I have always been fascinated by animals and birds. Along with friends, I helped tend to wounded and hungry creatures fallen by the roadside and in the adjacent park, much to the consternation of members of my medical family. They worried aloud that we would pick up some dreaded disease. Nothing of the sort happened. Once …

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The happy hustler

Actress, model, host, social influencer, and a hands-on mommy, Neha Dhupia was down in Goa recently at the Spartan Poker Indian Poker Championship 2020. NT BUZZ caught up with the lady to speak about her films, production initiatives, and how life has changed for her after motherhood Danuska Da Gama | NT BUZZ Q. From modelling and acting to hosting …

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Meet the new-age magicians

Danish Raza Delhi based digital illusionist Rahul Kharbanda’s most popular act involves an iPad. As the audience in the auditorium watches with amusement, Rahul places a bottle vertically on the device. He then pushes it inside the screen to convert it into an image on the screen of the iPad. Next, he pulls the bottle back from the screen as …

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Hum and strum: The nimble ukulele is a trendy favourite

The little instrument has gone from becoming an exotic import to a viral trend all because it’s small, light, inexpensive and so easy to play, that most uke-players are self-taught Vanessa Viegas The ukulele is suddenly everywhere. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has said he plays it in his spare time; so do Neil Armstrong, Tom Hanks, Ryan Gosling, Taylor Swift, …

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How book covers are changing

From botanical illustrations to typographic book covers, the way books are being perceived is changing and even though the advent of online reading is here, it has actually been a boon for illustrators in India and around the world Nascimento Pinto From botanical illustrations to typographic book covers, the way books are being perceived is changing and even though the …

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Loss of public discourse

Barkha Dutt There are many things that feel unhealthy about India’s democracy right now, but none more so than the fact that we have lost the ability to talk to each other without the use of narrow labels. Some of the polarisation is engineered by politics. The divisive citizenship legislation, for example, has created quarrels within families, intergenerational disputes and …

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The bigger picture

TENSING RODRIGUES Let us look at the bigger picture today; how has the ownership and management of land in the villages across the country evolved over the last two millennia or so? That could give us some clues for deciphering the background for the emergence of the gamvkaris. Baden-Powell writes of the two forms of villages: the raiyatwari village and …

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A republic in crises

Ramachandra Guha As I have written before, if India had been a start-up in August 1947, not even the most venturesome of venture capitalists would have invested in it. No new nation was born in more inhospitable circumstances. The Partition of the country had been awful enough, in the scale of its violence and the mass displacement of people from …

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Beethoven and basketball: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

Luis Dias In this the 250th birth anniversary year of certainly the most iconic composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), I’m reading through as much material as I can lay my hands on about this extensively written-about, and yet still somewhat misunderstood genius. What is striking is that although his life (as his biographer John Suchet puts it …

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Tracing the birth of Bangladesh

Lamat R Hasan Numair A Choudhury took 15 years to write his debut novel Babu Bangladesh! Sadly, he passed away soon after submitting his final draft to the publisher. Choudhary drowned in the Kyoto River two years ago, and, in hindsight, a drowning episode recorded by him in the book – “espy ropes of writhing and whirling liquids envelop him” …

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