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By S Kamat

 The decrepit bus shuddered yet again to a stop. It was raining outside. Hard. The raindrops pelting down on the black tarmac of the Assam Trunk (AT) road which runs from Gauhati to Dibrugarh. The potholes on the road had been converted into small ponds interconnected by transient rivulets.

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A Sweet Memory of Burma

By Marjorie Gilbert

Every few years, when a severe case of wanderlust strikes, I find myself yearning to travel to places both exotic and far away. This year, I chose the most unlikely destination I could imagine. I have long been entranced by Burma, now called Myanmar, and the thought of this striking and far removed place served as my recent adventure.

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The Right Accessories

For a man wearing a suit the right jewellery can upgrade your look from smart to brilliant. At the same time, ostentatious ‘bling-bling’ is distracting and unattractive; men’s jewellery should always be subtle.

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Political Economy of Solid Waste Management

By Dr Nandkumar M Kamat

Government of Goa and its army of officer love to work without laying down firm public policies and guidelines. Not having a policy is helpful in doing what one wishes-right or wrong, mostly wrong. Solid waste has become the flavour of the season because the government has opened its purses.

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It’s a Bowler’s Game

By Sambit Bal

This World Cup was meant to be won by the bat. It may well yet be. But among the most heartening features of this tournament has been that bowlers have given us so much pleasure. In fact, they have been the soul of tournament, providing, as only they can do, most of the twists that have kept the matches buzzing. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the two best bowling sides have topped the groups.

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Practical India No Space for Rules

By Shweta Patwardhan

so Indians change lanes at will, usually without using a turn signal. Running a traffic light is not a serious event either. In the middle of all this, pedestrians run across the road with glee.

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When iPatient gets more Attention than Real Patient

By Abraham Verghese

 The other day as I walked through a wing of my hospital, it occurred to me that Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, would be more at home here than he was on "Jeopardy!" Perhaps it’s good, I thought, that his next challenge, with the aid of the Columbia University Medical Centre and the University of Mary land School of Medicine, will be to learn to diagnose illnesses and treat patients.

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Bohras – The Trading Community

The Bohras have been historically, traders. Their identity is firmly rooted in Gujarati culture and tradition and their strong commitment to education is another reason why they have stayed away from extremist politics


By K D L Khan

March 25, 2011 marks one very important date in the history of the Bohra community, as it is the 100th birthday (according to Islamic Hijri era) of His Holiness Syedna Muhammad Burhannuddin. Worldwide celebrations are happening and the most important of these being in Mumbai, where the Syedna resides.

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In the PINC Zone

By Mário Cabral e Sá

There are no free lunches", wrote my friend and physician Dr Oscar Rebelo in a signed ad for PINC, an acronym that stands for a voters counselling group called Panjimites Initiative for Change.

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A Dedicated Educationist

It can well be said that Dona of Propercia Correia Afonso de Figueiredo was on the greatest Goan lady of her time. With a vision, especially for the education of the children and women of Goa that she greatly loved


By Prajal Sakhardande

Many great Goan women and men of the yesteryears are today long forgotten. Their contribution to various creative, academic, cultural fields have to go down to our future generations. These are the lost pages of Goan history. They are our heritage, which we have failed to acknowledge with gratitude.

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