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Balcão – the Heritage Space

By Prajal Sakhardande

Our ancestors created a cosy leisure space called the ‘balcão’. The balcão, which literally means a balcony, is a uniquely Goan. The inward looking traditional houses of the elite Hindus were centred around an open leisure and utility space called the rajangan - the square courtyard in the centre of the house flanked by passages called the chowks.

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RP202: Excellent but not Perfect

By Mario Cabral e Sa

The eloquent pro-environment activist and arguably one of Goa’s busiest physician Dr Oscar Rebelo stated at a recent interface on RP 21 at the ICG that the plan was "excellent but not perfect". I thought it was a brilliant piece of semantics, and being a friend and also his long-standing patient, I rang him up to congratulate him.

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Heading an Educational Institution

By Tomazinho Cardozo

I have always believed that educational institutions are the best medium to mould character in youth and consequently help in the formation of a balanced society. However, ultimately, the outcome will depend on the leadership that is provided by the institution’s head.

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The Wonders of the Forest

By Vinayak Khedekar

Food is a foremost aspect of culture and we shall look at the culture that is mainly adhered to by the rural and tribal fold of the society. They depend on nature and their temperament is to acquire the maximum number of edible items, naturally grown that are found on the range of the Sahyadri hills.

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The Chemistry of Love

By Sadhguru

Every emotion has certain chemistry behind it. Whether you are joyous or sad, tense or calm, your chemistry is happening in different ways. It works in both ways – an emotion can change your chemistry and chemistry can change your emotion.

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Kitchen Miracles

By Dr Kasturi Desai

It is interesting that some very common household plants or products are very useful as home remedies. One such plant that is very handy as a home remedy is onion.

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Forgiving the Past for a Better Future

By Marilia Priyanka Fernandes

The bitter taste of betrayal can last lifelong. The loss of trust in a close friend can shatter a lifetime of relationships. Deception by a family member causes a chasm of grief. Being cheated on by a lover can cause tremendous hurt.

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In Defence of Arundhati Roy

By Khushwant Singh

 I do not know Arundhati Roy well as I have met her briefly a couple of times. But I have unbounded admiration for her. She is good-looking, animated, unconventional, a gifted writer, gutsy and a champion of lost causes. I am by no means her only admirer; she has millions of them in India and abroad. I am not wrong in believing that she is the best known Indian woman in western democratic nations and regarded as the leading voice of dissent in democratic India.

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What Goes Around…

By Vikram

One day a man in a truck saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out.Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so.

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So You Want to Ride a Tiger?

By David Brewster

If your New Year resolution is to pat a tiger and take a ride on it, have the adventure photographed (and still live to tell the tale), there is no problem! Go to the Tiger temple, near the city of Kanchanaburi in Thailand and for an expense of 133 USD (6000 Indian rupees) you can fulfill your ambition.

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