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By Mário Cabral e Sá

It is seldom that parents, MLAs and ministers have a common demand and gather at Azad Maidan under the same banner, FORCE, a felicitous acronym for Forum for Rights of Children’s Education. The fact that Education Minister, Babush Monserrate was present in the audience bodes well for the success of the cause.

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Inside the Goan Kitchen

By Vinayak Khedekar

Looking is an essential factor in the processing of food and until the recent past the "chul" or "randan" was the only traditional means available that had an extensive use. Normally, the chul was magnified as a cooking range in all houses.

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Love for the Mother Tongue

By Tomazinho Cardozo

Do we really love our mother tongue Konkani? If we analyze the events right from the from the Konkani language agitation, way back in 1986, we can observe that our love for Konkani – the mother tongue – was superficial and, simultaneously, selfish.

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The Nectar of Life

By Sadhguru

When Arjuna asked Krishna, "What is the nature of this truth you are talking about? I am not able to grasp it," Krishna said, "The nature of the truth is such that if you drink what looks like amritam (nectar), it will become visham (poison). If you drink what looks like visham, it will become amritam."

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The Miracle Plant

By Dr Kasturi Desai

When talking about medicinal plants, the one plant I feel deserves special attention is Aloe vera. This is a succulent plant. The leaves are thick, fleshy, green to grey-green, some varieties show white patches. The margins have fine teeth. The plant is not an original Indian plant but literature suggests its origin is in Sudan. It grows well in dry conditions and hence is often preferred in rocky gardens.

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Talshillem (Shrimp Chilly Fry with Kokum)

By Melinda Pereira Kamat

Time: 12 mins,

Yield: 13 heaped tbsp


270g fresh brine shrimps [galmo], 2 tsp coconut oil [5g], 2 tsp garam masala powder [4g], salt to taste, 1 large onion [60g], 2 green chillies, 20g kokum rinds

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The Bard of Northern India

By Khushwant Singh

If Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is regarded as the patron saint of Delhi, his disciple Amir Khusrau would well be regarded as the bard of Northern India. Even in his lifetime he was known as Tuti-yi-Hind, the parrot of India. He composed songs in Farsi (Persian) and Hindavi, spoken around Delhi. To this day he is the top favourite of Qawwals of India and Pakistan.

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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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