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Parsuramksetrotpati : The origin of Parsuramksetra

TENSING RODRIGUES Standing on the summit of the Sahyadri mountain, Parsuram beheld the ocean and ordered it to recede. The ocean did likewise, and lo there was land, about 39 kilometres wide and about 1,288 kilometres long, stretching from Kanyakumari to Nasik-Tryambakesvar. A little earlier, in the chapter Citpavanbramhanotpati [SHKG, 120; SHKD, 303], Parsuramksetra is delimited differently; it sets the …

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Reading the works of the Ramanujans

CP Surendran Though a much-rewarded scholar, translator, and an exceptionally gifted poet, Ramanujan was disposed to self doubt, anxiety, and depression till his death in 1993. His battle with himself began early. One of his first diary entries (19 March, 1951) when he had just set out as a lecturer in English in Quilon, Kerala, reads: ‘All my wavering and indecision …

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The politics of (mis)-pronunciation

Luis Dias If a word is written down, how should it be pronounced? As the writer intended, you might say. But what if the writer is long dead, and it is in a language the writer may or may not have been very familiar with? I’ve often wondered this when reading the works of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). Having been born …

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Sophia the robot visits India

The delicate looking woman robot with doe-brown eyes and long fluttering eyelashes, who mesmerised the world when she was activated in 2016, is getting smarter by the day She is fashioned after Audrey Hepburn, can walk, talk and emote too. And now, Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen who came calling here this week, can also draw sketches, contextualise a …

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The green bang theory

SANCHITA SHARMA Green crackers are less polluting and cheaper than the standard ones, but will the firework display be as bright and beautiful as the real thing? That’s a question every fireworks enthusiast is asking after the eco-friendly e-crackers failed spectacularly last year because they seemed like a bad recording of fireworks going off. The minister for health, science and …

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Finding Maradona in Naples

Maradona’s growing fame coincided with football becoming flush with riches. It has got richer, but generations after him have built mighty walls and fortresses to insulate themselves. Footballers live in a bubble today. Maradona came to Naples in search of peace but lived in full public glare Dhiman Sarkar One consequence of revisiting the life of someone who has left …

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Bizarre new rules to reform T20

Amrit Mathur Cricket is never short of off-field excitement but even by its high standards the present churn is quite extraordinary. Among the developments what grabs attention is news from Bangladesh about new rules in their revamped T20 league. In a major repair job, the IPL model is junked and private owners shown the door over serious administrative, financial or …

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Master of all

From providing sound to tiatrs, composing music, and directing his own tiatrs, Jerson Fernandes from Nuvem is versatile when it comes to serving the Konkani stage JP Pereira Jerson Fernandes from Nuvem is an actor, singer, musician, who also provides sound for tiatrs and other shows. It was his father Joaquim who used to provide sound for tiatrs when they …

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‘Nightingale Of Goa’

AUDIO REVIEW JP Pereira Pilar Music Academy has been organising a singing competition for original Konkani songs for many years. Giving a boost to Konkani music, scouting and promoting the future voices of Goa, is the main idea behind this endeavour. ‘Nightingale of Goa’ is the first album that has been released and features some of the prize winners and …

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‘Subject’

TIATR REVIEW JP Pereira Various subjects are taught in school. These have to be studied so as to clear exams, although at times some of the subjects are not used much in real life. But the subjects we have to learn from the holy book are important for leading a better life. JosEvon have released ‘Subject’ a new tiatr that …

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