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Dance in music: The contradanse

Luis Dias During my London years, before the NHS (National Health Service) in its wisdom posted me further and further away into the countryside, I signed up for dancing lessons. It was an impulsive decision. I came across a flyer while returning home from orchestra rehearsal. The venue was virtually next-door to where we rehearsed, the timings were convenient, and …

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Find relevant ideologies of secularism

Mark Tully Just before the Delhi election campaign got underway, the president and his predecessor both stressed the importance of debate and discussion in a democracy. Speaking at The Indian Express’ Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “A democracy like ours deeply relies on uncovering facts and the willingness to debate them.” Giving the first …

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Is the print dictionary losing meaning?

Sales of print dictionaries are dipping fast in the digital age Manoj Sharma Vivek Mathur, a freelance copywriter, was quite dejected after deciding to ditch, after a decade, his print dictionary in favour of dictionary apps on his mobile phone. “Until six months ago, I always kept one in my bag, even though I was looking up words on my …

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Emergence of a leader

Chanakya To get a sense of how far Arvind Kejriwal has travelled in his short political journey of less than a decade, compare two images. The first is from his first term in office. In 2014, the chief minister of Delhi decided to sit on a ‘dharna’ in the heart of the capital. It sent out a message that Kejriwal, …

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On ‘forced’ food choices and children

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi My granddaughter, Anasuyaa, five, is a vegetarian and a very healthy eater. She loves vegetables, specially broccoli. She doesn’t like maida in any form, including cakes. She likes the idea of icecream, but will rarely go beyond a few licks. My son went through a phase of offering her lollipops, which she took to please him but …

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Bangladesh is doing well

Karan Thapar Frankly, I blame Henry Kissinger. Way back in the 1970s, he called Bangladesh “an international basket case”. At the time, no doubt, it was. Television images of the frequent devastating floods it suffered confirmed this characterisation. So the description stuck. Today, Bangladesh is a different country. The world may be slow in changing its opinion – although I …

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Co-work-cations: Building work into your travel itinerary

New start-ups are offering to help plan vacations with built-in time at co-working spaces and networking events, for the gig-economy freelancer on the go Aishwarya Iyer The gig economy means that you can work from anywhere, and travel all year round. But it’s not easy. So a crop of start-ups are helping freelancers build work time into their travel, with …

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Life behind the firewall

Death threats, confused relatives, and an increasingly difficult fight to stay anonymous – it’s not easy being in the shoes of the white hats that work with companies and governments to help keep digital data safe Dipanjan Sinha From having friends ask if they can hack into an ex’s account, to trending on Twitter for their work when they really …

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Contribution of the corporate sector in promoting sports in Goa

The writer recognises the support and contribution of the corporate sector in helping Goa’s sports culture to flourish Jayesh Churi Goa was liberated in 1961 and under the leadership of late Dayanand Bandodkar (Bhausaheb), Goa started progressing in the fields of sports and games. Private companies like Dempo, Chowgule, Salgaocars, Timblo, etc, began to promote a sports culture in Goa …

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Tennis on the rise in Goa

In the last few years, the state has seen a surge of interest among the youth in tennis. Coaching classes, tournaments and leagues are not uncommon with tennis courts mushrooming in parts of the state There was a time when tennis was played only by a very few – but not anymore, say those involved with the sport. “Over the …

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