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Walkman@40: A timeline of the listening devices that led to the smartphone

Natasha Rego Remember the beginning of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? It was pure nostalgia when Chris Pratt (as Peter Quill / Star Lord) shimmied into the dark cavern dancing to the tunes on his Sony Walkman. The Walkman he carried was the TPS-L2 model, the first ever mass-produced portable music device, released 40 years ago. Since then, Sony has sold …

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Leadership crisis in the Congress

Karan Thapar Perhaps because attention was sharply focused on Rahul Gandhi’s resignation and the two-month-long reluctance of the Congress to accept that he had truly made up his mind, nowhere near enough has been directed to another glaring weakness in the leadership of the party. I am alluding, of course, to its leadership in the Lok Sabha. Yet, there are …

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Crows are smarter than you think

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Back to one of my favourite subjects: crows. They are slowly disappearing so please save them now. Give them shelled peanuts, rice, fruit. Don’t put it on the ground. They prefer trays, open feeders, tables. Don’t stare at them because they will not pick up the food. Just leave it and retreat, and slowly, as they begin …

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Balancing Act

In attending the Eastern Economic Forum, Narendra Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to visit Vladivostok, capital of Russia’s Far East. This visit to the Pacific coast will also signal a reset of India’s relationship with Russia. Despite continuing photo-ops of bonhomie, New Delhi and Moscow need to find a new foundation for their relationship. The previous pillars …

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Its time men help with family planning

The majority of health workers in the field of reproductive health are women. And why should this be so? Lalita Panicker Population is a subject close to the hearts of most politicians. The remark by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on population explosion set off a royal kerfuffle, with the usual arguments about sinister plots to target minorities on the one …

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Safety of LGBT folk

Mihir Samson In the year that followed the Supreme Court reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a number of LGBTQ identifying persons have approached the courts to assert their rights. Days after the SC verdict, the Kerala high court allowed the petition of a woman, directing her female partner to be released from the forced confinement of …

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The school atop a hillock

Frederick Noronha Lawrie, a friendly village businessman, had this last copy of a book which an author had asked him to sell. He was relieved when I willingly picked it up. For me, it would of course be a useful addition to my collection of Goa books. Goa books, often published by their authors themselves for a number of valid …

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Of the upcoming battle

Chanakya Even as India is just recovering from the marathon seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, which threw up a spectacular victory for Narendra Modi, the political calendar has moved on to the next set of assembly polls – in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana later this year. These state elections are important for five reasons. One, they will show if Modi and …

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The deluge of 7,500 BCE

TENSING RODRIGUES Do we junk the submergence of Kathiyavad (Kusastha’i) and the crossing of Vimdhya by Agastya, because these do not seem to fit into the overall timeline? At least the first of these seems to be fairly well evidenced. Probably we need to abandon the assumptions on which we based our causal relations. Perhaps the first assumption that we …

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Extraordinary in the mundane

Manav Kaul’s stories examine the themes of loneliness, heartache, isolation, and the human need for companionship Simar Bhasin I first came across Manav Kaul’s work as a student when the college theatre society staged his play, Park, during a festival on campus. The story of three strangers fighting each other for space in a park, the play turns on discussions …

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