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Tracing the roots of Afghan Sikhs

Saaz Aggarwal Can a Hindu or a Sikh be a real Afghan? Or could it be possible that people left their homes in India to settle in a country where they would always lead challenging lives because of their religion? This book is a systematic and earnest compiling of a wide range of information about the origin of this once …

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The origin of gamvkari

TENSING RODRIGES Last time we had speculated on whether the institutions of ‘mahajan’ and ‘gamvkari’ could be traced back to the early settlers in Komkan. We need to place this in the context of ‘a different story’ suggested by works like Sahyadrikhand and Gramapaddhati. The latter is said to be a part of the former, and contains the rules pertaining …

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Surviving Savaging Surroundings

Patricia Pereira-Sethi At a series of lunches and dinners during the recent holiday season, I realised how fraught our lives have become with the ferociousness of politics. Our worlds are spinning askew in highly charged atmospheres, be it London, New York, Mumbai or Rio. Distinct lines have been drawn; defined boundaries are suddenly here to stay. When political drama and …

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Of birthdays and ageing gracelessly

Frederick Noronha Somehow I quite intensely dislike the idea of birthdays. It seems to me a superfluous, if not completely meaningless, concept. After all, if we were born, and are still alive, that itself would imply that we would need to have been born on one (random) day or the other. So, why celebrate that day alone? Are we so …

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Fearing the alien

Shashi Tharoor Xenophobia (Noun): Fear or hatred of anything or anyone alien or foreign. Usage: It’s difficult to tell if exercises like the National Register of Citizens are motivated by xenophobia or mere politics. The fear of foreigners is, of course, neither new nor particularly Indian, but the word for it is only a century and a quarter old. It …

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In their eyes

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Nature has a reason for everything. A creature’s environment plays the main part in deciding how its eyes develop and function. For instance, starfish have five eyes at the end of each arm, but they can only see shade and light and huge masses of land. They don’t need to see any more than looming coral reefs, …

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Be messy, maybe

Karan Thapar If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, Einstein is once supposed to have asked: “Of what, then, is a messy desk?” I’m afraid this question has started to haunt me. Mine is a pristine desk, neat, free of paper, prettily arranged and always in frightening order. Until Einstein commented to the contrary, I was …

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Little women: Love, life and those growing-up years

Poulomi Banerjee “Make it short and spicy,” says a man (probably a publisher) to Josephine (Jo) March in the trailer of the latest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ (the film released in the US on December 25), “and if the main character is a woman, make sure she is married by the end”. It is not known …

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‘I am anti-establishment by nature’

Acclaimed journalist Rajdeep Sardesai who was down in Goa to launch his new book speaks at length with NT NETWORK about journalism in today’s time, the state of politics, and his love for Goa Danuska Da Gama | NT NETWORK From quizzing students, to being termed as a journalist who questions, to writing books, Rajdeep Sardesai has carved a niche …

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“Democracy in India is facing recession”

NT NETWORK The book launch of ‘2019: How Modi Won India’ by Rajdeep Sardesai on January 2, witnessed a packed audience, as the journalist, in his usual blunt and straightforward manner, spoke about his book, profession, and politics in India and Goa. Crediting his better half, an accomplished senior journalist herself, Sagarika Ghose, and his passion for elections, for inspiring …

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