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The moon and the creatures

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi The silver yellow full moon lights up the sky and makes me instantly happy. We have forgotten how the moon can change the landscape, because we have so many artificial lights. But, as the moon spins round the planet, it alters the Earth’s ecosystems, transforming the lives, food, shelters and reproduction cycles of hundreds of species. Tides …

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Saving the idea of India

Karan Thapar There’s something I want to share with you. I’m confident many of you will agree. We owe an enormous gratitude to the young people of India. They’re the true guardians of our values and identity. I know that sounds like the ranting of an old man – and I can’t deny I’m over the hill and could soon …

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Of people and their gods

TENSING RODRIGUES The deities and the temples, and the traditions that envelop them, constitute a rich source of information about the people associated with them. Following the studies by Sontheimer and Shulman, many historians are now following that approach. [Sontheimer, 1989: Pastoral Deities In Western India; Shulman, 1980: Tamil Temple Myths]. We have already seen how useful this approach has …

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The link between Japan and India

Ramachandra Guha I thought, I should write on something other than “a burning topic of the day”. So here goes. There is a stock, stereotypical, image of the Japanese tourist, who rushes to and through a monument or shrine in a foreign country, clicking away. As one website has it, “The Japanese tourist has become a ubiquitous figure throughout the …

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The Goa that doesn’t exist anymore

Luis Dias About a year ago, Goan popstar Remo Fernandes uploaded a song video on YouTube,‘The Goa I Used to Know’. It came to mind when I heard of the cutting of the unfortunate, iconic mango trees at Colvale. I watched the news item on a local TV channel with shock, dismay and sadness. I had been under (obviously now …

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In praise of a frenemy

Frederick Noronha I first ran into Francis Rodrigues via cyberspace maybe two decades ago. As they say, you never know who you’re dealing with when on the Internet. “The ‘person’ on the other end of the line could well be a dog,” as the old cyber-joke goes. It soon became clear that Francis was obviously very talented. As we got …

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Distinct stomach cancer identified in younger patients

Many people under 60 who develop stomach cancer have a “genetically and clinically distinct” disease, new Mayo Clinic research has discovered. Compared to stomach cancer in older adults, this new, early-onset form often grows and spreads more quickly, has a worse prognosis, and is more resistant to traditional chemotherapy treatments, the study finds. The research was published recently in the …

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A portrait of a city and more

Kunal Ray I often think about ways of writing about the city. There aren’t any easy resolutions. Cities have defied norms and stereotypes, and writing about them ought to enable newer insights into unknown aspects, the seamier underbellies that lie far removed from the many accounts that bring to life the pavements and its many activities amongst other issues that …

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Striking Gold

Augusto Pinto The sporting scene in the year 2020 is going to be dominated by the Tokyo Olympics. How is India going to fare in it? To find the answer to this question let’s see how many medals have been won by India in the past 28 Olympic games. Well, India has so far won 28 medals (nine gold, seven …

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