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The rise of the pop-up museum

Manoj Sharma Aditya Arya, a photographer and visual historian, believes museums are a great way to engage people in experiential learning, and if people cannot go to a museum for some reason, the museums should be taken to them. No wonder, in the past two years, Arya has organised over a dozen curated pop-up camera museums across Delhi-NCR. These pop-up …

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The humour within paraprosdokians

Karan Thapar You won’t find the word in the Oxford dictionary but it’s in Wikipedia. Paraprosdokians is defined as a figure of speech in which the second half of a phrase or sentence is surprising or unexpected. It can be a clever form of wit or a neat way of taking a dig. I most enjoy paraprosdokians when they’re used …

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India’s perception battle

India’s Kashmir policy has become a problem with the American Left, which is developing a narrative about the Narendra Modi government that is partly fallacious. Some of this was on display during the hearing on Kashmir by the United States House Foreign Relations subcommittee. The proceedings were largely symbolic, for the executive continues to dominate policy. Only 14 Congress representatives …

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A look at the strangest eyes in nature

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Human eyes are among the least useful and become weaker with age, genes, or bad nutrition. The animal kingdom on the other hand has the strangest, most complex eyes in it. From six eyed spiders to geckos that can see 350 times better than humans. Some animals see infrared, and ultraviolet, parts of the spectrum not visible …

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A pragmatic country sometimes has no past

Canadians are not boastful, though in fact they have a great deal to boast about. We have a lot to learn from them, though they don’t tell us to Ramachandra Guha I was in four countries in September. I began the month in my homeland, India, which once thought of itself as having shown the way to other ex-colonies by …

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Many words for one… in Romi Konkani

FREDERICK NORONHA Some books are more equal than others, or so it seems at least in Goa. That would have been fine, had it not been for the arbitrary basis on which such value is judged. Recently, I’d argued elsewhere that we in Goa judge the worth of a book based on such extraneous factors as where the book is …

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Decoding the Nobel Prize for India

It is the second time an Indian has been awarded a Nobel Prize for economics. This demonstrates that the best of Indian education is world-class. The award should also create awareness of the loss India is suffering by allowing an educational asset as valuable as JNU to be embroiled in controversy Mark Tully Economics can soar into the stratosphere of …

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Bramhan: The battle within

TENSING RODRIGUES Going by the names of places and the gotr (families) of all the bramhan that Parsuram ‘brought’ and settled in Parsuramksetra, leaving out the sarasvat, and possibly the citpavan, all were the Kuru-Pancal bramhan. Inclusion of sarasvat in this list seems to be an aberration. Sarasvat parted ways with the Kuru-Pancal bramhan very early; even before the latter …

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A collection of wit and darkness

Upamanyu Chatterjee’s first volume of short stories, that includes three pieces written in the 1980s, showcases the trajectory of his writing career Soumya Bhattacharya Three of the 12 long stories that make up this fine collection, Upamanyu Chatterjee’s first, were written in the mid-1980s. The remaining ones were written between 2014 and 2018. Taken together, they showcase the trajectory of …

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Destiny’s Flowers

Kajoli Khanna’s book is about grappling with life’s challenges Simar Bhasin With three interlinked narratives Kajoli Khanna’s Destiny’s Flowers is all about dealing with personal battles, both big and small, and coming to terms with the challenges life throws at us. The book opens with Mila, an art restorer who is reeling from the after effects of a violent attack …

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