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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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Amália Rodrigues: The contra-fascista

Luis Dias To many of us in Goa, particularly lovers of fado, Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) is a household name. Her performance at the Kala Academy in June 1990 lives in the memories and hearts of all those fortunate to have been there. What is less well-known about the celebrated fadista is that she was an ardent supporter of the anti-fascist …

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Empowering small businesses in India: Microsoft

Reliance Industries (RIL) in August announced the partnership of its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm with Microsoft in the technology space, including creation on cloud solutions Microsoft is empowering small businesses in India in their Cloud journey with Reliance Jio, the company’s CEO Satya Nadella has said. Reliance Industries (RIL) in August announced partnership of its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm with …

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Moto G8 Plus launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar As per reports, India’s smartphone shipments reached 49 million units in Q3 2019 thanks to pre-Diwali sales, discounts and EMIs on phones and new budget phone launches that drive the interests of the consumers in India. Xiaomi and Samsung continue to top the list in the preferred brand. Xiaomi was the leader of the pack with 26 per …

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Smoking, alcoholism are biggest TB risks in India

SANCHITA SHARMA Under nutrition, alcohol abuse and smoking are the biggest risk factors for tuberculosis (TB) in India, where the infection sickened an estimated 2.69 million people and killed 4,49,000 in 2018, according to World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2019 released this week. While the poor with little or no access to treatment are at highest risk of disease …

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The world of chess has a new champion

He started by observing his sister’s game. Today, 14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa from Chennai has emerged as the world’s best chess player in the Under-18 category Devarchit Varma For a staunchly middle-class and diligent couple in Padi, a suburb in Chennai, Rameshbabu and Nagalakshmi had a challenge that perhaps every parent faces—how to drag their child’s attention away from the television. …

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Ganguly may need Gandhigiri and Dadagiri to make a mark

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has never failed to rule the hearts of cricket lovers and their love and admiration for him has been unmatched. And it still shows Mahavir Rawat “I am Sourav Ganguly. I hope you have not forgotten me,” were the words uttered by Sourav Ganguly in a Coca-Cola campaign in the year 2006 just after he …

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How Bauhaus shaped India

Paramita Ghosh Birthing any new art form is about clearing ground, and building from zero. And German teacher-architect and visionary Walter Gropius did so in the Europe of the 1920s, with the teaching programme he introduced in the Staatliches Bauhaus, a new design school founded just after World War I. Due to its efforts, the house style of the rich …

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Jack Kerouac: On the road to immortality

Navneet Vyasan Born to French-Canadian parents, Jack Kerouac excelled in sports from a very young age. Initially, never interested in literature, Kerouac’s athletic pursuits won him a sports scholarship at Columbia University in the early 1940s. At the same time, Allen Ginsberg, also won a scholarship at Columbia University and then met Lucien Carr. Carr, a well-read academic, was popular …

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