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The Chronicler of Sadness: A review of Jayanti Naik’s ‘Aart’

Augusto Pinto Sahitya Akademi Award-winner Jayanti Naik (hereafter Jayanti) is one of the most prolific Goan authors of today, having on average published a book a year for the last 40 years. Her oeuvre consists on the one hand of studies and collections of Goan folk song, literature and lore; and on the other, various genres of literature from poetry …

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To be young, gifted, and black

Luis Dias A twelve-year-old little girl, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, from a poor family but whose prodigious ability at the piano had already been discovered years earlier in her local church, is on-stage, about to make her concert debut with a solo recital. Her proud parents are seated in the front row. Suddenly, this idyllic picture goes terribly wrong. Eunice watches …

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Details of Apple iPhone 11 leaked

Apple formally announced September 10 as the date at its Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino. The company is set to introduce its latest smartphone series, dubbed as iPhone 11. Apple is expected to continue the tradition of launching three models this year with new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro. Ahead of the official launch, Chinese website …

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In India, women are far less active then men

Sanchita Sharma People are not active enough worldwide, and Indians even less so. Less than 10 per cent adults in India meet the World Health Organisation-recommended at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity through the week, according to an ongoing pan-India study across 25 states by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. The study, …

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Manasi Joshi: a para-badminton world champion

Sayan Ghosh The story of Manasi Joshi is that of pure grit and determination. After losing her left leg in an accident in 2011, Manasi took up badminton as a way to stay fit. Although she started playing the sport at a young age, it was not something that she perceived as a profession. She was working as a software engineer and …

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Disabled by the system but not by spirit

Mahavir Rawat On August 14 when the nation was gearing to celebrate its 73rd Independence Day, 16 physically disabled cricket players helped the tricolour fly high on the land of the Queen. India defeated host England by 36 runs to lift the inaugural Disability World Cricket Series T20. It was not only a victory over the four other teams (England, …

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Ghosts busted

Some of Bollywood’s scariest spooks remain anonymous. After hours of literally hanging or crawling around, under masks and prosthetics, few even know it was them. Take a look at what it’s like to play the bhoot in Bollywood Madhusree Ghosh Would you want to hang from a harness all night? Be drenched in water and tied to a tree? Have …

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The radio star is still shining bright

Luis Dias The radio played a very important part in my growing-up years. Apart from the local radio stations, there was a world out there that could be explored just through this medium. There was the Saturday Date programme on AIR Bombay, which was a lovely way to unwind over the weekend. And of course, many of you will remember …

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Soul searching

Thubten Samphel The brilliance of new China’s leaders in pursuing their hard-nosed strategic objectives in Tibet was to weave a plausible narrative of ‘liberation’ around what was an outright invasion of the country. The other twist in the narrative was to force Lhasa to sign the 17-Point Agreement in 1951 in which Tibet promised to “return voluntarily to the lap …

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Present Perfect: How to create a wish list that counts

Present Perfect: How to create a wish list that counts Anesha George At Aditi Mehta’s wedding five years ago, she received 30 casserole dishes and 40 framed images of Ganesha. “I either re-gifted them or just gave them away,” says the 35-year-old. For a country that loves gifting — weddings, Diwali, Eid, Christmas, birthdays, friend’s engagement, housewarmings, cousin’s engagement — …

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