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No, Not Kashmir Again

By Khushwant Singh

Kashmir has become a boring subject because it is the same story day after day: hartals, stone-pelting, police firings, a few killed... It’s no longer front-page news in any paper. Recently a few new items attracted media attention.

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Go Nuts on Your Diet!

By Dr Kasturi Desai

In this fast world if anything takes a backstage in our life, it is food. Either we have food items which are available easily in the market, the stuff that we refer to as fast food or we have packed food which obviously has many preservatives. Another common habit we have is skipping meals because of work pressure and then overeating at parties over the weekends. Anything in extreme is dangerous.

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AIDS-Where Prevention is Only Cure

By Dr Nandkumar M Kamat

World AIDS Day will be universally celebrated on December 1. According to the 2008 figures released by WHO, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV. An estimated 2.7 million were newly infected with the virus and 2 million died of AIDS the same year.

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The Silent Giant

By Meher Castelino

One of the prettiest cities in Italy is Catania and one of its beauties is the silent giant Mr Etna which erupts occasionally but luckily when we were there it had finished its hot spewing of lava a few months ago. We were of course keen on seeing this wonder which lies silent for years and then suddenly explodes so we drove up the winding road to the top.

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Living the Creative Life

You are a famous artist. Could you tell us how you began painting?

I come from a place which is known for its scenic beauty, music and folk dances - Bandora. So with all these elements, what else could be expected from me but to also be captured by art and theatre.

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When Cricketers Age

By Rahul Bhattacharya

There may be few things as thrilling in sport as the blooming of a new talent, but watching the withering - or not, the big question - is the more absorbing. By this time we’ve had the benefit of familiarity. Cricket is really a family soap set to physical motion, so familiarity is everything. We know character patterns, the back story, the old follies and glories.

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The Legend called Anthony Gonsalves…

By Ramnath N Pai Raikar

The mellifluous songs from Hindi movies dating back to the golden era when melody ruled the celluloid kingdom, namely ‘Jab jab bahar aayi’ from ‘Taqdeer’ (1967), ‘Ek pyar ka nagma hai’ from ‘Shor’ (1972) and ‘Dard-e-dil, Dard-e-jigar’ from ‘Karz’ (1980) have one common thread - the brilliantly composed tunes supported by haunting strains of violin.

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Protective Powers of Jewellery

By Shekher Phadnis

Why do Hindus hang a horseshoe above the front door of their house? Why are babies gifted an iron ring soon after birth? Why do Indians still bury a snake crafted in silver in the compound of a new house before moving in?

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India’s First Aircraft

By Shekher Phadnis

All of us know that the Wright brothers flew the first aircraft in the world in the USA, 107 years ago on December 17, 1903, thus laying down the foundation for the vast airline industry.

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Wooing the Chinese Tourists

By Mário Cabral e Sá

Swapnil Naik, the present director of tourism, rose from nowhere to collector of South Goa, then of North Goa, and cumulatively director of Tourism, a post lying vacant after his predecessor was moved to transport.

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