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Generic drug nightmare in India

Karan Thapar Perhaps because I’m a hypochondriac, I have great faith in medicine. Whenever I pop a pill, I do so in the full confidence it will work. To my horror, I now discover that’s terribly mistaken in the case of many generic drugs and, particularly, those made in India. A large number are actually ineffective and a few even …

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Pets can keep allergies at bay

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi I meet many mothers who won’t let their children walk barefoot in the house or the park, won’t let them touch snails, won’t let them grasp mud or go out in the rains, won’t let them near any animals, and refuse to keep a pet because it might bring in bacteria. Their children wear socks throughout the …

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The ‘struggle’ is not real anymore

Yoshita Rao Sanskrita Bharadwaj Rajat Trehan, 27, had a cushy corporate job in Bengaluru for eight years, but he left it all behind to move to Mumbai, to pursue his passion — acting. Originally from Jamshedpur, Rajat says: “I did it because I didn’t want to ask for any financial assistance from my parents. But this year, I put in …

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The woman who put the first man on the moon

Paramita Ghosh Astronauts are trained to be perfect. They do not make mistakes. Bunkum! Everyone makes mistakes. But because she agreed, in principle, to what her boss was saying, Margaret Hamilton, a programmer in the MIT lab working with NASA on the moon mission, thought no more about creating a code that could kick in, just in case the astronaut …

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Societal divide must end

Shashi Shekhar In a residential area of Delhi, people from two communities suddenly came to loggerheads. What began as a parking dispute took a communal turn. As usual, people gathered at the police station. Initially, it appeared as if the quarrel had been resolved, but this was not so. One side turned it into something much bigger. The consequences were …

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The bitter battle for Muslim women

Lalita Panicker The triple talaq issue is always a favourite during elections with various parties promising to do away with it inviting the usual reaction from the Muslim patriarchy about how it is best to leave matters of faith and tradition alone. It is a script we have seen played out all too often. However, while in the past, the …

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Music as medicine

Luis Dias Think back to the last time you were at a wedding, a party, or a festival. Can you imagine any of these, but without music? Music is literally everywhere we go, even without our realising it. And it affects us, strikes a chord, as it were, in ways that other modalities cannot. Music has been described as one …

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The Moon Celebration Week-II

Nandkumar M Kamat Moon is a dead, barren, lifeless, ugly, totally silent satellite. Nothing moves on its surface because there is no atmosphere, no winds, and hence, no sounds. For a common man looking at photographs of the moon taken by American astronauts the scenario would generate little interest because everything is so dry, dusty, dead. They won’t believe that …

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The search for the first inhabitants of the peninsula

TENSING RODRIGUES Our search for the elusive ‘first Indians’ seems to be taking us too far. As we saw last time, however much we try, a clear picture of the ‘immediate descendants of the early OoA dispersals who evolved entirely within the Indian sub-continent’ does not seem to emerge. Ancient Komkan lay at the centre of the Indian peninsula; who …

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Coaching starts at home

Derrick Pereira Every child kicking a football wants to be Lionel Messi. No boy or girl wants to be otherwise. This is true in all places, including Goa. From playing in the local division to wearing a national team jersey and featuring at the FIFA World Cup, the progression for a player’s career path and a player’s dreams is the …

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