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Mandir – Frontline

Mandir - Frontline

IT was a happy day for the people of this small, almost rural town when a pump was installed to supply water to the temple. The town drew its importance from this mandir. People flocked from far and wide to pay obeisance at the shrine. By now, stories of the ...

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Sting operation – Frontline

A spectre haunts Anita Nair’s ambitious new novel. Trapped in a piece of finger bone, the ghost of writer Sreelakshmi, “Kerala’s Virginia Woolf”, has been waiting in a vault for over 50 years when a chance discovery thrusts her into the thick of the 21st century. At a riverside resort ...

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Understanding Great Himalayan National Park and the struggles to save it

Understanding Great Himalayan National Park and the struggles to save it

Five-hundred kilometres away from New Delhi, in the western Himalayas, lies the protected biological region, the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). The park, located in Himachal Pradesh and covering 90,540 hectares, houses two major biogeographic realms—Palearctic realm and the Indomalayan realm. From monsoon forests, alpine meadows to snow-clad mountain ranges ...

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Sita revamped | Book review

Sita revamped | Book review

Sita from the Ramayan is a character that many modern Indian women have problems relating to. Obedient and dutiful, the silent suffering Sita has been moulded in a male’s idea of the ideal Indian woman. Unlike the vengeance seeking Draupadi, she comes across as meek, not questioning her husband on ...

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Anatomy of a nuclear disaster

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Midnight in Chernobyl The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster Adam Higginbotham Simon & Schuster 538 pages; $29.95 The word “Chernobyl” has long been synonymous with the catastrophic reactor explosion of 1986 ...

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Inside-Out The Council

Inside-Out The Council

Legitimacy Of Power By Dilip Sinha Vij Books, India And ICWA | Pages: 332 | Rs. 1,250 Mention the word UN Security Council (UNSC) and the thoughts of most Indians int­erested in international aff­airs turn to questions such as why India is not yet a permanent member of the UNSC ...

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Calcutta In Dark Sci

Calcutta In Dark Sci

The Butterfly Effect By Rajat Chaudhuri Niyogi Books | Pages: 376 | Rs 495 In a dark cityscape that could be anywhere, Captain Old stumbles through the streets on his vintage scooter and is mugged. But he manages to recover in time to meet the train and the person from ...

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Excerpt: Delusional Politics by Hardeep Singh Puri | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Delusional Politics by Hardeep Singh Puri | books | excerpts

Rs 599, 270pp A Family Business – The Indian National Congress …On 16 December 2017, in the lead-up to the State Assembly election in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi, the forty-seven year-old ‘reluctant prince’, assumed charge as the president of the 133-year-old party. He became the sixth member10 of the Nehru–Gandhi family ...

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JLF2019; At the Mahakumbh of literature | books | guest writers

JLF2019; At the Mahakumbh of literature | books | guest writers

Every January, numerous representatives from India’s bourgeoning class of the Inglis-ispikking culchaared converge upon Diggi Palace, venue of the Jaipur Literature Festival, for five days of intense litfesting. This is where Established India — writers, novelists, the rare handsome politician, poets, boyfriends of cousins twice removed of government VIPs, celebrity ...

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Review: Race Course Road by Seema Goswami | books

Review: Race Course Road by Seema Goswami | books

A dead dead prime minister, a divided family, a dirty game of power, a controversy over an arms deal, and a slowly unravelling conspiracy behind the Prime Minister’s assassination: this is what Seema Goswami’s book, Race Course Road, is about. Set in the aftermath of a fictional Prime Minister Birendra ...

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