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Review: Ink of Dissent by Damodar Mauzo | books | reviews

Review: Ink of Dissent by Damodar Mauzo | books | reviews

176pp, Rs 200; Goa, 1556 Addressing the overflowing audience at last week’s launch of his first-ever compilation of English writings, Konkani literature’s icon Damodar Mauzo was characteristically self-effacing: “When any book is released in Goa, we usually see about 60 people. Since this one is by me, perhaps 100 could ...

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To the grand old Parsi ladies of the Time & Talents Club | mumbai news

To the grand old Parsi ladies of the Time & Talents Club | mumbai news

Goolu, Siloo, Sheroo, Dolly, Polly, Jeroo, Aloo. These names sound like they come from another world. You could actually imagine all of them sitting around cups of tea, Swiss rolls and banoffee pies or maybe chutney sandwiches and lemonade, cut-glasses covered with doilies, counting out the threads of a silk ...

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Review: Main Shayar Toh Nahin by Rajiv Vijayakar | books | reviews

Review: Main Shayar Toh Nahin by Rajiv Vijayakar | books | reviews

347pp, Rs 499 In popular Indian cinema, lyrics are to music what the heart is to the body; they help in creating a distinctive narrative, some conventions of which have been carried over from the early talkies era. Over the decades, songs have acquired a musical grammar of their own ...

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Review: Strike a Blow To Change The World by Eknath Awad | books | reviews

Review: Strike a Blow To Change The World by Eknath Awad | books | reviews

282pp, Rs 399; Speaking Tiger Author Chimamanda Adichie warned us of the perils of a single story and many have echoed similar concerns before. I often wonder what would we do without translations or how limited our experience of stories and storytelling would be minus the access that translations offer. ...

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The pulse of Indian democracy

The pulse of Indian democracy

IN 1980, two young economists—Prannoy Roy and Ashok Lahiri—predicted that the Congress party would sweep the seventh Lok Sabha election. Psephology, or the study of elections, had a chequered history in India until then. India, with its vast population and hugely diverse cultures, posed a serious challenge for the pollster: ...

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Community and dance – Frontline

Community and dance - Frontline

THE Undoing Dance talks about the traditional Bharatanatyam dancers who were called devadasis (thevar adiyars in Tamil) and their gurus, or nattuvanars as they were known in Tamil, and what happened to them and the art after the Madras Devadasis (Prevention of Dedication) Act was enacted in 1947. Srividya Natarajan ...

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Dollops of information | Book review

Dollops of information | Book review

Kuldip Nayar was a journalist’s journalist—a star reporter who delivered countless scoops. As a columnist for more than four decades and an editor for years, every piece Nayar wrote had something he was most fond of—new information. And, that is why his columns were widely published and read, wrote H.K. ...

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The prosecutor doesn’t rest | Business Standard News

Preet Bharara

Am I the only woman in America who considers Preet Bharara her podcast husband? I am guessing not. His show, “Stay Tuned With Preet,” is a salve, an indulgence, a lifeline: It coasts along not just on the vitality of Mr Bharara’s intelligence (uncommonly useful, given ...

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Where are all the jobs gone?

Where are all the jobs gone?

Finding work has been a challenge in the current economic scenario. The Union government’s efforts to try and suppress the job data numbers of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) for over two years have drawn political flak. For those who are wondering where all the jobs have gone, or could ...

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The land of the lost

The land of the lost

Pureland succeeds at many levels. Firstly, it is a great plot, because many a time fact is truly stranger than fiction. Book: PurelandWriter: Zarrar Said Publication: HarperCollinsPage: 328 pages Price: Rs 599 There was once a scientist who won the Nobel prize for physics but left his country because under ...

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