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Ashoka Laughed At The Same Joke

Ashoka Laughed At The Same Joke

10 Time Pieces, A whistle Stop Tour Of Ancient India By Nayanjot Lahiri Hachette | Pages: 165 | Rs. 399 It is rarely—once in a very long time—that a slender book comes along and startles you out of your reverie with a tale told so simply that you are filled ...

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Bedis’ Presence In Kashmir Contributed To Radical Turn In National Conference, Says Author Andrew Whitehead

Bedis' Presence In Kashmir Contributed To Radical Turn In National Conference, Says Author Andrew Whitehead

When an English woman Freda Bedi and her Punjabi husband Baba Pyare Lal (B.P.L) Bedi, travelled to Kashmir in 1930s to get relief from the scorching heat of Lahore, the husband and wife got involved in the progressive nationalist movement in the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the ...

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Merging philosophy with fantasy | Zara’s Witness

Merging philosophy with fantasy | Zara's Witness

Spiritual enlightenment is a long and difficult journey, threaded through much existential suffering. People take recourse to religion, psychotherapy, even pseudoscience in order to come to a deeper understanding of the self. Innumerable self-help guides educate readers on how to carve one’s place in the world, infuse one’s life with ...

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Journalism’s advocate | Business Standard News

Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts

For many Americans, the greatest reason to cheer during the sleepy, low-scoring game that was Super Bowl LIII was not the Patriots’ victory. In certain circles, it was the highly anticipated, multimillion-dollar commercial produced by the Washington Post, featuring the voice of Tom Hanks and heroic footage ...

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Misfits Before Mosul

Calcutta In Dark Sci

The Runaways By Fatima Bhutto Viking | Pages: 422 | Rs. 599 As Monty and Sunny, two of the three main characters in The Runaways, wait endles­sly in the middle of the blistering Iraqi desert after days of a long march, a sense of uncertainty grips the two young jehadi ...

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Review: A Stranger Truth by Ashok Alexander | books | reviews

Review: A Stranger Truth by Ashok Alexander | books | reviews

320pp, Rs 699 Diseases change people. Smallpox marks you forever; diarrhoea can ruin your social life; polio alters the way you walk for good. But in my years of working in health communication, the only disease I have come across that changes you even before you are infected is AIDS. ...

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Review: Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale | books | reviews

Review: Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale | books | reviews

311pp, Rs 599; Westland To say Amrita Mahale’s debut novel is set in Mumbai circa 1997 is only partially correct. Written in a series of flashbacks, Mahale’s Milk Teeth is an interesting exploration of our recent past. The 90s, post-liberalisation, many remember those years as India’s glory days. Satellite television ...

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Review: India’s New Capitalists by Harish Damodaran | books | reviews

Review: India’s New Capitalists by Harish Damodaran | books | reviews

425pp, Rs 500; Hachette This book has a promising title and describes itself on the cover rather grandly as “the first serious study of Indian business in the period since Independence.” The title page carries a subtitle: Caste, Business and Industry in a Modern Nation that doesn’t appear on the ...

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First Poems – Frontline

First Poems - Frontline

SHE had made every possible effort to achieve wisdom. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa once said that those who wept continuously for three days would see God. So, although it was impossible for her to weep incessantly (for how could anything be pursued continuously in a house where they did not have a ...

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‘We need to speak up. These are critical times’

‘We need to speak up. These are critical times’

IN 1975, Nayantara Sahgal took to the streets to protest against the Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, her cousin. She did not shy away from joining Jayaprakash Narayan as he sought restoration of democracy and the Constitution. As the freedom of speech and expression was curbed, she did ...

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