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Dogs and the good life in China

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Dogs and the good life in China

The good news for dogs in China is, that they are less likely to be eaten, if some rich person keeps them as pets. The growth in the middle class, a massive move to urbanization and other demographic changes – such as growing numbers of elderly, and people getting married and having children later than […]

Signs of the Times should shape new Teaching priorirties

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Signs of the Times should shape new Teaching priorirties

Teachers keep doing certain things in school because we think they are good for the children we teach, and sometimes simply because we have “always done it”. For example, should we continue to teach young children how to use a dictionary? The dictionary in the book form is on its way out – the Encyclopaedia […]

Modi should have said Gandhiji was anti-Gujarati!!

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Modi should have said Gandhiji was anti-Gujarati!!

Did Gandhi too let down Gujaratis? (Soroor Ahmed wrote this piece for The Chronicle, we reproduce it here as our Pick of theWeek article) While speaking at Gujarat Gaurav Sammelan on October 16 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, perhaps inadvertently, forgot to mention the name of one person who ‘conspired’, more than anyone else, against the […]

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ separates Men from Boys

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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ separates Men from Boys

One singer currently holds 16 places on the BBC’s Top 20 this week. Guess who? Ed Sheeran has just broken a truckload of records with his latest album ÷ (Divide). In its first week it outsold the rest of the top 500 combined and became the fastest-selling album ever by a male artist. Ed is […]

What is ‘Lent’ all about?

What is ‘Lent’ all about?

Lent is the annual period of Christian observance that precedes Easter. The dates of Lent are defined by the date of Easter, which is a moveable feast, meaning that it falls on a different date each year. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and its observance (although not its liturgical period, as Sundays are not fast […]

Man dies rather than succumb to ‘Ghar Wapsi’ pressure

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Man dies rather than succumb to ‘Ghar Wapsi’ pressure

It is no secret that serious moves are afoot by the right-wing forces in  BJP ruled states to harass and intimidate religious minority groups. The pattern is  bullying and intimidation with large mobs of men overpowering a few Christians and then letting loose all sorts of threats and violence. The police turn a blind eye to […]

Female Genital Mutilation and us

Female Genital Mutilation and us

Female genital mutilation (FGM) When I first came across this term “Female genital mutilation” I didn’t really know what it actually meant. But after reading about what it means and how it’s still being practised in India I had this immediate urge of writing my thoughts down and being a helping hand in spreading more […]

Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

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Howzatt? : Breakfast unhealthiest meal in India says study

Boy Shakira reacts to a news report in  our new series; Howzatt? New Delhi: Dismissing the old adage of breakfast being the healthiest meal of the day, a new study noted that it is in fact the unhealthiest meal in India, reports PTI (1 Feb). Really? Do you mean middle class India, rural India, or […]

Apathetic Society Shames Us: Meghalaya Times Editor on sex scandal

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Apathetic Society Shames Us: Meghalaya Times Editor on sex scandal

What is happening to Meghalaya? How can Khasi society keep silent? Why didn’t the police book the whole lot of ‘perverts’ under POSCO?  Meghalaya Times Editor Thomas Lim expresses his anguish: The shameful act where a 14 year old girl was sexually assaulted by at least 13 persons, including a legislator and a 66 years […]

2016: Vinyl records sales up 53% in UK

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2016: Vinyl records sales up 53% in UK

Oh, the record player is back with a bang, and the good old LP is making a comeback. Vinyl sales topped three million last year, the highest UK total in 25 years. Vinyl record sales are booming in the UK again because they help build a more personal connection to the music, a Kiwi researcher […]

Brush with Childhood on a Train

Brush with Childhood on a Train

I stand on the crowded metro platform impatiently waiting for my metro train after a day’s hectic work. It would take an hour and half to reach my home and so I make sure I’m well equipped for the journey: Sidney Sheldon’s ‘Rage of Angels’ and my earphones. The train arrives and I manage to […]

Farewell Princess Lea!

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Farewell Princess Lea!

Star Wars fans all over the world spared more than a moment or two today to reflect on the legacy of Princess Leia …. Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars,” has died (Dec.27) She was 60. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman […]

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