A Pressing Day’s work

A Pressing Day’s work

Patna has grown from a simple city to almost a metro. With the rise in population, new buildings, more cars, more offices and shopping complexes, life has also become very fast and complicated. In the shadow of the high rise apartments, you may see a man and his thela or moving cart. On this cart […]

Will PM Modi muzzle CM Motor-Mouth?

Will PM Modi muzzle CM Motor-Mouth?

A month earlier, the Central body of Bharatiya Janata Party were all praise for the Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb. The party had even compared him of having the charisma of Bollywood actor, but due to his controversial remarks back to back within the first month of his government, has compelled the Prime Minister, […]

Pakistan’s urban growth : Bane or boon?

Pakistan’s urban growth : Bane or boon?

Urbanization is a process whereby populations move from rural to urban area. World’s urban population increased fourfold during 1950-2003 while rural population increased less than double. From Indus valley through Mughal era and to British rule, the Indian subcontinent experienced several stages of its urbanization process.  Pakistan is urbanizing at 3% annual rate, the  fastest […]

World Health Day

World Health Day

There is a common phrase ‘Health is Wealth’.  Health is the first priority of one’s life. It is a subject of major importance. It needs awareness and concern. Catering this subject in 1948 the WHO (World Health Organization) held the first world health day. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year as […]

This was a life: Patrick John

This was a life: Patrick John

  It is with a heavy heart that I bid goodbye to Mr Patrick John. For many years, he was my landlord, as I had rented the flat above him at 21 New Patliputra Colony. But more than that, he was family. Soft spoken, considerate, and well versed in the history of the Catholic Church, […]

Dogs and the good life in China

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

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!!

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

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

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 […]

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