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The radio star is still shining bright

Luis Dias The radio played a very important part in my growing-up years. Apart from the local radio stations, there was a world out there that could be explored just through this medium. There was the Saturday Date programme on AIR Bombay, which was a lovely way to unwind over the weekend. And of course, many of you will remember …

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Soul searching

Thubten Samphel The brilliance of new China’s leaders in pursuing their hard-nosed strategic objectives in Tibet was to weave a plausible narrative of ‘liberation’ around what was an outright invasion of the country. The other twist in the narrative was to force Lhasa to sign the 17-Point Agreement in 1951 in which Tibet promised to “return voluntarily to the lap …

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Present Perfect: How to create a wish list that counts

Present Perfect: How to create a wish list that counts Anesha George At Aditi Mehta’s wedding five years ago, she received 30 casserole dishes and 40 framed images of Ganesha. “I either re-gifted them or just gave them away,” says the 35-year-old. For a country that loves gifting — weddings, Diwali, Eid, Christmas, birthdays, friend’s engagement, housewarmings, cousin’s engagement — …

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Dilution of Article 370

Karan Thapar When the Modi government de-operationalised Articles 370 and 35A, and demoted and divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, I was in London to attend my nephew Vikram’s wedding. I felt stunned, but also soon realised I had an opportunity to see how the outside world views this development. There’s no country with a longer association with …

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DXing, QSLs, SINPO, and 73s

Frederick Noronha One generation ago, in our boyhood days, this was something like our secret club. It brought us together with a coded language, and encouraged us to link up with others who shared this odd hobby. We called ourselves DXers. For those who might not be in the know, today it’s easy to find out more about what we …

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The making of the Kathiyavadi Caddi

TENSING RODRIGUES The Silahara inscriptions give a lot of insight into the process of conversion of the economic clout of the kathiyavadi ksatriya into political power. Kharepatan plates of Anantadev I (1995 CE) record the exemption from certain customs duties and other concessions granted by him to two merchants of Balipattan when their ships and sailors entered the North Konkan …

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Leveraging language

Patricia Pereira-Sethi We bandy words about so loosely that they have become bereft of all impact, watered down to the point of total insignificance. One such word is iconic. Just about everyone in the current news headlines has suddenly acquired the tag line iconic, no matter how inconsequential they are to humanity or history. Sociologists contend that only a person …

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Understanding the causes of diseases in India

Sanchita Sharma Infections are common in a country where 1.3 billion people live in close proximity and safe water and sanitation challenges persist, with outbreaks of food borne illnesses and diarrhoea peaking during the monsoons, when flood waters bring faecal contaminants and infecting agents such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms (helminths) into homes and the food chain. Unsafe …

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Ashmita Chaliha: India’s latest badminton sensation

Sandip Sikdar As Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu battle the best at the World Championships in Basel, the quest is on at home to unearth the next rung of players who can follow in their footsteps. Ashmita Chaliha is one of the promising players who is expected to make the grade at the highest level in the next few years. …

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Is an Indian player’s net worth linked to matches played?

Amrit Mathur When batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said MSK Prasad’s selection committee was being ‘bullied’ because of its inexperience he inadvertently put his finger on a very raw nerve. Indian cricket operates on a system where status is linked to number of matches played. The ideology behind this stat-based informal caste system is captured by the question: kitna khela hai? …

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