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Unity in diversity on Pride Rock

Luis Dias If you are a parent of a little child, or if you just love a good musical, chances are that you saw ‘The Lion King’ in its 2019 avatar, this time featuring photo-realistic graphics in 3-D. Many in my family preferred it over the ‘original’, more conventional, 1994 cartoon version. Sometimes the story behind the camera can be …

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Vulnerability in connected cars

A consumer advocacy group has warned that automakers are rolling out new vehicles increasingly vulnerable to hackers, which could result in thousands of deaths in the event of a mass cyberattack. In a new report entitled “Kill Switch: Why Connected Cars Can Be Killing Machines And How To Turn Them Off,” Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog said cars connected to the …

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Why breastfeeding is best feeding

Nandkumar M Kamat Twenty years ago, I had a chat with one of the finest paediatricians in India, professor Bhujanga Rao of Goa Medical College. “I am alarmed by the rising trend of children being born with low weight at birth,” he said, and pointed that about one third (37 per cent) of the newly born in Goa were found …

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Players’ body inadequate in scope

Amrit Mathur Will the players’ association work? The unluckiest dismissal in cricket is a batsman getting run out without facing a ball, at the non-striker’s end while backing up. The new BCCI-approved Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) is doomed to suffer a similar fate. A player association was a long-felt need in India but what we get is a body unrepresentative …

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Shooting silenced at the Commonwealth

Mahavir Rawat Imagine India in place of New Zealand in the recently concluded controversial ICC World Cup final. One thing is for sure; we would not have taken that decision the way the New Zealand cricket team took it. Another thing that is for sure, in my opinion, is that ICC would have found a reason or a rule to …

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Like it? Love it? Just rent it

Rental platforms for clothes and accessories – especially occasion wear – offer an easy way out for cash-strapped professionals Poulomi Banerjee ‘Sex and the City’ the film wasn’t nearly as cool as the series that ran on HBO. But they both did teach us a thing or two about fashion. Take the scene where Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) interviews prospective …

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The triumphant spirit of ISRO

Nandkumar M Kamat Finally, India’s second mission to the moon is right on target. The July 15 launch was aborted just an hour before the ignition. ISRO engineers corrected the fault without dismantling the rocket or shedding the fuel. The problem was related to getting proper pressure in liquid fuel tanks. This ensures continuous flow of fuel to the combustion …

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Looking back

Avantika Mehta 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 and the Internet was introduced. Mahale’s Mumbai is, however, crumbling, dirty and …

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The smartphone as a teaching aid

Luis Dias I’m quite a technophobe (old dog, new tricks) and resisted acquiring a so-called smartphone until 2012. My trusty old phone had begun playing up, I had been invited as part of a music pedagogy delegation to the US and friends advised me that I’d need a smartphone to stay in touch with family and colleagues on WhatsApp (I …

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The story of Nazir Ali

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Jagriti, made in 1954, is remembered today only by those like me, in their mid-70s, who saw it in their childhood, mesmerised by the acting of Abhi Bhattacharjee as the school teacher who takes a group of his student-wards on an all India excursion by train. Abhi-babu sings, during this journey (in Hemant Kumar’s voice), a song penned …

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