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Real heroes: India’s para-cyclists

Ajai Masand Heavy rain overnight had turned the forest trails into rivulets. An eight-member Border Security Force (BSF) patrol party was scouring the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir for intruders. It was 10 a.m. on November 30, 2012. Soggy and shivering, they trudged through the thick foliage along the Line of Control (LoC). Constable Harinder Singh …

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An egg a day can increase your bad cholesterol

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Cholesterol is a fat-like substance which is produced by your body (75 per cent by your liver), and also comes from the food you eat. It is present in every body cell and is important in digesting foods, generating vitamin D, building cell walls, and producing some hormones. While it is needed for good health, too much …

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The trust in Modi

Karan Thapar Last week, in a surprise decision, the Prime Minister created two new cabinet committees: one to tackle investment and growth; and the other to handle employment and skill development. Both will be headed by him. This is the first official acknowledgement that the economy faces serious problems. Others were aware of this, but during the elections, the government, at …

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Boys in Blue impress at the recently concluded King’s Cup

Derrick Pereira The performance of the Indian football team at the recently concluded King’s Cup in Thailand has evoked a lot of different emotions within me. Starting off, I would like to say it was refreshing to see us build from the back and pass the ball around. The new style was evident and I would say kudos to Stimac …

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An ode to a great cello teacher

Luis Dias Murphy’s Law certainly applied to Cristina Fernández de Simón de la Cruz as far as her flights into and out of Goa were concerned: Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. To start with, her luggage got left behind in Paris, so she arrived at our doorstep with just the clothes she was wearing, and a fresh top …

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The bead story and the rise of Kathiyavad

TENSING RODRIGUES The early sprouts of urbanisation in Kathiyavad around 4,000 BCE, lasted for just about 800 years; by 3,200 BCE Kathiyavad almost vanished from the map; and then it reappeared 700 years later, as a full blown urban agglomeration. What could have happened? There are essentially two questions that we need to investigate into: What caused its urbanisation around …

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The enduring journey of the travel guidebook

Manoj Sharma When Aditya Gupta, a Gurugram-based IT professional, left for Istanbul, he carried along a brand new copy of Lonely Planet travel guide. It was the twelfth travel guidebook he had bought in the last four years, and all of them, now dog-eared with yellow notes popping out of them, are stacked on a bookshelf at his house. “These …

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Tumultuous times in the east

Dhrubo Jyoti My first meeting with Manoranjan Byapari was by accident, on the sidelines of a meeting convened in Kolkata five years ago. Byapari’s fiery tongue was sheathed in an affable personality and I only realised he was the writer everyone was talking about when he handed me one of his books from a large bag. In those days, the …

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The era of podcasts is here

Anesha George What’s the most tuneless thing you’ve listened to lately on a music-streaming app? For some, the answer is Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ (don’t argue), but for a lot of users… it’s podcasts. As more apps crowd the music-streaming market, homegrown players are finding themselves competing with global giants, and in order to stand out, they’re doing two things — …

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Amazon Alexa will soon speak Hindi

India is a key growth market for Alexa’s global team at Amazon and witnessing the potential, the team is working to introduce more regional language capabilities in the voice-based assistant that has stormed the living rooms in the country. Though the smart speaker is a relatively young product in India, voice assistants like Alexa in smart devices are gaining immense …

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