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The mad, murderous origins of the Oxford English Dictionary

Arnav Das Sharma It took roughly 70 years for the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary to be assembled, and those years saw the meeting of two men who, on the face of it, looked quite similar, but had lived vastly different lives. The story of these two men — James Murray and Dr William Chester Minor — are intertwined …

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The dark world of India’s horror writers

Danish Raza L ast year, 73-year-old Parshuram Sharma, who runs a music institute in Meerut, was fixing the strings of his guitar when Anadi Shubhanand, author and owner of Mumbai-based publishing house, Sooraj Pocket Books, sent him a friend request on Facebook. They exchanged mobile numbers. Over the phone call that followed, Shubhanand asked Sharma how much time he would …

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The all-new toy story

Traditional toys need to change to attract a generation of children exposed early on to the charms of the virtual world. As old favourite Barbie turned 60 last month, a look at the current hits Poulomi Banerjee | Hindustan Times Kuheli Sen, a mother of two, loved dolls as a child. “My prized possession was a dolls house,” she recalls. …

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Shortcut to Middle Earth

Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times Despite the popularity of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ books, the films’ success, pop culture references to rings, second breakfasts and 17 Oscars, JRR Tolkien and large parts of his world remain a mystery. Until now. A biopic on the writer’s early life comes out in May. In 2021, a five-season series set in Middle …

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Why India fails to produce top-level umpires

KHURRAM HABIB News of S Ravi’s likely ouster from the Elite Panel of umpires could send jitters through the community in India and the BCCI which struggled with postings last season due to a lack of personnel. Ravi’s impending exit, after being rated last over the past couple of years, comes on the back of C Shamshuddin losing his place …

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A Spoke in the Wheel

Luis Dias Of all the genres of novel-writing, I have the greatest respect for writers of historical fiction. It is a genre best left untouched before a vast amount of reading and research on the subject and the historical period has been accomplished. In addition, one also has to possess a good imagination to recreate an often-distant past, in some …

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The culture of respect for others

A few days back the following post was seen on social media and it caught my attention because it was related to sports and was penned by a woman. It read thus AUGUSTO RODRIGUES After having read this post , I went to the venue where the Panjim Footballers women team was practicing to participate in the first Indian Women …

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Best smartphones up for grabs

Prajyot Mainkar The Amazon Summer Sale has several offers and discounts on products ranging from smartphones and accessories, cameras, headphones, laptops, Speakers, smartwatches, TVs, etc. As far as smartphones are concerned, Amazon is running several deals and here are our best picks: Realme U1 (ambitious black) with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage has been made available starting at `8,999. The …

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Ant behaviour

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi What is the difference between you and an ant? From making war to making slaves, from inventing medicines to farming, they do it much like humans, only better.  In every dense community, human, mammal, or insect, sanitation is a problem. Of all the creatures that inhabit the earth, man is probably the dirtiest, spreading his poisonous …

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The season of summer cyclones

Nandkumar M Kamat The memories of the 1999 Odisha super cyclone with wind speed exceeding 260 kilometres per hour and leaving ten thousand people dead has not been forgotten. Cyclone Ockhi had killed 200 people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in November-December 2017. Cyclones Gaja and Titli last year had also shown their strange character.The whole world is now monitoring …

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