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By Mário Cabral e Sá
I happen to be writing on my father’s birthday. He was the antithesis of my mother. Theirs certainly was not a love marriage. Eighteen years apart, he was an outgoing man.

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Panchayati Raj: A Reflection

By Tomazinho Cardozo
The principal aim of Panchayati Raj system is to encourage grass-root governments at the village level by the direct involvement of villagers in the administration and decision making. In other words through Panchayati Raj system the villagers themselves plan and execute the development of their areas.

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Battered and Broken

By Marilia Priyanka Fernandes
She scampers around the house like a scared rabbit. Waiting with baited breath for the next round to begin. Praying that it never begins. All it takes is a small spark – the house, the finances, the kids, the food.

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Language that leaves you speechless

By Malay Desai
Sunil Sahasrabudhe is a teacher, living like millions of others in a bourgeois apartment in suburban Mumbai. On routine evenings, his wife Shweta is found chatting away with neighbours while he works on his laptop inside, the sole room lit up by their sprightly daughter Kimaya’s presence.

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Walk in Another’s Shoes

Bill Andrews was a big, awkward, homely guy. He dressed oddly with ill fitting clothes. There were several fellows who thought it smart to make fun of him.

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The Common Cold

By Khushwant Singh
It is rightfully prefixed ‘common’ because despite the great advances made in medical research, we have still not been able to find means to prevent catching cold. It is called common because it afflicts mankind round the globe.

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The Taj Mahal of South India

By Narayani Menon
Built in 1636, at the same time as the Taj Mahal, the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal of Madurai - known as the Taj Mahal of South India was not as lucky as its northern counterpart and today one sees only one fourth of the edifice, which the Nayak Rulers of Madurai built in the years 1636 – 1653. This palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic styles.

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Birth of Synthetic Molecular Biology

By Nandkumar M Kamat
Conventional wisdom evolves by unconventional approaches. A remarkable discovery has been announced last week in the April 20 issue of ‘Science’. It is about artificial syntheses of a new genetic material - a manmade, synthetic substitute for DNA and RNA.

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Is tea the right choice?

By Derek Almeida
Is tea the right choice for a national drink? It is a question bothering many tea and non-tea drinkers. The suggestion was made by Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia and since then India has gone into hyper mode with every second person trying to project his or her choice as an alternative.

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New Central Library A grand reading experience

The 180-year-old Central Library, the oldest public library in India, has moved from its classic and historical building into the long-awaited and much-needed new and spacious building at Patto, next to another important institution, the Goa State Museum. Fitted with the latest technology in library services, it is drawing awesome comments from visitors and readers

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