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Inside the wondrous world of writer Vinod Kumar Shukla

February 16, 2020 8:39:04 pm

The pathbreaking Hindi writer and poet, who is now being discovered by English readers and award juries, on failing Hindi tests and writing to become a better human being.

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Howard Jacobson on writing his memoir, ageing and Brexit

February 16, 2020 1:36:40 pm

The British writer on his latest novel, Live a Little, writing a central woman character for the first time, matters of age, and his fears about democracy.

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Why a red-light street in Germany’s Hamburg, remains forbidden for women and hidden from tourists

February 18, 2020 8:01:53 am

A metal gate at the entrance of the Herbertstraße prohibits the entry for men under 18 and women. The sex workers don’t want women around as they see them as potential “competitors”. The barrier protects the sex workers from becoming a tourist attraction.

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TM Krishna interview: ‘Creating art is an act of activism’

February 16, 2020 5:29:51 pm

Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna on his new book, Sebastian and Sons, on mrdangam makers and steering through the tricky terrain of caste politics.

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A young dancer takes a hard look at Bharatanatyam’s burden of caste

February 17, 2020 8:52:21 pm

Nrithya Pillai, a Bharatanatyam dancer from the Isaivellalar community, tries to reclaim her lineage.

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Forwarded as Received: Jolly over AAP winning Delhi? It’s a folly

February 15, 2020 6:34:09 pm

WhatsApp uncle worries about the future of Bharat Mata after ‘Hindutva’s defeat’ in Delhi.

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Down in Jungleland: Life lessons that birdwatching can help you imbibe

February 15, 2020 6:30:10 pm

Part I of a series on what birds can teach us, Schooled by Avians.

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Cappadocia in central Turkey spreads out like a Star Trek setting

February 15, 2020 10:45:54 am

With lunar landscape, churches, open-air museums and surreal volcanic eruptions, the Turkish region holds one under a spell.

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How designer Riten Mozumdar shaped modern Indian aesthetics and sensibilities

February 16, 2020 3:00:37 pm

An exhibition on the designer showcases how he blurred the lines between art, craft and design and used block printing and calligraphy long before other Indian artists mad it fashionable to paint textiles

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Why the libraries on anti-CAA protest sites are essential to their democratic politics

February 14, 2020 7:03:01 pm

The numerous sit-in protests across India against the new citizenship law and the proposed NRC have seen the proliferation of public libraries and reading rooms at these sites.

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Speakeasy: How coronavirus-like outbreaks have shaped human history

February 15, 2020 9:19:07 am

Over the last decade, research in old plague pits in Europe and the UK has tied all three outbreaks to the same pathogen and pinned its origin to China, from where it spread by the Silk Route, and hitched rides on merchant ships.

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Families in Food: A 70-year-old shop in Delhi remains true to its Peshawari roots

February 15, 2020 9:19:17 am

Peshwar Sweet Bhandar at Shankar Road, famous for its gulab jamun, recreates many recipes of its founder Chunni Lal Sahni, who had landed in Delhi as part of the sea of refugees flooding Delhi in 1947.

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Travelling Suitcase: How I found peace in London’s St James Park

February 14, 2020 7:11:19 pm

The oldest and most ornamental of Central London’s royal parks, it had been opened to the public by Charles II who would use it to entertain his guests and mistresses, most notably, the actress Nell Gwynn. It was at this time that the park also became notorious as a site of sexual assignations.

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Anoushka Shankar: ‘I look inwards a lot more than I used to’

February 9, 2020 1:31:50 pm

The sitar player on heartbreak, life after divorce, her new album and a first-time stage collaboration with sister Norah Jones in Pandit Ravi Shankar’s birth centenary.

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How I challenged my parents’ Islamophobia

February 9, 2020 3:10:23 pm

A gentle nudge, a slight push or a small question to your family members can bring along small but steady changes.

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Sunday Long Reads: Of food, films, travel, music, love and Islamophobia

February 9, 2020 2:15:49 pm

What are you reading this Sunday?

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Why a Chinese scholar translated the Upanishads

February 9, 2020 3:12:33 pm

Hu Hsu, the only Chinese man at the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry, spent his life immersed in Indian philosophy and translated Gita, Upanishads and Aurobindo’s works.

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Love in the Time of Protests

February 9, 2020 10:45:58 am

How do we respond to the loss of love and to the wounds inflicted by those who hate and hurt us?

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A new museum is an ode to all things Odia

February 9, 2020 9:00:52 am

Kala Bhoomi in Bhubaneswar brings together the skills of Odisha’s diverse communities.