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What is a writer’s role in an anxiety-ridden world?

April 5, 2020 11:30:47 am

Writer Parvati Sharma on drawing inspiration from Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year and his idea of the writer's life as the writer's duty

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Laura Spinney: ‘We learn from each new outbreak, but not enough’

April 5, 2020 8:01:26 am

The writer and science journalist on the impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu on India and the mostly unchanging response to each new epidemic

ZeeZee Warriors

April 5, 2020 9:18:18 am

In a new speculative short story by writer Manjula Padmanabhan, a video gamer finds a way to fight a pestilence.

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Love in the Time of Corona

April 8, 2020 11:11:25 pm

A new poem by Sudeep Sen meditates on the shape of love in a time of self-isolation.

What to read to counter viral pseudo-scientific information?

April 4, 2020 10:21:41 pm

Books by Richard Dawkins, Jay Griffiths and Tara Westover can help enlighten us about the natural world.

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Viral Trap: Remembering the human stories behind the coronavirus news

April 4, 2020 6:00:54 pm

Even as we're forced to consume news about the pandemic, we must not forget those who don't have our protection and privileges.

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On the joys of room-travel

March 29, 2020 5:59:12 pm

How travel literature, during a lockdown, can teach us to rediscover the familiar spaces that we take for granted.

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Bringing home the holidays

April 6, 2020 11:37:33 am

For families stranded at home, during a lockdown, revisiting vacations past make for the perfect travel recipe.

Why JBS Haldane was one of the finest biologists of the 20th century

March 29, 2020 9:30:40 am

A new biography, A Dominant Character, explores how the British-Indian scientist’s influence remained long after he was gone

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Roberto Benigni: We will always need a fairy tale

March 29, 2020 8:45:54 am

The Italian actor-director on the relevance of Pinocchio even today, and how life, as incomprehensible as it may be, is still beautiful

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Book review: Why Bhagat Singh’s inheritance is a difficult subject to engage with

March 29, 2020 8:30:30 am

A new book, India’s Revolutionary Inheritance, profiles the freedom fighter’s surprisingly mature intellectual legacy.

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Swedish writer Zac O’Yeah, who made India his home decades ago, wonders if this is the end of the road for wanderlust

March 29, 2020 12:46:17 pm

The world and its curious explorers might never be the same again, as the pandemic leads to distrust, xenophobia and the end of learning from each other. But even then, we cannot survive without the kindness of strangers

Cyrus Mistry: ‘Our lives are more deceitful than we admit’

March 29, 2020 7:00:12 am

The writer, whose new book The Prospect of Miracles is his first non-Parsi novel, on exploring the dark side of human relationships

Poet of the Fall: The humane verses of Kashmir’s Madhosh Balhami

March 29, 2020 12:12:18 pm

A new YouTube series spotlights the farmer-poet who lost his life’s work in a crossfire.

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When Tagore accused Gandhi of superstition

March 29, 2020 2:19:39 pm

Mahatma Gandhi had blamed the 1934 Bihar earthquake on ‘divine chastisement’ for the ‘great sin’ of untouchability

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WhatsApp Uncle discovers the downside of social distancing

March 27, 2020 7:56:23 pm

The only good thing that has happened is concern for vulnerable, old people, he says.

In words we trust

March 27, 2020 7:36:58 pm

Poets, writers and graphic novelists offer a reading list for the difficult days of the lockdown.

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How to introduce children to birdwatching

March 27, 2020 7:15:24 pm

Always do it with experts, but prepare for some confusion and questions you can’t answer