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The story of Jolpa: A village which saved its history

By Bhavana Akella Jolpa (Rajasthan):In Rajasthan’s stark desert hinterland, Jolpa, a small village inhabited by a poor farming community, has been the home to a uniquely architectured historic temple for more than 800 years. It was only when their iconic temple began to deteriorate that the Jolpa people came together to value its history. The […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Wait for five months before saying 'I love you'

London: New relationships are marked by a series of milestones from the moment you lay eyes on new partner to first kiss, but a new study may have the answer to that all important question — when to utter those three words? The study by dating site Match.com suggests that many Brits would kiss a […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Charkhas on roads, kites in the skies of Gujarat

By Azera Parveen Rahman Vadodara, Jan 10 (IANS) The charkhas (spinning wheels) are out on the roads of Vadodara and the rest of Gujarat, declaring an upcoming colourful revolution in the skies. No, they aren’t spinning cloth but preparing endless lengths of ‘manjha’ (kite strings) with coats of colour, conjuring a visual treat alongside make-shift […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Lessons from Pathankot: History tells us Pakistan Army will play spoiler

By Tarun Basu In a tumultuous fortnight, during which many an illusion was shattered at the turn of the year, some home truths emerged in the chronically accident-prone ties between India and Pakistan. One, contrary to what was speculated, the decision to drop by in Lahore was taken at the spur of the moment by […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Will Nawaz Sharif really book the Pathankot masterminds

By Amitava Mukherjee It is fortunate that the Indian government has reacted with caution and maturity to the terrorist strike at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, the first grave crisis faced by the government led by Narendra Modi. While guesswork and accusations are being bandied around about the involvement of the Pakistan Army […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Delhi's car restrictions may not reduce pollution: Indian-American expert

Bengaluru: The odd-even restrictions for cars being experimented with in New Delhi will not work to improve the national capital’s air quality due to its geographical location and the long-range airmass floating in from north and northwestern India, says an Indian origin US professor who has been analyzing satellite data. The odd/even restriction will be […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
The power grab that shaped modern India?

Title: The Mughal High Noon – The Ascent of Aurangzeb; Author: Srinivas Rao Adige; Publisher: Rupa Publications India; Pages: 185; Price:Rs. 195 They were two years that may have decided the fate of the Mughal empire, and by extension, that of India where it was the paramount power but did the events of 1658-59 when […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
PPPs and India's competitiveness

The report of the Committee on Revising and Revitalizing Public Private Partnership Model of Infrastructure chaired by Dr. Vijay Kelkar has some very crucial points on how to improve the infrastructure development within the country. The report was released on the finance ministry of website last week after being submitted to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Saudi Arabia: The vital factor in the Middle East cauldron

The scenario in the Middle East is changing fast and at the centre of it is neither the United States or the coalition of countries it leads nor Russia but Saudi Arabia, the Wahabbi country which had so long acted as the source and ultimate prop of many Islamist activities in the Arab world. Continuous […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Aamir Khusro
India's first Renaissance Man and his verse

Much before the term “Renaissance Man” came into vogue, he was one in what eventually became India. A prolific poet, historian and writer, he also introduced two music forms – ghazal and qawwali – popular to this day, is credited with developing two styles of classical music – khayal and tarana – as well as […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
A State in denial
A diagnosis of India-Pakistan's ills, and a prescription

Title: A State in Denial – Pakistan’s Misguided and Dangerous Crusade; Author: B.G.Verghese; Publisher: Rupa Publications India; Pages: 240; Price:Rs. 500 What lies at the root of Pakistan’s persistent animus against its larger, eastern neighbour? Was it rancour over the process of Partition and the territorial division, over Kashmir, the division of river waters, the […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Storytelling in Kashmir: An art allowed to die unsung

Srinagar: Winter in Kashmir has not always been a period of bone-chilling cold and misery. It has also been the magical backdrop to the unending narrative of traditional storytellers in the past that would transport the young and the old to fairylands of princes, princesses, demons, djinns, mythical birds and wooden horses that could fly. […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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The forgotten war that gave us J&K

The 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war was observed in a befitting manner by the defence forces this year. Six years from now it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war which most likely will be celebrated on a much bigger scale as it was the country’s greatest military victory ever. Unfortunately, […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Regional cuisine, healthy foods, Maggi ruled the gastronomic world

New Delhi: The year just ending has been a gastronomic delight for food lovers. Food festivals, street food, regional cuisine, TV food shows, pubs, cafes and the year-ending blessing – the return of Maggi. It’s been a ‘foodilicious’ year! Several cookery shows and competitions emerged, with the ‘Masterchef’ series remaining the favourite. The Australian edition […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
The insensitivity epidemic

My friend watched the dinosaur movie “Jurassic World” in front of her pet bird so that the creature could remember when his kind ruled the earth. She was trying to be nice but I thought it was horribly insensitive. The same friend once told me that she thought I was as “dumb as a box […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021