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Month: January 2016

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  • More than wonted warmth

    More than wonted warmth

    Last week’s Republic-Day "At Home" by President Pranab Mukherjee turned out to be more than the wonted warm event. The balmy weather, with the winter sun showering the Mugual Gardens with its soothing rays, was a welcome bonus the weather god had ordered for the late afternoon. This had obviously prompted invitees to attend the …

    January 31, 2016
  • Anti-corrupt?

    Anti-corrupt?

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dream of a corruption-free state may be quite far right now. However, his campaign seems to have had some impact, a colleague narrated. She noticed the other day a motorist, who had been hauled up by a traffic policeman, arguing desperately to be let off. When the cop remained immune …

    January 31, 2016
  • Value for money

    Value for money

    One often wonders what men with sparse hair on their heads do at the barbers. A colleague found out much to her amusement when an acquaintance turned up with a differently styled beard. Knowing his penchant for styling his beard, our friend ribbed him only to get a jocular response: "Well, it hurts me to …

    January 31, 2016
  • Pathetic humans

    Pathetic humans

    Dog breeders are notorious for their callous attitude towards dogs, exploiting them for the money they generate. Once a dog’s (male or female) productive life is over or it falls ill, breeders are known to dump them in various parts of the city. It is not rare to spot some good breeds roaming the streets …

    January 31, 2016
  • Challan money

    Challan money

    The odd-even car number exercise threw up quite a few innovative ideas, though most were not so practical. A colleague narrated how a friend, whose marriage anniversary fell on a "wrong" day had to take into account the fine he would have to pay. Since he had promised his wife he would take her out …

    January 31, 2016
  • Requiem for steam engines

    Requiem for steam engines

    With steam engines making way for diesel and electric locomotives, one misses the eerie whistle in the night that sometime woke up sleepers even in places far away from railway stations. It reassured many that there was activity past midnight, with trains hurtling in the dark to distant destinations and with passengers half-asleep and hardly …

    January 31, 2016
  • Netanyahu warns Gaza militants against attacking

    Netanyahu warns Gaza militants against attacking

    Netanyahu warns Gaza militants against attacking

    January 31, 2016
  • Ontario premier on India visit to boost trade

    Ontario premier on India visit to boost trade

    Ontario premier on India visit to boost trade

    January 31, 2016
  • Joys of childhood

    Joys of childhood

    There is a gulf of difference between reading Tagore writing about his own childhood and listening to Soumitra Chatterjee reading from the original text. The veteran actor&’s reading brings a thrill only because he is capable of adding his tonal variations to the narrative recorded, by the poet&’s own confession, in simple language. That is …

    January 31, 2016
  • Intimate theatre

    Intimate theatre

    Theatre is an art that can be used as a tool for social awareness rather than straying into the realm of commercial ideas. That is what committed stalwarts like Badal Sircar believed when he invented the device of taking theatre to the streets. Fortunately, while the pattern of social interactions has changed over the years, …

    January 31, 2016
  • ”Centre must make assurances on alliance agenda”

    ”Centre must make assurances on alliance agenda”

    ''Centre must make assurances on alliance agenda''

    January 31, 2016
  • Art of togetherness

    Art of togetherness

    Artists are picked up from all over India and transported to exotic locations where they would be asked to express themselves on canvas while relishing the atmosphere of a picnic. The organiser grabbed a painting or two as a bargain. This was the trend till a few years ago till the art market began to …

    January 31, 2016
  • Sufi sutra

    Sufi sutra

    Come Friday, the grounds of Nandan and Rabindra Sadan will come alive to the music of peace that is part of a three day Sufi Sutra festival. In the backdrop of unrest and violence in diferent parts of the globe, Indian folk artists will interact with their counterparts all over the world with a keynote …

    January 31, 2016
  • A pioneer

    A pioneer

    Widowhood was ‘coerced celibacy’,defined a stalwart of the historic Bengal Renaissance in a solidly-argued write-up in The Calcutta Review in 1855. The author was a member of Derozio&’s Young Bengal group- Peary Chand Mitra. It was significant as a year later The Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act, 1856 came into effect. Needless to say, Mitra was …

    January 31, 2016
  • Rijiju visits Indo-Pak border, Jallianwala Bagh

    Rijiju visits Indo-Pak border, Jallianwala Bagh

    Rijiju visits Indo-Pak border, Jallianwala Bagh

    January 31, 2016
  • Food for thought

    Food for thought

    Food for thought

    January 31, 2016
  • Congress protests against ‘pathetic’ conditions

    Congress protests against ‘pathetic’ conditions

    Congress protests against ‘pathetic’ conditions

    January 31, 2016