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In a novel where Foucault is quoted in love letters, it's the quiet reader who is finally celebrate Rheea Mukherjee's debut novel The Body Myth is an ambitious, emotionally rich story that explores love, illness, family and philosophy. The protagonis
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Out of Order
Set in the late 20th century and early 21st century Pune, Avni Doshi's debut novel, Girl In White Cotton, follows the story of Antara who spends four years as a young child in an ashram with her mother, Tara. Tara leaves behind her stifling life as a
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Their Inheritance Of Loss
How many women do we know, or have we heard of, who are named Draupadi? The name of the one epic female character in India's greatest epic finds no takers, whereas Karan-Arjuna-Krishna sprout like weeds, says Niki Nalwa, while talking to her grandmot
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Of Verse as Worship
Somewhere between the sixth and eighth centuries, the Indian subcontinent witnessed a shift in spiritual weather. This was the birth of bhakti: an appetite for the divine that cuts across caste, class, region, language, and gender. In an ethos of gro
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Cross-Border Spiritualism
Annie Ali Khan offers us a most strange and wondrous book wherein she travels to various shrines in and around Karachi, both Muslim and Hindu. She draws our attention, for example, to the strongly rooted worship of Durga in Hinglaj, Balochistan. The
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Music| The Quiet Maestra
Bombay Jayashri-Ramnath, a Carnatic classical vocalist who has dabbled and experimented with genres aplenty, was awarded the Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna Puraskaram in August. A few days later, she was invited to hoist the flag on Independence Day
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Life Beyond The Gully
After a yearlong hiatus, Naezy re-emerged in February to promote Gully Boy, the film loosely based on his life. Since then, he has released over half-a-dozen singles and has plans to put out at least half-a-dozen more. The Hindi and Urdu rapper, born
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Luxe Living| Luxury Brand Management
Those looking for a career in luxury brand management need good communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. With India now home to several international luxury fashion, lifestyle and technology labels, luxury brand management is an emerging
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Cinema| Going Where No One Has
Even after 12 years in Mumbai's show business, writer-director Navdeep Singh sees himself as a bit of an outlier. It reflects in my stories, says Singh, who has made three films, including the noir Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) and the thriller NH10
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For The Constant Gardeners
1. HEIGHTS OF DRAMA Simple yet elegant, this oval shaped planter from Isaaka is ideal for succulent plants and comes in three colours. TIP The stand with an iron base and gold finish makes it perfect for table and desk tops. PRICE Rs 999 AT www.isaak
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Palate Pleaser| Food Flavourist
Flavour is determined by the senses of taste and smell. It is an essential parameter of edible consumer products, especially since food flavours are affected during processing and need to be managed via additives. Food science includes chemistry, bio
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Stand Out Designs
1. LET THERE BE LIGHT Called Estrella, this modern light is from TISVA. The design uses glass blowing technique to mould Murano glass. TIP Perfect as a centrepiece. PRICE Rs 5.79 lakh AT www.lightsbytisva.com 2. HAVE YOUR CAKE Decorative cake and ser
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Creature Comfort| Animal protection
The disappearance of flora and fauna due to global warming and climate change brings forth the need for human involvement in sectors related to the improvement of life on earth. Working for the betterment of animals is a growing career opportunity th
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A Feast For The Eyes
1. IN FULL BLOOM The Indian Marigold collection from Kika Tableware is a tribute to the marigold flower, decorated with 24 carat gold accents. TIP Style this range with white, gold and a touch of dark green. PRICE Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 AT www.kikatablew
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Glasshouse
No Nyay for team Rahul News of Abhijit Banerjee getting the Nobel for economics came as a shot in the arm for Team Rahul. Banerjee was one of the economists Rahul had consulted while formulating his minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyay. Rahul had be
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I’m A Natural Born Storyteller
With the world rights for Shobhaa De's next novel having just been acquired, the author says writing for her is a drug. Q. What is the secret sauce for sustaining a long and successful writing career One of these days I am going to bottle and market
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The Dorian Gray of Penal Provisions
It is a disturbing sign of our times when a new book on sedition law in India feels like it needs to be updated upon its release. This is especially chilling given that the book begins with a case as late as June 2018 where a group of eight people (i
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Makeover On A Budget
SHOP WITHIN YOUR HOME Use dupattas for drapes and shawls for sofa throws. The idea is to shop within your home instead of buying from stores. Once you do this, you'll realise you already own all the beautiful things you need to make your home ready f
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The Week In Social Media
Bengali Jingoism Filled with vicarious pride over the Nobel Prize in economics being awarded to Abhijit Banerjee alongside fellow economist and his wife, Esther Duflo, and Harvard professor Michael Kremer for their pioneering work in furthering our u
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Idea Box
Want to dress your space for a modern, understated and minimal Diwali? Take cues from global styles and quintessential Indian elements for a festival-ready home that blends the old with the new in a moody mix. Here's what you need to do. INSPIRED BY
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Celebrate In Style
From over-the-top dinnerware to dramatic linens and party favours, today entertaining goes well beyond food. Having a well thought out plan for the festivities will not only help you to manage your budget but also enhance the 'wow worthy' elements us
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Glasshouse
Evasive Manoeuvres Prime Minister Narendra Modi's informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Mahabalipuram has seen the Indian Army downplay a major theatre-level war exercise in Arunachal Pradesh. This happened after the Chinese side raise
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No Right To Information? | Kashmir
Since August 5, the lively newsrooms of Srinagar have fallen silent. Instead, reporters and editors queue up at the grim, government-controlled 'media facilitation centre' housed in a hotel in the city's Sonawar neighbourhood. The spacious, carpeted
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No Holds Barred | Vinesh Phogat Q&A
Q. From that injury at the Rio Olympics in 2016 to qualifying for Tokyo, what's the journey been like? It was harder for me to recover mentally than physically. The 2-3 months post-injury were tough. I would be in tears every day, a lot of pent up an
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Das Has Capital | Jharkhand
Having spearheaded the BJP-led NDA's 12/14 seats dominance in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Jhar足khand, Chief Minister Raghubar Das believes he has set the tone for the coming assembly election. The "ext足remely positive feedback" during his statewid
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Long-Distance Sportsmanship | Ultrarunning
To finish a marathon, you'd have to run all of 42.195 km. While this can be daunting for most, the distance is now passĂŠ for some. In ultrarunning, the definition of endurance has been stretched to new extremes. In August, three ultrarunners set a n
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The Son Rise | Bihar
On September 24, when Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan made son Chirag Paswan, 36, party in-charge of home base Bihar (the party won all six Lok Sabha seats it contested in 2019), the decision seemed par for the cou
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Cueing the Other In
If you ask cueist Aditya Mehta, he's likely to say it's a match made in heaven. On the four occasions he's teamed up with Pankaj Advani at international events, the duo has returned triumphant, the latest being the IBSF World Team Snooker Championshi
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Going Down Under | Bihar
The city of Patna, capital of Bihar, recei­ved over 345 mm rainfall in three days beginning September 27. With almost 80 per cent of the city under water, Patna city resembled a marooned civilisation, with abandoned cars submerged in several feet of
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Novel Inventions
Of all the revelations in Padma Lakshmi's memoir, Love, Loss, and What We Ate, one was the most surprising. Every year that Salman Rushdie did not win the Nobel Prize for Literature, his petulant moping needed consolation. Given their considered pros
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