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Time for a change by Shashi Tharoor

Time for a change by Shashi Tharoor Back in 1974, as a teenage collegian, I spent a summer holiday at the tea estate of a classmate’s father near Jorhat in Assam. One of the first things I discovered during that idyllic escape was that I had to reset my watch to “tea time”, an imaginary […]

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The shadow of the past by Keki Daruwalla

The shadow of the past by Keki Daruwalla The past is destiny in a way. The past also embodies the concept of determinism, something that cramps elbow room, free will of the present. In politics, the past in many ways sows the present. The future, shall we say, reaps.

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Modi Tries Hard, But Foreign Policy Needs More Substance by Shashi Tharoor

Modi Tries Hard, But Foreign Policy Needs More Substance by Shashi Tharoor As Chairman of Parliament’s External Affairs Committee, I have always proudly articulated our tradition that political differences stop at the water’s edge – there isn’t a Congress foreign policy or a BJP foreign policy, only Indian foreign policy. Yet I can’t help feeling […]

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Mumbai Diary by Anil Dharker

  One of the late R K Laxman`s best ‘You Said It’ cartoons featured the city`s favourite subject, its roads. Laxman`s befuddled Common Man, umbrella in hand, glasses in place, is peering into a large pothole. Inside has fallen a Maruti 800. There are people in Mumbai who go around the city taking an annual […]

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School’s out, what should our children do? by Manu Joseph

School’s out, what should our children do? by Manu Joseph As children spend summer vacations preparing for the serious business of life, are they losing their ability to practise boredom? In the summers, city children are made to undertake so many recreational activities, it is as though they are inmates of Tihar jail. They learn […]

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Aishwaryaa on the apple box… by Shobhaa De

Aishwaryaa on the apple box… by Shobhaa De A ravishingly beautiful young woman  with fresh mehendi  drying on her palms, walked upto me at a high profile wedding in Udaipur recently, and whispered, “I am Aishwaryaa…!” It took a while to click. She wanted to take a picture . I assumed she was the bride’s  […]

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The Last Bastion of a Profitable Press by Shashi Tharoor

The Last Bastion of a Profitable Press by Shashi Tharoor NEW DELHI – Around the world, newspapers seem to be facing imminent extinction, as a mass exodus to the Internet causes their circulation to slump and their advertising revenue to collapse. But not in India. In the West, young people have largely dispensed with the […]

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Is the future of design industry collaborative? by Aparna Piramal Raje

Is the future of design industry collaborative? by Aparna Piramal Raje The emerging trend of multidisciplinary collaborations provides opportunities to innovate through unconventional means.

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Japan’s Greatest Novelist by Chandrahas Choudhury

Japan’s Greatest Novelist Junichiro Tanizaki’s “The Maids” presents a servants’-eye view of upper-class life. By Chandrahas Choudhury   Novels, like life, tend not to take much notice of maids. In most novels domestics serve only to open and close doors, make meals, or assist with the toilette of those who have attained true selfhood. At best, […]

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Lessons I have learned post 40 – The stretch that transformed perspective by Gauri Sinh

Lessons I have learned post 40 – The stretch that transformed perspective by Gauri Sinh Stepping out of one’s comfort zone, especially post 40, is no doubt stressful. But sometimes, going beyond boundaries, as my experience with Teach For India taught me, can bring mind-broadening revelations   “What’s your name,” the little girl asked me, […]

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A year of reading Adam Smith by Chandrahas Choudhury

A year of reading Adam Smith by Chandrahas Choudhury The founding father of liberal economics was also a brilliant philosopher, historian and prose stylist. After many months spent in his company, the reader learns of a very different Adam Smith from the one he thought he knew.     The flight lounge was Kuala Lumpur, […]

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