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Monday, 22-October-2018

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ANGELS OF HOPE

a week ago
When Rambabu, a 27-year-old who worked in a ration shop in Patna, got to know he was suffering from brain tumor, he was devastated. But his nightmare was compounded when he travelled over a thousand kilometres in that condition to New Delhi for treatment only to find there was a waiting period of six months at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) referral hospital. He could not afford treatment at a private hospital and a wait of six months at AIIMS seemed as good as being on death row. It was in that moment of hopelessness that lawyer and community worker Ashok Agarwal came to his rescue and made him aware...
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BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN OCTOBER

a week ago
International titles by acclaimed authors will once again rule the roost in October, along with a biography of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and a splendid story for children, woven around the life of late President APJ Abdul Kalam. Mohan Bhagwat: Influencer-in-Chief, by Kingshuk Nag With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power at the Centre since 2014, there is growing interest in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is perceived as the power behind the throne. Is this true? How much does RSS influence the government of t...
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CALIFORNIA, USA

8 weeks ago
On his second visit to the United States of America after assuming office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set, as usual, a hectic schedule for himself. The significance of this visit lay, not as much in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, as on his visit to California, where he covered a range of activities over two days.  California gains prominence in the vision that Modi has articulated in view of it being a global hub of information technology and start-ups. These business ventures have a strong presence of Indian Diaspora that Modi wanted to capitalise upon. Prime Minister Modi visited the G...
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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

9 weeks ago
EXCERPTS It is my privilege to meet during the holy period of Navratras, Shakti Upasna and Shuddhi Karan my Indian brothers and sisters, who while living thousands of kilometres away from India, have maintained the respect of their homeland.  You have earned a lot of respect in America by virtue of your social and professional behaviour. Due to your contribution, India has an identity across the world. You all celebrated the results of the parliamentary election, for which I am thankful to you. India has given a clear majority after 30 years. All predictions of opinion makers have been proved ...
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BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN AUGUST

11 weeks ago
With the release of riveting novels such as “Latitudes of Longing” by Shubhangi Swarup and “All The Lives We Never Lived” by Anuradha Roy, the Indian bookshelf has thrown up quite a lot in recent months for fiction lovers to chew upon. But the coming month will bring cheer to readers of biographies and memoirs as a number of offerings from the genre are soon to hit the stands. Not only are these books diverse in their themes and the subjects they explore, but each of these offerings also stand out for the appeal that the subjects may have for most readers. Here are the five books we can’t wait to re...
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BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN JUNE

19 weeks ago
The month gone by was one of many lessons for keen observers of contemporary Indian publishing. Over-hyped books, billed as astute and nuanced accounts like “Cyber Sexy”, turned out to be major disappointments while surprise releases like “The Spy Chronicles” garnered international attention. There was, at the same time, the release of a novel that comes but rarely in our day and age -- Anuradha Roy’s “All The Lives We Never Lived,” and yet just so little hype was created before its release. Then there was Sanjeev Sanyal’s “Life Over Two Beers” and “Daughte...
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ONE MAN MEDIA HOUSE

20 weeks ago
In the world of digital media, he is a ‘one man’ media house. He collects and investigates news, writes them on a tabloid-sized white paper sheet with his own hand, circulates the hand-written single-page newspaper on a bicycle. He also sticks his newspaper as posters on public places or at the houses of the lawmakers to seek justice for victims.  Dinesh Kumar, an ice-cream vendor, writes news on subjects ranging from atrocities against Dalits, poor and downtrodden to women empowerment and burning local issues, mainly crime stories affecting the common man. He does not own or use a laptop, iPad, printing ...
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‘CONCEPT OF EQUALITY’ PERVADES WORLD’S BIGGEST COMMUNITY KITCHEN

23 weeks ago
If there is one big leveller for people, irrespective of their religion, caste, gender, social status or riches, it is the “langar”, or community kitchen, at the Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines, the Harmandir Sahib, is located, in this city considered holy by Sikhs. Referred to as the world’s largest community kitchen, the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee Langar Hall of the Golden Temple complex is unique in several aspects. On an average, it feeds over 100,000 people daily from children to old people from all religions, castes, regions, countries; and people from varied social, economic and...
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FIVE BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN MAY 2018

24 weeks ago
Its the dull season in the literary space and most known writers are currently doing what they are meant to do -- write. Shuffling between literature festivals and promotional events from mid-September to March, the harsh summer months provide the much-needed space for writers to focus on their craft as their minds are not shattered by constant invitations and events. Rumour has it that Vikram Seth is about to finish his much awaited sequel to “A Suitable Boy” -- and even publishing insiders are eagerly awaiting it. Namita Gokhale has started working on what she calls “a fascinating novel”, Jeet Thay...
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THE COSMOLOGIST WHO EXPLORED THE UNIVERSE ON A WHEELCHAIR

31 weeks ago
“Hello. I am Stephen Hawking. Physicist, cosmologist, and something of a dreamer. Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.” In the vastness of the Universe, Stephen Hawking was a star that shone brighter than others. A theoretical physicist by profession and a public icon as recognisable as any A-list actor or rockstar, Hawking was a living embodiment of mind over matter, the triumph of spirit over form, and of resilience over trying adversity, which he faced with optimism, humour and understatement.
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25 MANTRAS FOR STRESS-FREE EXAMINATIONS

36 weeks ago
The thought of examinations usually leaves students under stress. Not only students, the pressure of scoring good marks also takes a toll on parents and teachers. To help them cope with the trials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi authored ‘Exam Warriors’, published by Penguin Random House. It was released on February 3 in the national capital by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. With stressful days round the corner for those appearing for their Class X and XII board exams, Prime Minister Modi has penned this book detailing ‘25 mantras’ to help students treat exa...
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GREAT BOOKS OF 2017

42 weeks ago
The hero in the eyes of the hero Narendra Damodardas Modi: The Making of a Legend By Dr Bindeshwar Pathak Publisher: Sulabh International Social Service Organisation The coffee-table book, with rare photographs running through it all along with the text about Prime Minister Narendra Modi called “Narendra Damodardas Modi: The Making of a Legend” by the founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, was la...