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Friday, 14-December-2018

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OSCAR WILDE - LEGENDARY IRISH WRITER KNOWN FOR HIS BITING WIT

a week ago
“The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.” Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde established his place in the pantheon of literary greats with his play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and his novel, ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’ and also his Poems like ‘Panthea’, ‘Symphony in Yellow’, etc. Wilde was witty, charming and flamboyant. He had great conversation skills and people gathered around him to listen to his brilliant wit. Throughout the course of his literary career, Wilde excelled...
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EZRA POUND - A MASTER OF MODERNIST POETRY & IMAGISM

3 weeks ago
Besides having one of the most terrifyingly brutal pun-ready names in the English language, EZRA Pound was one of the 20th century’s great American poets. This man was important for single-handedly crafting the tradition of Modernist poetry and quite literally shaping the work of other players of the period, such as TS Eliot and HD. Pound’s Imagism, which morphed into Vorticism after 1913, gave poetry in English its focus on simple, concrete diction and spare syntax, as well as its emphasis on strong visual imagery, which continues to this day. In the early teens of the twentieth century, he opened a se...
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WHERE GIRLS PRETEND TO BE BOYS

6 weeks ago
The term “Bacha Posh” literally translated from the local Dari language means a “girl dressed like a boy”. There are families who bring up their daughters as sons and, once they reach puberty, the girls usually must return to being girls. Parents who have no sons prefer to convert one of their daughters into a Bacha Posh to raise their social standing. In a society where having a male child is of utmost importance and a matter of pride, Bacha Posh provides social relief. The Bacha Posh is treated like any other male, but must unlearn her gender-defined identity on turning 17 or 18. Her speech, her wa...
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NADINE GORDIMER - RACONTEUR OF APARTHEID, LITERARY ACTIVIST

6 weeks ago
NADINE GORDIMER, was the first South African and only the seventh woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Seamus Heaney, a fellow Nobel laureate, called her one of the great “guerrillas of the imagination”. In over two dozen works of fiction, she frequently addressed the complex and often tormented political situation of her native land.  She was one of the most eminent South African writers. She had been an active socio-political activist, therefore through her writing and choices of the subject she strengthened the forces of resistance to apartheid and continued to speak out against any form of off...
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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH - ON NATURE, ON MAN, AND ON LIFE

8 weeks ago
Behold her single in the field Yon solitary highland lass Reaping and singing by herself Stop here or gently pass. William Wordsworth, in my head, was an incredible storyteller! The above verse is the beginning of his poem, The Solitary Reaper. He talks of a young woman working in the field, and singing her tunes. What is the difference, then, between Wordsworth and the rest? Well if you read the top verse again, you will imagine an image in your head. An image as clear as day. With every passing stanza of the poem, the image transcends into what the poet imagines, and that is the true...
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NEETA MARKAM - TRIBAL WOMEN OF KANHA ARE DRIVING THEIR OWN DESTINY

8 weeks ago
Mukki zone in the famous Kanha National Park had been known throughout its recorded history to have been ruled by tigresses, rather than tigers. True to this legacy, tribal women of the Mukki zone are breaking conventional chains by taking over men-dominated jobs in the region. These women now drive, guide tourists, guard the forest that traditionally gave them sustenance and are coming forward to shoulder bigger responsibilities. While the idea to promote women in forest staff, especially as drivers in this largest national park of central India, was conceptualised and executed only in December last year, the way these w...
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PIRAMAL SWASTHYA - MIDWIFING CHANGE

9 weeks ago
The scenic beauty of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is in stark contrast to the lives of indigenous tribespeople inhabiting the region. Living in virtual destitution, these tribals -- like their counterparts scattered in remote locations across the rest of India -- lack access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, healthcare and education. Till a few years ago, some of these habitations were not even covered in the national census and nobody knew they even existed. But efforts of a leading NGO over the last seven years have yielded results in 181 habitations around Araku. This is testified by the fact that no mater...
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‘GANG OF GIRLS’ RUNNING METRO STATION

14 weeks ago
A ‘gang of girls’  has recently taken over the Netaji Bhavan Metro station in Kolkata and the women Railway Protection Force(RPF) constables were mute spectators to the ‘monumentous’  occasion. Even as the RPF personnel stood guard to avert any untoward incident, the station manager stationed several porters before the counters to assist the passengers and help them ‘deal with’ the gang members.  Many would deem it to be a scene straight out of reel life. Not exactly so. This metro station in Kolkata is now being run by an all-women team, thanks to the Metro Rail authorit...
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AN UNCROWNED KING OR A CRITICAL EDUCATOR

14 weeks ago
Confucius is the national name to the Chinese and cultural figure in the Chinese tradition, just like Moses to the Jews, Jesus to the Christians and Muhammad to the Muslims, only in the secular sense. Confucius was the founder of the philosophy of Confucianism 2500 years ago, and the curator and authoritative interpreter of the Chinese thoughts 2500 years before him. Therefore Confucius and Confucianism represent all the Chinese philosophy in their 5000 years history of civilisation. He was a Chinese philosopher and instructor born in 551BC in the State of Lu which is known today as Qufu in Shandong province. In Chinese, ...
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THE PIONEER WOMAN OF RADIOACTIVITY

15 weeks ago
Marie Curie was a radiating (literally) example of how irrelevant your gender should be in science. She did groundbreaking research in the fields of radioactivity and radioactive substances (which is not the same), together with her husband. Besides her scientific achievements, she also proved that married couples are able to work together without a negative effect on the quality of their work. She is still one of the most important scientists who ever lived.  In a field that even late in her life was totally dominated by men, her accomplishments are even more outstanding. Among Curie’s many achievements, she b...
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BREAKING INTO A MALE BASTION

15 weeks ago
Delhi Police inducted an all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team comprising 36 commandos, the first-ever by any police force in India, for anti-terrorist operations. Home minister Rajnath Singh has formally inducted the unit in Delhi Police on August 10 The minister asked Delhi Police to play a lead role in combating terror, and exhorted them to become a role model for police forces from other states and union territories. “The practices adopted by Delhi Police should be among the best practices of police,” he said. A ...
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CREATOR OF THE ENIGMA CALLED HARRY POTTER

17 weeks ago
If creating things is the way by which culture is formed then JK Rowling has been a cultural force. In the 21 years since Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was published, huge numbers of books have been printed and sold, vast sums of money generated, unknown children become globally recognised celebrities and the imaginative world of millions of fans of the Potter-verse irrevocably shaped. The world is a different place because of Harry. Harry Potter has gone way beyond the books JK Rowling first penned in a humble Edinburgh cafe. You see it in the English Dictionary, where ‘Muggle’ is now offic...