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‘Where have I given any hint I will allow the BJP to compromise my secularism?’

by SANKARSHAN THAKUR Midway through the campaign for the assembly elections of 2010, I set out on a three-week road journey across Bihar to take notes on why ‘change’ had become its birdsong after its long lay-off from wishing or wanting . . . Nitish [Kumar] was one of those who had egged me on.…… Continue reading ‘Where have I given any hint I will allow the BJP to compromise my secularism?’

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Excerpt: How Science Gave Us The Wrong Impression About Women

From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story. In her new book, Inferior, award-winning science journalist and author Angela Saini sheds light on controversial research and investigates the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, while taking readers…… Continue reading Excerpt: How Science Gave Us The Wrong Impression About Women

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Watch what you feed your child, it could lead to mood swings

Summer vacations are here and, needless to say, you’ll be spending a lot more time with your children. Your family is probably going on a vacation where nutrition takes a backseat and junk food is the staple diet. Chips, soft drinks, cakes, ice cream… the demand list goes on and you’ve promised yourself to indulge…… Continue reading Watch what you feed your child, it could lead to mood swings

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Suicide is NOT an option, no matter how poorly you fared in your board exams

With the season of board exam results upon us, we decided to put a word out for those who didn’t fare well and began to think, foolishly, that it’s the end of the road for them. Academic performance is a poor, unreliable barometer for success and happiness in life. Below, we present an excerpt from…… Continue reading Suicide is NOT an option, no matter how poorly you fared in your board exams

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Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

What really produces success? By looking at the science behind what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them — and find out in some cases why it’s good that we aren’t. Two men have died trying to do this. Outside Magazine declared…… Continue reading Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

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Sorry, You Can’t Fight Fat by Dieting

Body nirvana is a state where your waist size does not define your worth. Believe it or not, but shame, anger, helplessness, loneliness or traumas can act as tiny brakes and make weight loss difficult. In her new book The Body Nirvana: More Than Just A Weight Loss Book, author and psychologist Garima Gupta urges readers to remember…… Continue reading Sorry, You Can’t Fight Fat by Dieting

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A New Book Dives Deep into The Life of Ernest Hemingway, The Spy

Nicholas Reynolds In 2010 I was the historian for ‘The Best Museum You’ve Never Seen’, the CIA Museum, which winds through the corridors of an Eisenhower-era building secluded on a secure campus in Northern Virginia. We were getting ready to install a new exhibit on the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), America’s first central-intelligence agency,…… Continue reading A New Book Dives Deep into The Life of Ernest Hemingway, The Spy

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An Editor Reflects on His Experience Working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

‘A great nation is one which, when faced with a grave challenge, rises to the occasion and brings out the best in itself. Its people work as one to become the master of the problem and defeat it. India has a lot to learn if it is to occupy the pride of place that rightfully…… Continue reading An Editor Reflects on His Experience Working with Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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How Lata Mangeshkar Became the Queen of Indian Concerts Abroad

One day some concert organizers came to my father and asked if they could hold a jalsa where my father Deenanath Mangeshkar, a celebrated classical singer, would perform. I was standing nearby and overheard the conversation. I said, ‘Baba, I want to sing too.’ ‘What will you sing?’ he asked. ‘You taught me Raga Khambavati,…… Continue reading How Lata Mangeshkar Became the Queen of Indian Concerts Abroad