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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

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Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’

Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’ Sheherzad told over a thousand stories and gave birth to three sons in a thousand and one nights. The listener prospered and so did the teller. The teller of the stories, Sheherzad, was granted life through her stories and, in turn, allowed countless virgins to live, virgins…… Continue reading Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’

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Short Story: ‘The Transistor’ by Shahnaz Bashir

An exclusive excerpt from Shahnaz Bashir’s Scattered Souls, published by HarperCollins. Set in Kashmir, it’s a story of a man whose transistor triggers paranoia in his neighbourhood. The Transistor Ignorance and impetuosity are inseparable twins as are rumours and misunderstandings—all fused at their heads. With each bullet pumped into him, all his great memories of loyalty to the…… Continue reading Short Story: ‘The Transistor’ by Shahnaz Bashir

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This Is What It’s Like to Be Smuggled in a Wheelchair across Continents in Overloaded Refugee Boats

Nujeen Mustafa with Christina Lamb FROM the beach we could see the island of Lesbos – and Europe. The sea stretched either side as far as you could see and it was not rough, it was quiet, sparkling in the sun and flecked only by the smallest of white caps dancing on top of the…… Continue reading This Is What It’s Like to Be Smuggled in a Wheelchair across Continents in Overloaded Refugee Boats