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Factfulness review: The miracle of human progress

Factfulness review: The miracle of human progress

Is a tendency towards negativity, fear and blame preventing us from seeing all the good in the world?

By: Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta As district medical officer in Mozambique, Hans Rosling discovered a previously unknown paralytic disease. Later, he became a professor of international health, co-founded Médecins Sans Frontières in Sweden, and a renowned public educator. His TED talks have been viewed over 35 million times. Rosling was also a sword swallower, having learned the […]

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Ibn Battuta and Shaikh Murshidi

Ibn Battuta and Shaikh Murshidi

By: Dr A Q Khan After travelling to Makkah, Madina, southern Persia, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, Ibn Battuta reached the Indian Subcontinent, where he travelled from Sindh to the north west and then on to Delhi (which he called Dilli). At that time, Sultan Ghiasuddin Tughluq was the king. The king’s son, Mujahid Muhammad Shah […]

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7 Andrei Tarkovsky Films and Their Philosophical Takeaways

7 Andrei Tarkovsky Films and Their Philosophical Takeaways

By: Ben Wilson Andrei Tarkovsky was born to Arseny Tarkovsky, a poet, and Maria Vishnyakova, a well-educated literary woman, in 1932 Soviet Russia. His life would be one of poetic vision and his father’s interests would influence his private life and his films. He attended school alongside poet Andrey Voznesensky, and he studied piano, art, […]

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Into the brave new age of irrationality

Into the brave new age of irrationality

The assault on rationality is part of a concerted political strategy

 By: Sanjay Rajoura Much has been written and said about the assault on liberal arts under way in India since the new political era dawned. But the real assault is on science and rationality. And it has not been difficult to mount this attack. For long, India has as a nation proudly claimed to be […]

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WRITING MALALA’S STORY

WRITING MALALA’S STORY

There is a difference between a life and a story: the problem with trying to write about Malala is that Malala herself doesn’t really know how the story is going to end. Her uncertainty leaves chroniclers adrift and often reaching for neat ways to tie up the endings that don’t ring true to the vagaries of real life.

BY: Bina Shah Malala Yousafzai’s recent return to Pakistan, after five years of exile, spawned columns of newsprint and dozens of television hours reporting on the heady weekend where she and her family were feted at the Prime Minister House and then taken on a high-security visit to her hometown of Mingora in Swat. Over […]

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How Rodgers and Hammerstein Created Modern Musical Theater

How Rodgers and Hammerstein Created Modern Musical Theater

BY: JASON ROBERT BROWN At some point in the 1950s, Rodgers and Hammerstein transformed from a pair of hardworking men in the theater into An Enterprise, and by the time I was growing up in the ’70s, that enterprise was an established brand, reliably stodgy and comforting and firmly entrenched in Eisenhower-era values and, for […]

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Quiz: on musicians and artistes

Quiz: on musicians and artistes

BY:  Berty Ashley X was born in Mumbai on April 29, 1936, and is undoubtedly the most famous person from India in his profession. His father, a noted concert violinist, encouraged him to study music from a young age. He has worked with an illustrious line-up of international orchestras and was awarded honorary citizenship of […]

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For the love of stories

For the love of stories

Sharing imaginative tales is one way to give children a break from technology, says storyteller Priya Arun

BY: Nahla Nainar How long has it been since you heard or narrated a story? Not the visual kind, pre-imagined and set in a shared digital space, but the old-fashioned type, whose opening lines are usually ‘Once upon a time’ or ‘Long, long ago …’? Storytelling, the oral transmission of real and imagined narratives, has […]

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The elephant in the Patent Office

The elephant in the Patent Office

Patents for trivial improvements on drugs, though statutorily barred, are routinely granted

  By: Feroz Ali Roshan John Over the last few years the Indian Patent Office (IPO) has been focussing on granting patents expeditiously and reducing the backlog of pending applications. Newly recruited examiners have been sending in examination reports rapidly in a race to reduce the examination timeline and increase the grant rate. There needs […]

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‘WHAT IS IN A NAME’

‘WHAT IS IN A NAME’

By: BILAL AHMAD NAIK As we were discussing the downfall of our business unit and the necessary requirements for the recovery thereof, Gull Kaak arrived on the scene. Unwelcome- everybody`s face read in reaction but he was unwilling to leave. To our satisfaction he chose to remain silent- a seemingly positive sign for all of […]