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Chaitanya Tamhane on the death of his Court actor Vira Sathidar: 'It's a collective loss for society'
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Chaitanya Tamhane on the death of his Court actor Vira Sathidar: 'It's a collective loss for society'

Court filmmaker Tamhane dwells on the experience of working with activist, writer, poet and intellectual Sathidar, who passed away last week.

'A life spent in kranti': How a band of working-class women fought to make healthcare accessible in rural Maharashtra
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'A life spent in kranti': How a band of working-class women fought to make healthcare accessible in rural Maharashtra

For none of the seven women it was an easy task, especially with the burden of what life had been to everyone.

The Zai Whitaker column | Dispatches from the ecotourism classroom that is the Kruger National Park
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The Zai Whitaker column | Dispatches from the ecotourism classroom that is the Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is about the size of Israel and home to some of the most iconic birds and animals in the world.

From The Lion King to Matilda, rejected posters of Broadway productions on sale to help theatre community
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From The Lion King to Matilda, rejected posters of Broadway productions on sale to help theatre community

The 16 posters included in the series — each goes for $399 with a frame — were either rejected, never pitched or part of a group of submissions that theatre poster designer Frank Verlizzo made that allowed only one winner.

As Japanese businessmen flock to salons, brands take steps to bring makeup to more men amid pandemic
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As Japanese businessmen flock to salons, brands take steps to bring makeup to more men amid pandemic

Japanese businessmen in their 40s, 50s and 60s who had little interest in cosmetics before the pandemic are increasingly visiting salons, hoping for a better look in online meetings.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett secures book deal with Penguin Random House's conservative imprint, Sentinel
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Justice Amy Coney Barrett secures book deal with Penguin Random House's conservative imprint, Sentinel

Adrian Zackheim, who heads the conservative Sentinel imprint, confirmed on 19 April that he has an agreement with Barrett. Zackheim declined to provide any additional details beyond saying that the book would not be out this year.

Book review: Jenny Diski's new essay collection offers sharp analysis, and honest autobiography
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Book review: Jenny Diski's new essay collection offers sharp analysis, and honest autobiography

The most gripping have to do with her own extraordinary life, including a lifelong struggle with depression, suicide attempts, psychiatric hospitalisations, and a 2014 diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer.

Chinese artist Xu Beihong's painting expected to sell for $45 million, reflecting rising value of art during lockdown
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Chinese artist Xu Beihong's painting expected to sell for $45 million, reflecting rising value of art during lockdown

Xu frequently uses the lion in his work to exemplify his faith in the rise of the Chinese nation.

Europe's fashion industry anticipates major revamps in post-pandemic world: Rethinking 'week' formats, targetting younger clientele
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Europe's fashion industry anticipates major revamps in post-pandemic world: Rethinking 'week' formats, targetting younger clientele

Amid hopes of a return to near-normality by the year’s end, Europe's fashion industry is asking what fashion will look like as it dusts itself and struggles to its well-heeled feet again.

What's the connection between LSD and bicycles? 12 artists take viewers on a psychedelic two-wheeler trip
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What's the connection between LSD and bicycles? 12 artists take viewers on a psychedelic two-wheeler trip

This Bicycle Day, 12 Indian artists take inspiration from the culture built around the controversial substance and celebrate it with their art. The works will be printed on perforated blotting paper, as a homage to the medium through which the substance is consumed. The exhibition started on 16 April and will continue till 30 April in Method, Bandra (Mumbai).

New book on legendary Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci reveals the abuse, humiliation inflicted on her by her coach
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New book on legendary Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci reveals the abuse, humiliation inflicted on her by her coach

Nadia si Securitatea (Nadia and the Securitate), written by historian Stejarel Olaru, was published earlier this month and is the fruit of his trawls through thousands of pages of declassified Securitate reports.

Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers
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Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers

The case the documentary explores is the 2006 murder of a 24-year-old Riverside, California, resident — Crystal Theobald — in a drive-by shooting near her home.

'This is going to be a difficult Ramzan': Food insecure Syrian refugees struggle to fast, and feast 
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'This is going to be a difficult Ramzan': Food insecure Syrian refugees struggle to fast, and feast 

Ramzan, which began on 13 April, comes as Syrian refugees’ life of displacement has gotten even harder amid their host country Lebanon’s economic woes.

ACM Awards 2021: Maren Morris, Old Dominion among winners on a Sunday night dominated by female performers
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ACM Awards 2021: Maren Morris, Old Dominion among winners on a Sunday night dominated by female performers

Though female country stars didn’t compete for the night’s top prize, they owned Sunday’s ACM Awards.

My Sindh book review: Shakuntala Bharvani weaves together academic detail, personal history to tell story of her homeland
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My Sindh book review: Shakuntala Bharvani weaves together academic detail, personal history to tell story of her homeland

Shakuntala Bharvani used the lockdown to re-ignite a much deeper connect — that with her lost homeland, which has resulted in a book marked by nostalgia and occasional touches of humour.

Prof G Venkatasubbaiah, renowned Kannada lexicographer, passes away in Bengaluru at 107
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Prof G Venkatasubbaiah, renowned Kannada lexicographer, passes away in Bengaluru at 107

Having compiled 12 dictionaries, edited over 60 books and produced various seminal works on dictionary science in Kannada, Venkatasubbaiah was a leading figure in the literary scene

Anonymous French prison chef cooks mouthwatering dishes in his cell to become bona fide Instagram star
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Anonymous French prison chef cooks mouthwatering dishes in his cell to become bona fide Instagram star

His approach is two-fold: either he takes his prison food tray and reworks the steamed fish or vegetables with olive oil and garlic to add flavour or he creates his own dish from scratch using food and equipment sourced through the prison catalogue.

New study finds Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest
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New study finds Sikkim’s urban sacred groves mitigate double the carbon compared to a natural rural forest

The importance of urban forests is reflected in a clutch of India’s forest and environment policies such as the National Agroforestry Policy which supports the increase in the country’s tree cover including tree outside forest (TOF) and urban forest to reduce pollution in the cities.

Black Americans' collective racial trauma is a serious public health issue, warn experts
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Black Americans' collective racial trauma is a serious public health issue, warn experts

Many Black Americans are facing a collective sense of grief and trauma that has grown more profound with the loss of each life at the hands of police in America.