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World Book Lovers' Day: Ten unputdownable science books that everyone loves
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World Book Lovers' Day: Ten unputdownable science books that everyone loves

9 August, celebrated as World Book Lovers Day, is a day to enjoy & encourage the reading habit.

Tamil cinema, imagination, the fans and how all of this blurs lines between fantasy and reality
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Tamil cinema, imagination, the fans and how all of this blurs lines between fantasy and reality

This segment is based on Pandian’s anthropological work with another major star of Tamil cinema, Karthi Sivakumar, on a film shoot for Siruthai that came out a couple of years ago.

'Try renting an apartment using a Muslim name': Tharoor pens letter in response to Twitter spat with Kher
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'Try renting an apartment using a Muslim name': Tharoor pens letter in response to Twitter spat with Kher

Shashi Tharoor defended his argument against Anupam Kher's comment in a column on NDTV calling it absurd. He pointed out that it was perhaps the minorities in the country who had to struggle much harder to be accepted, something that the majority Hindus take for granted.

Book Excerpt: They eat meat! The pursuit of an illicit egg in Gujarat
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Book Excerpt: They eat meat! The pursuit of an illicit egg in Gujarat

Cooking more than one egg at the same time was the same as getting caught.

Book Excerpt: The 'bhaiya' and the Mizo - a tale of unlikely brothers in the Northeast
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Book Excerpt: The 'bhaiya' and the Mizo - a tale of unlikely brothers in the Northeast

Anand Ranganathan’s novel For Love and Honour (Bloomsbury) is set in the northeast in the jungles of Mizoram with its Mizo National Front camps as well as more genteel tea estates.

India doesn't need a dictator, won't curb freedom of speech: PM Modi tells Time magazine
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India doesn't need a dictator, won't curb freedom of speech: PM Modi tells Time magazine

Just a few days ahead of another foreign trip, to China, PM Modi in an exclusive interview Time Magazine speaks about an array of issues — from religion, terrorism to freedom of speech and relationships with other countries.

Who needs Sunny Leone: Ancient Indian erotica is less coy and a whole lot hotter
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Who needs Sunny Leone: Ancient Indian erotica is less coy and a whole lot hotter

Although Kothari does have quite a few interesting pieces, it clearly isn't enough to make a book.

Ashley Judd speaks out against Twitter abuse, childhood rape
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Ashley Judd speaks out against Twitter abuse, childhood rape

In a moving piece linking online violence and rape, actor Ashley Judd wrote an op-ed in Mic after she faced extremely sexist and violent comments on Twitter for her tweet on a basketball game.

The West Bengal gang-rape and church attacks have left me aghast: A nun speaks out
India

The West Bengal gang-rape and church attacks have left me aghast: A nun speaks out

Reacting to the incident, principal of Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, Dr Ananda Amritmahal , writes in Quartz that the incident was first an attack on womankind, then an attack on Christians and also an attack on nuns.

'There was nothing human in him': A journalist's account of her under cover life as an IS militant's fiance
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'There was nothing human in him': A journalist's account of her under cover life as an IS militant's fiance

In her quest to find out what inspired youngsters and youth today to get radicalised and join terrorist groups like Islamic State, this young journalist went under cover, joined the young Muslim community online and created a fake profile on Facebook and Twitter and almost married a Islamic State militant.

Here's a lawyer's detailed analysis of Bilbo's contract with dwarves in The Hobbit
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Here's a lawyer's detailed analysis of Bilbo's contract with dwarves in The Hobbit

Remember the contract between Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves for their journey to the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Well, now lawyer and co-author of The Law and Superheroes, James Daily has analysed it for us humans.

Someone cut out a significant part of me: A woman on what it's like living with female genital mutilation
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Someone cut out a significant part of me: A woman on what it's like living with female genital mutilation

In this piece a Pakistani woman tells you how she lives and copes with genital mutilation.

PhD scholar by day, chickpeas seller by night: How a man is repaying his family's debts
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PhD scholar by day, chickpeas seller by night: How a man is repaying his family's debts

People often go to great lengths to pay off their debts or finance their own education. From part time jobs to small businesses there have been many inspiring stories of those who struggle to make ends meet, but don't give up their goals. One such inspiring story is that of S Palaniraj.

Japan sending students to Indian schools to speak fluent English
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Japan sending students to Indian schools to speak fluent English

local students in Japan are now going to Indian schools in the country to learn English.

Erapalli Prasanna, Ian Chappell and the joys of spin bowling
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Erapalli Prasanna, Ian Chappell and the joys of spin bowling

Over and over again what Chappell says is mirrored by Prasanna and what Prasanna says is mirrored by Chappell.

Delhi gangrape case: Juvenile accused paints, learns English to fit in
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Delhi gangrape case: Juvenile accused paints, learns English to fit in

The juvenile convict in the Delhi gangrape case has taken to painting and shows no "traces of anger", according to a report.

Modi vs Rajnath: Are there serious faultlines in the BJP govt?
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Modi vs Rajnath: Are there serious faultlines in the BJP govt?

An editorial argues that the Modi-Rajnath tale has not ended, but is a longstanding rivalry that will sharpen in coming months.

No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don't tell us
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No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don't tell us

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the stories that fall into the cracks between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity and discovers a treasure-trove of queerness in Hindu lore.

Muzaffarnagar's new ghettos: Muslims leave their homes, find safety in numbers
India

Muzaffarnagar's new ghettos: Muslims leave their homes, find safety in numbers

These localities in Muzaffarnagar where Muslims are settling have neither water nor power, no sanitation nor any medical facilities.