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Memories of Sangla Hill

This is a question that we all have to answer. Shia, Sunni, Catholic, Protestant, Bengali, Marathi, Brahmin, Jathav, Black, White, Brown, Yellow, do we all mark our territories and drive away everyone, who is anyway different? Where is our home? Where can we feel safe from persecution? Soumya, our humourist, takes a somber view at […]

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His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Thupten Gyatso

Eswar talks about His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, likening him to the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Read more about His life and times, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Whenever I think about His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Guru Gobind Singh’s mighty warrior image comes to my mind. From the day […]

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Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]

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A Knife for Life!

Two women, Ria and Shanta Bai, belonging to different economic strata, do not just work in the same office. Piquantly their lives have many parallels too. Ria, a divorcee, and Shanta Bai, a widow, have similar challenges. Find out how Shanta Bai inspired Ria to deal with life, in the short story by Shail, as […]

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Getting up on the Inside

We profile ordinary women with extraordinary strength. They find the reservoir of strength within themselves, like Yashodhara. Every year, the Women’s Day becomes a cosmetic celebration of already known and regularly felicitated achievers. But there are countless women, who go through their lives quietly, bravely willing every muscle and sinew to keep them from being wrecked by adversity or […]

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Why the Youth become Wasters, Goons and Henchmen of Politicians in UP?

The total population of UP in the age group 15-24 years is 40,619,000, while the sex ratio is 871/1000; 82% in urban areas and 81% in rural areas are literate. A large number of the youth in the state remains unemployed. Craig Jeffrey’s book, Time Pass: Youth, Class, and Politics of Waiting in India, explores various activities of […]

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Kedar Basha Sharpens Knives and Lives without Remorse

A native of Harichandrapuram village, in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, around 62km from Chennai, Kadar Basha has been a knife sharpener for the past 30 years. Pragmatic and down to earth, he began sharpening knives as a boy. His grandfather was a pious and charitable man, who donated four acres of land for a mosque. Whatever remained […]

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Life is Hard for Amudha but she is Tender like the Coconuts she Sells!

It’s scary to see the bike riders in black coloured clothes in the backdrop of the Jallikattu protests in Chennai. Unfazed by all this is Amudha, who sells tender coconuts on the wayside. Despite the hardships of life, she is not a bitter cynic. She plans for the future and also splurges. For her younger son’s wedding, she spent […]

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You are Awakening to Divinity – III

The spiritual journey is not easy; as you get ready to your spiritual journey in your inner self you’ll face many challenges, especially from this materialistic life; many people who are not yet ready for this divine path will try to pull you back! Why? Because they want you to be with them, the way they enjoy the […]

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Genes and Identity: Diseases, Medicines, Homosexuality and Identity Politics – II

Some children may come from a gene pool that enables them to play the violin at age four and to compose symphonies at ten. We search for genetic markers of these exceptional desirable abilities as well. The possibility of genes that protect against diseases is also spurring genetic hunts. For example, Alzheimer’s disease shows up rarely or not at […]

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