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Togo: The Largest Voodoo Market in the World

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Spread the love           Togo’s capital city of Lomé is the birthplace of the largest Voodoo market in the world – a kind of super supply store for fetishes, charms and anything else one might need for a ritual. It is known as the Akodessewa Fetish Market. Practitioners from all over the African continent travel here in […]


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Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

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Spread the love           Arindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati […]


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Vajpayee Was Diametrically Opposite to Modi: Gujarat Riot in 2002 was a Dividing Line

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Spread the love           Behind the current proximity between the party and its mentor is the attitudinal difference between Vajpayee and Modi. Unlike Vajpayee, Modi has always belonged to his party’s more hawkish sections, a reputation which was highlighted by the Gujarat riots when Vajpayee had counselled the then chief minister of the state to adhere to […]


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Ghosts and Vultures Wait in the Wings: There is Killing to be made in Realty

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Spread the love           The first “sightings” of ghosts in Charki-Dadri, where two aircraft fell after colliding midair, killing over 300, were reported nearly two-and-a-half months after the horrific mishap. The ‘House of Horror’ deaths are not even a week old. Also, the police are camped outside and cop-fear follows the “guilty” to the grave, and beyond! […]


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Fake News: The Octopus in the Newsroom

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Spread the love4          4SharesThe hard fact these days of impact journalism and paid news is that perception managers run newsrooms, not newspersons; and journalists get to become ‘made guys’ when they’re promoted to write columns and peddle motivated opinions. Fake news is the octopus that has invaded the newsroom. A report, for Different Truths. ‘Postcard News’ […]


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Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Red Oleanders by Tagore – I

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Spread the love           The journey of the theme and the meta-theme, encoded into one language, to another language, is the kernel of the translation process. We need to remember in this connection that the translation process is no longer considered a mechanistic one. Mechanical transfer of theme and linguistic features from one language to another is impossible. […]


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Seductive Chocolate: A Befitting Food of the Gods

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Spread the love            The antiquity of chocolate may be traced back to nearly 4,000 years ago. The Cacao tree from which chocolate is derived is an evergreen tree growing naturally in the tropical wilderness of the Americas. Its seeds, the cocoa beans, are used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Did you know that cocoa and chocolate – which perpetually exude an […]


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Rajini and Kamal Cross Swords over Tuticorin

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Spread the love           The gloves are off between the two superstars, Rajini and Kamal. Politics has branded them apart and whose histrionics wins the day, and the state, is a topic of heated discussion in Amma Canteens and places of worship in all of Tamil Nadu with the gods listening, eavesdropping shamelessly on the conversation like […]


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Biplab Deb Insulting Diana Hayden no Surprise: Tripura CM Betrays Sangh View of Minorities

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Spread the love           Biplab Deb is a product of this xenophobic tradition, which gives pride of place to religion over the constitutional rights of every citizen, irrespective of his or her faith.  It is nearly impossible for him, therefore, to accept that an “alien” should not only represent India but even win a world title on […]


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The Moons of Jupiter

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Spread the love            Galileo saw a magnified view of the heavens no human eye had ever seen. He saw Jupiter clearly, and, to his amazement, he found moons circling the giant planet. Aristotle had said (and all scientists believed) that Earth was the only planet in the universe that had a moon. Within days, Galileo […]


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