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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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Take Me to the World of My Dreams

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Spread the love           Ritambhara dreams of a beautiful world of her dreams, where there is happiness, joy, and glee, a safe world for children. A Different Truths exclusive. A smile on every face Contentment in every heart Respect and empathy in every attitude Forgiveness and helpfulness is where the norm This is the human race of […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: In his Lost Mother of Infancy is a pre-Oedipal Mother, the Muse Behind all Creativity – VIII

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Spread the love            Intrigued by an interpretation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman published by the Yale psychoanalyst Gilbert Rose, Fowles posits in Hardy and other novelists an unconscious drive toward the unobtainable. Fowles accepts Rose’s thesis that the wish to re-establish unity with the lost mother of infancy is an important motive behind the creative impulse. Behind Tryphena […]


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Nipah the Virus on a Killing Spree in Kerala

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Spread the love           The fruit-bat borne virus has already killed 11 in Kerala’s Kozhikode and Malappuram districts after the first three deaths in a family were diagnosed as Nipah, the name that spells panic. One of the 11 dead was a nurse named Lini. Her body was cremated without much ado by the government and her […]


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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Arishta and Krishna – LXIX

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Spread the love            Nilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna vanquishing the Ausra Arishta, from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sukha continued narrating the stories from Bhagavad Purana, which his father Ved Vyasa had authored. “Now,” he began, “another asura called Arishta comes in search of Krishna.” Parikshit responded, “One more!” “Yes,” Sukha […]


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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Jude the Obscure, a Psychologically Rich Novel – I

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Spread the love            Jude the Obscure remains one of the most psychologically rich novels in our language, as the published criticism confirms. However artistically contrived Father Time’s ending may be, the fictional suicide reveals many of the characteristics of real-life suicides. More importantly, Father Time’s actions foreshadow the murderous impulses culminating in Sue’s grim return […]


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Elixir, a Voyage of the Mind: Bestseller and a Critically Acclaimed Novel

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Spread the love           Where does our mind go, when we fall asleep? Can dreams weave a layer of parallel existence? Can there be another reality beyond all that we touch, see or feel? It is a normal day for Manisha. She wakes up from sleep and goes to work. On her way back home, she walks into […]


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Black Magic

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Spread the love            With grit, faith and hard work, she built a whole new world for herself literally out of thin air. But when Jharna was attacked by the forces of Evil, will these means suffice or will she have to devise new weapons to combat them? Here’s Sutapa’s novella, as part of the Special Feature, exclusively on […]


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Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright

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Spread the love            Humourist Soumya narrates a real-life incident of tiger watching, in a different genre, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. The tiger, I had come to the conclusion, was a mythical beast. Years of tramping up to its supposed haunt on days spent peering out of car windows, open jeeps, elephant […]


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Stop the Jingoism about Holy Cow!

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Spread the love           Before the gaurakhshaks cruelly lynch or hang another human being, let’s ask them to pause and ponder. Pause to ask one question, “How do they and their pious Hindu brothers look after their gau mata for whom they kill without compunction?” And ponder over the state their revered ‘holy cow’ is in these days of ardent cow worshippers, asks […]


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