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A BITTERSWEET ODE TO THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS
Jigar Pala could have coasted along, doing what he already did: he could run his little Brahmin Udupi eatery in a small suburb of Mumbai, making a decent living, serving food he has served for decades, food his father served for decades before him. On...
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WE DON’T HATE HINDI. WE JUST DON’T WANT TO SPEAK IT.
These days nationalism seems to be the ‘in’ thing. What with current trends and the way the world around us abounds with deshbhakti for all the wrong things — India seems to be suffering from a sense of amnesia, or at least a part of...
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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE TIGER WOMAN
Calcutta in the 1880s —cultural, artistic, revolutionary. A well-connected class and caste of reformers made waves through India, and the Indian revolution, for generations. One small part of this story, lost in our revolutionary nostalgia, is the nascent formations of the Indian circus — specifically,...
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SUICIDE IS NEVER THE ONLY OPTION
THE INTERLUDE by Fardeen Naushad It’s everywhere. Everybody’s always talking about it. There’s not a single person on earth who doesn’t know someone who hasn’t attempted it or succeeded at it. It’s hot news. Always. And yet we do so little about it. I walk...
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INDEPENDENCE DAY? FOR WHOM?
Hurrah! We, as a nation, turn 73 this month and I for one am all geared up to see the sudden one-day-long patriotic surge that will explode all around me. It’s going to be everywhere — television, social media, radio and even within my close...
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DON’T CRY OVER SPILT MILK
Why is it so hard for people to overcome certain things? Is it that hard? Because I’ve never felt that way. Maybe, it’s because I haven’t lost someone or something important enough to make me feel that way? Or maybe, I’m just dead on the...
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THE PURSUIT OF PEACE
Do you ever wonder if peace of mind is possible for you? Does the idea seem mystical, like a dream that can never be realized? For many, it sounds like a complicated matter, yet, when implemented, its simplicity is revealed. If we release fear and...
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WITH LOVE, COMES RESPECT
Life gives you many strange experiences. And for me, this was definitely one of them. I grew up being taught to be afraid and disgusted in the presence of trans women, but life taught me something different and I am thankful. While I was in...
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BEING ‘TAMIL’ FROM PAST TO PRESENT
The author is a historian, editor and translator. A professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, he is known for his efforts in collecting and publishing the works of Tamil writer Pudumaippithan. He was awarded the VKRV Rao Prize for History in 2007....
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IS THIS ONE A KEEPER?
On a slow Saturday evening, while sitting at home by myself, I craved for some excitement. A few years ago, seeking excitement inevitably involved movement and meeting other people. Not any more though. Not since I’ve been in a serious, committed and overtly monogamous relationship...
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