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Assassins in the Garden

With the felling of the mango tree at his home, Bijoy Venugopal lost more than just a tree. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh'The mango trees are in flower,' my father said two weeks ago with an ache in......

Yet again, Amitav Ghosh sails on opium

Man and opium have a relationship that goes back to the infancy of mankind. Human civilization is inconceivable without it,' Amitav Ghosh said during an interview with an American radio station in......

Readers condole: They died for no fault

We asked our readers to send in their condolence messages for the slain 76 CRPF personnel and police men who were the victims of Naxal slaughter in Dantewada, Chattisgarh on Tuesday. And the......

Meet the parents

My Tam Bram friend was madly in love with his Catholic girlfriend, though he dreaded the thought of interacting with her family. Their stiff Western etiquette -- they ate idlis witha fork and knife......

An Alsatian roams free...

Just as Vaikom Mohammad Basheer's grandfather had an elephant, my great uncle -- on my father's side, twice removed -- had a dog. It was a German Shepherd, or as the Mallus like to call it, an......

Spider-Man 2 spins a Strings tune

Ourfriendly neighbouring pop duo andour friendly neighbourhood superhero havejoined handsto spin a musical web. Na jaane kyun, a track from Pakistani pop band Strings' recent album Dhaani, will......

Farhan Akhtar and the art of war

With the August 2001 release of Dil Chahta Hai, first-time director Farhan Akhtar hopped onto the Hindi film industry bus in outsize shoes. His quirky protagonist Akash, played by Aamir Khan,......

Happy Birthday, Norma Jean

This day in 1926, Norma Jean Mortensen was born to Gladys Baker in Los Angeles, California. Since her father's identity was undetermined, she was baptised Norma Jean Baker.August 5, 1962, she was......

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