Vinyl once more

Who would have thought that the vinyl record would make a comeback in this digital age? But it has, surprisingly.  In 2016, in a massive reversal of fortune, record sales in the United Kingdom surpassed that of digital downloads. Almost…

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A pitiable tale

Nestled on the fringe of southern Assam’s Hailakandi district, lies the Residential Special Training Centre (RSTC) for girls. Housed in a virtually abandoned Assam-type structure of an erstwhile Basic Training Centre, the RSTC is in a sorry state of affairs.…

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The lost homeland

Nearly 31 years ago, a medical student from the State’s Brahmaputra Valley met a police officer at Silchar,  the administrative headquarters of undivided Cachar District. The police officer,  also hailing from the Brahmaputra Valley and a former student leader, ignited…

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Questioning authority

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She is born. She is slowly conditioned to certain behavioral patterns. She is expected to do as told or as the society programmes her to do. In contemporary India, a girl is still given education for the sole purpose of…

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Figuring perfection

With the festive season in the air, starting with Durga Puja, Diwali, and extending to Christmas, looking fit and stylish is obviously a priority. Inevitably, it is also a time when an assembly line of ads appears, promising to deliver…

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Pachyderm peril

As the demented Gobind Singh rushed with maddening fury at the doctor camouflaged in the midst of dense vegetation, rapidly moving scenes of a happy family life coming to an abrupt, tragic end put the healer out in cold sweat.…

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The ghosts of Kuldhara

As we walked around the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort led by our  energetic guide, a proud Rajput, Devi Singh, his narratives about Satyajit Ray’s iconic film which made this fort so famous kept us mesmerized. Each nook and corner of this…

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Mission mushroom

It was 25 years ago that the Mushroom Development Foundation (MDF) started its mission to synthesis health and nutrition with sustainable  livelihood  for  indigenous population through mushroom cultivation. The mission focuses on livelihood, safe and improved production  techniques, women empowerment,…

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The Japanese tea trail

Tea plants in Japan were first said to be planted by the Buddhist monk Saicho upon his return from China in 805 AD. Tea is not only the principal beverage of Japan, but it is also used in a variety…

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Young ones at Majuli

Tourism in Majuli treats the island with its open spaces and riverine tracts like a pastoral exit from the din of urban life. But for those who live in Majuli, the island is more than an idyllic bucolic holiday spot.…

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