Duckery at Sonbeel

DR. APURBA CHAKRABORTY writes about a thriving enterprise in Assam’s rural hinterland. Sonbeel in Karimganj district is a well known wetland (beel), famous for its pristine beauty and abundance of fishes. The beel gets water from the Shingla River of…

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Under the Tuscan Sun

VIJAYLAKSHMI BARUA revels in the pleasures of experiencing a wine tasting festival. Florence wasn’t exactly how I had imagined it would be. Coming in from Rome, I found it quite different from the wonderfully exuberant and colorful capital. Florence has…

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Trashing it

"This reminds me of a story I read on the net. Garbage collectors in Ankara, Turkey, have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once thrown away and destined for the landfills" I walk every evening along a serpentine…

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Timeless appeal

SANJUKTA DUTTA wishes to take the mekhela-sador to a wider platform. Mekhela-sador, the traditional three-piece attire of Assam has won the hearts of many people from all over the world, from Bollywood celebrities to people overseas. It has always stood…

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The top contenders of Cricket

With cricket’s biggest showpiece event – the ICC Cricket World Cup underway in England and Wales, the excitement certainly cannot get any bigger than this for cricket fanatics. This edition of the coveted tournament remains a bit different, owing to…

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Remembering Eid

In our modest hostel room at the Northeastern Student’s House at Delhi University, my friend Gitanjali, a devout Sankari, lighted incense sticks every morning before she said her prayers; the strong, sweet smell of burning mogra incense invariably turned my…

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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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