February 22, 2020
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15 Years Ago

Sutapa Mukerjee on the link between Ayodhya and Korea Fairy tales can often invoke history. They also revive lost memories at times. Like the voyage of an adventurous princess from Ayodhya, who—des­pite being on board a ship damaged by storm—decided to sail on till she reached the famed Land of the Morning Calm (Korea), where she fell in love with a handsome prince and married him. Two thousand years later the story is playing back, to Ayodhya, from where it began, conferring upon it the unique status of being a kin city of Kim-Hae, the prosperous South Korean town to which the prince belonged. http://bit.ly/1EJAnsd

10 years Ago

 Anita Roy reviewing Shashi Tharoor’s Bookless in Baghdad Technically Shashi Tharoor’s collection of occasional pieces is a book. It has a spine and hard covers with 236 nicely printed pages in between. But is it ‘a book’? The truth is, it’s one of those ghastly things, ‘a made book’: the product of an unholy union between a publisher keen to beef up the frontlist and an author eager to squeeze more mileage out of his backlist. The opening scene is of amar chhota Shashi at home in ’60s Bombay, devouring the works of Blyton and Richmal Crompton, Tintin and Tenali Raman. http://bit.ly/1BR3af5

5 Years Ago

Debarshi Dasgupta on the rise of the millet Even in the world of grains, there is a caste system. Millets like jowar and bajra have always been stereotyped in the urban mind as lower down the scale from rice and wheat—feed strewn for birds to peck at; or the stuff of thick rotis to nibble at the occasional faux-rural event, but never at a fancy five-star lunch. But that is changing. Millets are acquiring a new respectability. http://bit.ly/18i9zCi

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