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Political Awareness – IFCAYE

Two weeks ago we were in the thick of IFCAYE – India Festival of Children and Youth Empowerment. Between my sessions I sat in briefly on a couple of sessions with other mentors. Panini...

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Sauce, goose and gander

This year’s Blog Action Day topic is Inequality – there is nothing more unequal than the difference in the treatment of men and women. There’s such a huge gap that it’s shocking and of...

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The brain behind IFCAYE

  Somebody who can make a film like this certainly has a sense of what children need. The October event I’m looking forward to with excited anticipation is the India Festival of Children and...

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Dawn Watcher

DAWN WATCHER Bird chorus Warming up Intermittent tweets Short flights Zig zag a transparent sky In an unnamed region somewhere between Salmon and azure Familiar only to the dawn watcher. Flower garland perfume lingers...

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A festival for children

What’s the best way to get a young person interested in a subject? Is it by bombarding him or her with information and insisting that she learn it up by rote? Is the Sword...

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Tribute in Light

It’s a different feeling to be in NYC on the anniversary of 9/11. The memory of it was somewhere on the periphery of my mind, beyond the concerns of packing up an apartment, tending...

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Author Interview – Sameer Khan

Short stories are one of my favourite genres. They aren’t the easiest thing to write as the writer is traditionally expected to condense so much into a very short space. Sameer Khan’s collection of...

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The Death of Sheherzad

“Is it right to associate Intizar Husain with Partition?’  Rakshanda Jalil was asked at yesterday’s launch of her translation of Intizar Husain’s The Death of Sheherzad at the Oxford Bookstore. The book was nominated...

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Tribute to BKS Iyengar

I first taught myself yoga from a book. The book was always there and I could practice at my own time and pace. I quickly moved from that book to the best book –...