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Nowhere Man

Talking politics and philosophy with a busker in London’s Trafalgar Square

Once, the Monsoon

Field notes from a botanical sanctuary: changing weather patterns are causing havoc to plants.

A False Dilemma

Forcing students to choose from among arts, science or commerce as early as class 11 is flawed for both intellectual and practical reasons.

Listening to Frost and Tagore in the Age of Walls

Their poems speak both to Donald Trump’s drive to build tangible and intangible barriers, and Gurmehar Kaur’s campaign to demolish them.

Vive French Exceptionalism

In the 16th century, King Henri took political advice from a much older woman he was involved with, like the new president apparently does.

Homegrown Fare for Young Minds

Until six years ago, most children’s books available in India were imports. Today, local publishers are bringing out an array of engaging books that draw from our history, culture and society.

The Teeming World of Nimtala Ghat

This nearly 200-year-old cremation ground in Kolkata is part of a vibrant precinct containing old palaces, a haunted house, shops selling mouth-watering snacks and places of tantric activity.

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