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    A Letter From The EditorEditors as Shapers of OpinionThe Nuts and BoltsWe Leave You With These MessagesIn Essence

    When the Editor at Qrius decides to go meta and attempts to deconstruct the calling card that is the editorial Mayur Mulki If one would like to go bone-dry with the definition of what an 'editorial' is, it could be that section of a publication to which the senior editorial staff contributes. It generally features...

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    Thinking About Our Birth Is As Strange As Thinking About Death

    Birth anxiety is not as common as death anxiety, but there is a case to be made for thinking about where we came from and how we just started existing Many people feel anxious about the prospect of their death. Indeed, some philosophers have argued that death anxiety is universal and that this anxiety bounds and organises human existence. But do we also suffer from birth anxiety?...

    • a month ago
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    Amol Palekar's Cinema, Forever Middle-Class, Forever Funny

    In film after film, in Chhoti Si Baat and Baaton Baaton Mein, in the universes of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, on public transport and in Bandra apartments, Amol Palekar played the man on the street. Who else could essay a white-collar worker with the soul of a poet, who you might meet on a train or a bus, if not him? Somewhere along the halfway mark in Rajnigandha (1974),...

    • 2 months ago
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    Indian Music.and all that Jazz

    Indian music conjures thoughts of classical strains in Hollywood montages or Bollywood kitsch, but Jazz's history has as much to do with New Delhi as New Orleans. Jazz is a word that means different things to different people. Before it became a word used by one to trail off in a conversation they are rapidly losing interest in, it was actually a form of music. Not just any form of music, but the kind of music...

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    Anglo-Indians: Are They Fading into the History of India?Anglo-Indians and JazzThe Anglo-Indian IdentityFading Out and the Future

    They are not quite Indian, but have strong cultural ties to the country they call home. They're not quite British, but have a family tree that finds itself rooted in Europe, and their native tongue is English. Will this unique cultural identity of the Anglo-Indians one day be lost to the mainstream? Will they be...

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    Gandhi's 150th Anniversary: How America Embraced the MahatmaDiscovering GandhiUnderstanding nonviolenceSimplicity and harmonyWhat Gregg brought to America

    How a philosopher, friend and follower of Gandhi helped translate the Mahatma's ideas to Americans, helping them embrace his way of life October this year marks Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday. One of the 20th century's most iconic figures, Gandhi's legacy defines how many...

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    India's Seed Warrior and His Mission to Save Rice

    India's Seed Warrior, Debal Deb is on a mission to save the country's rice biodiversity. The ecologist's sustained effort has created a massive seed bank, housing more than 1,410 endangered rice varieties. Debal Deb is known as the Seed Warrior, having spent the past two decades collecting and preserving India's increasingly rare indigenous rice species. The ecologist's...

    • 3 months ago
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    Is Elon Musk's Starship Enterprise a Moral Catastrophe?Planetary protectionOther moral issues

    SpaceX's Starship project may be a bold step in space exploration, but will these interplanetary journeys to Mars and beyond account for moral repercussions? Elon Musk, founder of private space-faring company SpaceX, recently unveiled his new Starship craft. Amazingly, it is designed to carry up to 100 crew members on interplanetary journeys...

    • 3 months ago
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    India's Extraordinary Growth Has Lessons for Global Leaders

    As one of the world's fastest-growing major economies, India's has been a dramatic rise, commanding attention on the global stage. With structural reforms, a growing young middle-class, and adoption of advanced technologies, the stage is set for India to announce itself as major world economic power in the next decade-and-a-half, with the potential to reach $10 trillion. If...

    • 3 months ago
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    We had the hottest June ever this year - this is what happened around the world

    2019 saw world's hottest-ever June since records began 140 years ago. By Emma Charlton Wildfires in Catalonia, water handed to homeless people in Toulouse and temperatures running above 45°C in Bahrain. These were just some of the signs of the world's hottest-ever June since records began 140 years ago. The average land and sea temperature was 0.95...

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