Oral traditions and folklore the world over have stories of fools. In some, he is a village-idiot, and in some others he is a “wise fool’ who is often consulted for his out of the box thinking. At other times the fool is a leader or a ‘teacher’ with a group of followers.Stories of erudite ‘teachers’ seem to have been part of folklore throughout the Indian sub-continent and its neighborhood.
In a strongly worded statement to BJP lawmakers who resort to foot-in-mouth remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked them to avoid making controversial statements before the media, which, in turn, boomerangs to hurt the party as well as one’s image.
In the Chennai suburb of Triplicane, there once lived a seamstress called Janaki. People came to her with saris to mend and blouses to stitch. But there was more to the old lady than tailoring.She was the wife of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan’s life is brought to the present generation by the biopic “The Man Who Knew Infinity”
Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hyper-vigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?
The airstrikes carried out by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria on April 14, are yet another instance of how the US (and its allies) use “false flags” or “fake news” to unleash military action to serve their geo-strategic interests, writes P.K.Balalchandran in DailyFT.
A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official. The woman, who has not been named, said her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.
Shruti Bhave is an emerging versatile Indian violinist and singer with a base in Indian classical music. But her interests include Western classical, Jazz and folk music. The song was originally sung in the film by Pakistan’s Atif Aslam. Music is by Vishal-Shekhar and the orchestral support is provided by Jullius Packiam.
The Sindh Forest Department in Pakistan successfully broke its earlier Guinness World Record of planting the most trees in 24 hours by planting 1,129,294 mangroves on an island near Keti Bunder in Thatta district of Sindh..
Saudi Arabia had its first commercial film theater on Wednesday after a gap of 36 years. A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” on a 45-foot screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh.
Riding on the twin successes of the controversy-ridden Padmaavat and smaller offerings such as Raid and Hichki, Bollywood’s earnings at Rs1,103 crore for the first quarter of 2018 registered an impressive 42% growth over the first quarter of 2017. And this without any film featuring the three Khans, Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman.