South Asian tales of the “foolish guru”

South Asian tales of the “foolish guru”

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.

Vignettes from the life of “The Man Who Knew Infinity Well”

Vignettes from the life of “The Man Who Knew Infinity Well”

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”

No hugging: Are we losing touch?

No hugging: Are we losing touch?

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?

Bollywood box office collections surge 42% in January-March without any release featuring the Khans

Bollywood box office collections surge 42% in January-March without any release featuring the Khans

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.

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