Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Colombo, May 11: The world-renowned sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is in the Sri Lankan capital to exhibit his mammoth reclining Buddha at the International Vesak celebrations on May 12, has been wedded to sand since the age of 8 and cannot think of a day when he will be divorced from it ,writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. “Sand is...

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

Dhaka,May 11 (newsin.asia): The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their "blessings" is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting "elders" or "seniors". In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, however, the practice assumed ugly forms during the regime of the Late J.Jayalalithaa , when even senior...

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

BBC to produce Vikram Seth’s Suitable Boy – the first ever with an all non-White cast

London, May 6 (newsin.asia):The BBC is to screen its first period drama featuring an entirely non-white cast after securing the rights to A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth’s sprawling novel set in post-colonial India, www.telegraph.co.uk reports. The book will be adapted into a lavish eight-part series with a script from Andrew Davies, the screenwriter whose hits include the famous 1995 version...

The house which still divides India and Pakistan

The house which still divides India and Pakistan

By Frances Bulathsinghala/www.southasianmonitor.com The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition India has a chance seventy years later to bring peace between India and Pakistan. But the possibility of an amiable settlement over the ownership of Jinnah’s House, a sprawling mansion set in...

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

By Srinath Raghavan/The Hindustan Times A little over six months ago, the government announced an international competition to design a “National War Memorial” in New Delhi. The memorial is intended to honour all Indian soldiers who served in the various wars and counter-insurgency campaigns from 1947 onwards. While the demand for a war memorial has been voiced periodically, there has...

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Dhaka, April 27 (AFP): Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And yet his tales of lovers whispering sweet nothings sold millions in the 1980s and proved a huge hit among young girls from Bangladesh's rural, conservative heartland. Now his work...

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Canadian river vanishes in four days as glacier retreats due to global warming

Hannah Devlin/The Guardian Ottawa, April 17: An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Such a situation can arise in rivers originating in the Himalayas too. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of...

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