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Rise of the Opposition

At the time of writing, there is little clarity on how the H D Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka will decide portfolios between Janata Dal (Secular), his party, and Congress, the senior coalition partner. All that the chief minister has confirmed is a farm loan waiver, a promise originally made by his opponent, the BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa, on the campaign […]

Translating Premchand‘s many moods

Premchand: The Complete Short Stories is a massive, massive project, its scale veering almost towards audacity. Arranged in a box set of four volumes, each book runs to more than 700 pages. Taken together, the box set forms a massive tome over 3,000 pages long and contains the complete short fiction, numbering almost 300 pieces, by Munshi Premchand in English […]

Travel for travel‘s sake

There is a little jewel of a quote that appears on ads for channels like Discovery that you may have seen. It reads, “We travel to find ourselves.” It’s taken from Pico Iyer and the full quote is: “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and […]

ZZ quits at the top

After Real Madrid lifted Ol’ Big Ears, aka the Champions League trophy, for the third year in succession, its superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were ambivalent in victory. Bale, coming off the bench, scored a bicycle kick to put Real 2-1 up with the sort of astonishing fast twitch reflex that serves as a reminder of why he cost […]

Residential share will go up to 50% in the next five years, hopes Embassy

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Sebi tells mutual funds to enforce Amfi guidelines

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No takers for Air India stake sale: Core group to meet next week

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