Arthur J Pais charmed her and exasperated her. But, says Vaihayasi Pande Daniel as she bids him goodbye, it is the 'irrevocability' of death that 'stingingly puts into focus what you never realised you would miss terribly.' When I opened my e-mail box each morning, it would be an extremely strange, upside-down day if there were not at least 12 mails from Arthur J Pais. But my days became increasingly strange lately, as his mails dwindled. As of Friday last week, I knew I would never receive ... Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
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Right in the midst of bustling Kolkata lies what might be the most prominent population of Britons in India.Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com walks through the South Park Street Cemetery. IMAGE: Bards, botanists, indologists, jailers, translators, diplomats, postmasters, surveyors, judges, housewives, mothers, soldiers, surgeons, teachers, bureaucrats, architects, military officials and more have their final resting place in South Park Street Cemetery. Photograph: Vaihayasi Pande ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'Nehru had multiple chances to make compromises, that would have preserved a united India, and he chose not to...' 'There was a particular mutual dislike between Nehru and Jinnah. Probably their personalities were so different... They were very similar in some ways. They were complete opposites in many other ways.' Nisid Hajari, who wrote Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition -- which won the 2016 William E Colby Award January 27, 2016 -- speaks to Vaihayasi Pande ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'India is a major target for ISIS and Al Qaeda because it has a very large Muslim Diaspora, regular conflicts with a Muslim country and experiences violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims on a regular basis.' 'This provides for a very stable breeding ground for jihadist radicalisation and recruitment.' IMAGE: A screen grab from an ISIS recruitment video. In early 2015, New Zealand -- located thousands of miles and two oceans away from the Syria-Iraq battlegrounds, with a negligible ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
How do you translate a first love into a profession? How do you become a writer once you set your heart on it? Susmita Bhattacharya, who once worked as a graphic designer in Mumbai, now teaches the basics of English to newcomers to Britain and is also a creative writing tutor. Her first novel The Normal State of Mind was published this year after a grim battle with cancer.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com When Susmita Bhattacharya -- then Das -- first started sending in chatty travel ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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