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Sep.23.2013
Sunday mass. Two suicide bombers. 80 Christians killed. The Taliban strikes. Again. My friend B is a devout Christian. She chose her mother's faith; her father is a Muslim, her husband was a Catholic. They travelled to many countries and she has several options, but after his death she was...
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Sep.22.2013
It takes extreme heartlessness to lob grenades, to shoot people in the head, and hold them hostage. People who have nothing to do with any cause, who are just going about their daily lives, enjoying an evening out with their families, or tourists taking a break from the sights.  What happened on...
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Sep.21.2013
The pan was getting an epileptic fit on the stove when I reached it, following the trail of the stench. The water had evaporated leaving the eggs completely burnt.  This is not how boiled eggs were supposed to be. It was the first ever time I saw them like that. They are not difficult to cook....
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Sep.16.2013
Why OD on racist comments against the latest beauty pageant winner when the majority of Americans don't care? If they can accept yoga, herbal cures and gurus, and even Spelling Bee and American Idol winners, why would they have a problem with Nina Davuluri, an American of Indian origin, getting...
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Sep.15.2013
It seemed like I was chasing my shadow this morning. As sunlight nuzzled the nape of my neck, it appeared to crane, to reach out to the beyond. Contemplation became a tea mug, the foot holding a mirror to the face, almost. Shadows speak a language that is meant to obfuscate. They are like modern...
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Sep.10.2013
Pastor Terry Jones will burn 3000 copies of the Quran. A group of American Muslims will donate blood in response. While this pacifist reaction is good, why do Muslims, who are professionals, who contribute to the economic and social life of the U.S., have to get defensive and try to "overturn the...
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Sep.06.2013
  It is a tragic end to what was more than a love story. The Taliban are not friends of love. Sushmita Banerjee returned to Afghanistan after a dramatic escape from that country. Why did she go back, only to be killed? After tying up her husband and other family members, they kidnapped her...
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Sep.01.2013
Asaram Bapu, one of those ubiquitous spiritual gurus, accused of raping a minor girl had been on the run since August 20. He was captured last night. A week later, the attention transferred to the gang-rape of an intern at a lifestyle magazine in a deserted mill at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai.  The...
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Aug.31.2013
Do we sometimes overstate racism? Emphasis on colour in politically-correct terms only consolidates stereotypes. Finger-pointing bad taste draws attention to it. Racism is way more than the buying and selling of products and the imagery associated with them. What is wrong with the Dunkin’ Donuts...
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Aug.28.2013
It sounds dramatic to say that the ceiling fell. A large slab did, revealing its pockmarked nakedness.  A few days ago, when I returned home in the evening there was a pile of rubble on the floor — chunks of plaster, powdered cement. Some of it had fallen on the bed, the side-table, my desk, the...
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Aug.19.2013
Of all forms of photography, I am drawn most to portraits. Faces. Forms. Expressions. The result is less about technique and more about what that fraction of a second captures. Is it the essence or the superficial? Does it convey more about the photographer than the subject?  Today is World...
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Aug.13.2013
The cawing was incessant. Crows don't irritate me; I've come to realise they are so utterly mediocre, so common, devoid of even the edginess that might make them irksome. Like pigeons sometimes do.  Crows are often spotted on cable wires or pecking at leftovers near garbage dumps or on balcony...
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Aug.07.2013
Why does the veil frighten its critics even when a woman is fighting alone with that “moving prison”? The Burka Avenger, a character in an animation series that made its debut on July 28, had begun to attract negative feedback even before it was aired because its protagonist wears a veil, even...
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Jul.31.2013
If the idea is "beauty beyond colour", why does the campaign emphasise that "dark is beautiful"? This is a contradiction, and it happens when there is an overarching need to protest without any thought given to the subtext.  It propagates the beauty myth. But, what if dark is not beautiful? Will...
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Jul.16.2013
Had Edward Snowden exposed the dirt of the Taliban, he would have been standing behind the lectern in New York at the UN hall on Friday, July 12. The contrast, and irony, is stark. A young man is hounded by the government of his country for exposing its sly mechanism, of its covert war...
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