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‘Ravana’ killed in Punjab train accident

Dalbir Singh’s mother said her son was playing different characters in the Ram Leela for the past many years. The man who played the character of demon king Ravana at the Ram Leela at Joda Phatak was among those killed in the train accident. After he enacted the role of Ravana, Dalbir Singh, in his […]

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Lost in time

Scientists have argued for bifurcating India’s time zones. But will the trains, then, run on time? Right before the end of the world in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, the last human is reminded of a simple truth by an exiled extra-terrestrial: “Time is an illusion,” says Ford Prefect, “and lunchtime doubly so”. But […]

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Nobel breaks the glass ceiling

After three years, the list of Nobel Prize winners for 2018 includes women again. This year is also particularly exceptional because of the three women who won the Prize, one — Donna Strickland — became only the third woman ever to win it for Physics (the other two are Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria […]

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The petroglyphs of Ratnagiri

The recent discovery of 1,000 rock carvings on Maharashtra’s Konkan coast is expected to provide new insights into the early history of the region. Jayant Sriram reports on the archaeological significance of these petroglyphs, which are estimated to be 12,000 years old. The colour of the setting sun matches the ferrous red of the porous […]

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Kharar blacksmith playing different roles for 40 years

During 10 days of the Ramleela, 59-year-old Dhiman sleeps on the ground. He played the first role of Rajkumar in Ramleela before 1976, then played the role of Hanuman for 13 years, again the role of Dashrath for more than 14 years. HONESTY, SAYS Jagdish Dhiman, is what he has got from his 40-year association […]

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Selfless devotion

Karma, jnana and bhakti are paths to realise the Supreme Brahman and involve intense and earnest search for the reality of the self. For none can escape the effect of Maya which is seen not only in the way the divine presence is hidden from human perception, but also in creating a wrong understanding of […]