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Remembering Gandhiji through snapshots and anecdotes
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Remembering Gandhiji through snapshots and anecdotes

November 13, 2019

On October 2nd, we celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and a number of year-long programmes were organised all over the country. Yet, how many of our readers have personally visited this great personality’s birth place? To create a feeling of pride and patriotism in our younger generation, especially, I wish to enable SOM readers…

Informative book on Kashmir
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Informative book on Kashmir

November 13, 2019

Title: Kashmir’s Untold Story — Declassified Authors:  Iqbal Chand Malhotra & Maroof Raza Pages: 202  Price:  Rs. 599 Publisher: Bloomsbury India Publications, New Delhi  Kashmir is acclaimed as the Heaven on Earth. However, it is also a political hotspot of the world. With the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A on 5th August 2019, this…

Challenges of a Tropical Forester, near death encounters with wildlife
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Challenges of a Tropical Forester, near death encounters with wildlife

November 12, 2019

Title: “Challenges of a Tropical Forester for Sustainable Development Author:  A.C. Lakshmana Pages:   136 Price:     Rs. 200 Publisher: A.C. Lakshmana My esteemed friend A.C. Lakshmana IFS, a retired Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, gave this book “Challenges of a Tropical Forester for Sustainable Development” for my perusal. Basically a son of a farmer, he…

Fertility Chi
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Fertility Chi

November 11, 2019

Life has its own bit of twists and turns but one should not view the low cycles in life negatively but try to overcome the same. Feng Shui is most certainly a valuable tool to mitigate the ill-effects and negative influences in a person’s life and give hope for new beginnings and positive phases. Each…

Concerts mark Dikshitar’s Day
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Concerts mark Dikshitar’s Day

November 10, 2019

By Dr. Rama V. Bennur The Tyagaraja Sangeetha Sabha of Mysuru is unique in many ways. Without blowing any trumpets, it is quietly expressing its deep love for Kannada language which is certainly  not restricted only to November! This Sabha too has been arranging its monthly music concerts like any other Sabhas. But behind it…

Pirates of the Lake
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Pirates of the Lake

November 9, 2019

By Ragoo Rao, Ethologist Next time you go out birding, watch for Pelicans, the pirates. They may not brandish knives, cutlasses, ropes or guzzle liquor. But they’re out there, lounging in the leafy shade or plying the winds, just waiting to pounce on passing treasures. Piracy or ‘kleptoparasitism’ — to use the technical term —…

Lively fillers, boisterous till end
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Lively fillers, boisterous till end

November 8, 2019

By Dr. Padmavathi Narasimhan Sangeeta Dileep sang for Nadabrahma Sangeeta Sabha on the 19th of October. She was accompanied by her husband Dileep on the violin, Sachin Prakash on the mridanga and Sharat Kaushik on the ghata. Sangeeta has a good reputation as a musician.  Her training under Chitraveena Ravikiran has moulded her into a…

Audience Awed and Aggrandised
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Audience Awed and Aggrandised

November 8, 2019

The Articulate festival’s series 43 saw an alliance of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, The Artistes and Articulate Trust for Arts with a mission to support classical dance arts and showcase the artistes’ artistry. Mysore B. Nagaraj, Managing Trustee of Articulate Trust for Arts, curates the show. The line-up was one Kathak and three Bharathanatyam artistes sharing…

Insight into human psyche, frailty
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Insight into human psyche, frailty

November 8, 2019

Title: WAR-The Ugly Mistress Author: Dr. Lata Muthanna Pages: 296 Price: Rs. 299 Publisher: Notion Press Year of Publishing: 2019 Poets, novelists, essayists, playwrights, chroniclers, biographers and scholars write on a multitude of subjects in distinct styles of their own, familiar to their captive readers. Author of this book, a Consulting Physician, has narrated in…

Shakti or Shaktiman?
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Shakti or Shaktiman?

November 7, 2019

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist I was recently trolled by a group of people. This was because I apparently had stated a claim that women are not powerful in India. I tried to figure out from where they had derived this alleged statement of mine and eventually realised that I had…

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