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Creativity from the coast

Godson Samuel, a pastor from coastal Tamil Nadu, now working in Pune was a student of a lady professor in Bangalore’s United Theological College some years ago. Hearteningly, the woman’s courage and ability to break

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Branched out

There was a shower That shook a treeA branch broke free And shut out the power Kids gathered noisilyAdults responded quickly The police arrivedThe loggers followedThey sawed the wood But left the leaves Tea was

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Mining the earth away

Goa. The name evokes images of beaches, Konkani and Portugese heritage and the good life. And perhaps of drug peddling, sex trafficking and other vices. However, over the last few years, the state has been

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PuRa forever?

We wanted a home mate But could not confine dogs, birds or fish to the indoors So we consoled ourselves Observing neigbours’ pets Watching stray creatures And recalling childhood companions Until Ms. Columbidae came visiting

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A ration(ed) card?

When we were children, the term ration card (or family card) meant something crucial for survival. From our family’s short stint in Mumbai, I recall that it was mandatory for school admissions too. Well, it

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Saying it with Pride!

Love Across Boundaries, the first event of Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba 2010 provided space for people from diverse backgrounds to express their interpretation of love. Around 40 people from across Bangalore gathered at the

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At Vangpui Kut 2010

On Gandhi Jayanti, as I was walking past the United Theological College (UTC) on Millers Road, I was delighted to see a banner regarding its centenary celebrations still displayed. Although I was aware that this

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Only a week for children?

   At DSF’s R.T. Nagar centre As evident in the pictures, some kids from low income families and those connected with them through Dream School Foundation (DSF) celebrated on November 14, this year. (Actually, since

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A Class Apart…

Have you ever observed or interacted with children from low income families (and sometimes first generation literates) studying in private or government aided English medium schools, in their school or outside? Who are their friends?