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He escaped from Axis custody in WW2

This is the story of my grand father’s younger brother as published in Hindustan TimesChandigarh , July 16, 2012. He is still alive and I always look forward to meet him whenever I visit India. Ram Swarup of Behrampur … Continue reading

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My days in the Indian National Army by Lakshmi Sehgal

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who was part of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, died  today 23/07/2012 following a brief illness. Sehgal (97), breathed her last at a private hospital at 11.20am, her daughter and noted CPM leader Subhashini Ali … Continue reading

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Julian Barnes: my life as a bibliophile

I have lived in books, for books, by and with books; in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to live from books. And it was through books that I first realized there were other worlds beyond … Continue reading

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And this is how you die… By Roger Aldridge

WARNING: This graphic article, published in The Age 39 years ago, contains explicit descriptions … but it may save your life How do people die in motor “accidents”? I’ll tell you. Some people explode — like a thin plastic envelope … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know … Continue reading

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Poon Lim – Man On The Raft

    Poon Lim, a Chinese seaman, held the world’s record as a sea survivor after floating alone on a life raft in the South Atlantic for 133 days. When told of the record, he said, “ I hope no one … Continue reading

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Bill Gates speech: 11 rules your kids did not and will not learn in school

by Tea Talk and Gossip on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 3:19pm Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it! Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something … Continue reading

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Norman Borlaug, India’s ‘annadaata’, dies at 95

  Norman Borlaug, the genial scientist-pacifist who died of cancer in Dallas on Saturday, was as much India’s ‘annadaata’ as he was the Father of the Green Revolution. Around the time Dr Borlaug arrived on the scene in the mid-1960s, … Continue reading

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Hitler’s Forgotten Library

The Atlantic Home   May 2003 Atlantic You can tell a lot about a person from what he reads. The surviving—and largely ignored—remnants of Adolf Hitler’s personal library reveal a deep but erratic interest in religion and theology by Timothy … Continue reading

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The Paleo-Etiology of Human Skin Tone by Frank W Sweet

  The growing consensus for an out-of-Africa scenario of modern human dispersal has produced a two-part puzzle of regional variation. Since the last glacial maximum, Europeans developed fairer complexions than any other group on earth, fairer even than others at … Continue reading

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