How Elon Musk dominates on a regular basis conversations and social-media feeds of his Indian followers
IT MAY be an extended shot however Gopi Gautham, a second-year engineering scholar at Chandigarh College, needs to ask billionaire Elon Musk as a speaker to his college’s Ted X occasion scheduled for this November. To this point, he has made a number of makes an attempt: first tweeting, asking Musk to “come to India the place he has the biggest variety of followers”, then reaching out to his huge on-line followers within the hope that somebody would put in a phrase to the world’s richest man.
Swati Ganguly’s Tagore’s College: A Historical past of Visva-Bharati (1921-1961) appears again on the institute’s century-old legacy
By Angshuman Kar
Tagore’s College: A Historical past of Visva-Bharati, the results of painstaking analysis by Swati Ganguly, has simply come out because the institute completes its centenary celebration. The guide maps the historical past of Visva-Bharati from its inception to Tagore’s birth centenary yr to doc how the College, over time, constructed up a cultural neighborhood of studying, instructing and scholarship. Ganguly has scripted this historical past utilizing archives, memoirs, official paperwork and oral narratives.
Regardless of the partaking vignettes of Parsi life it presents, Berjis Desai’s novel ‘Towers of Silence’ suffers from a convoluted storyline
Berjis Desai has earned a popularity for writing wry, brief tales concerning the Parsis, typically based mostly on saucy gossip from days passed by. He has now moved on to the following stage and penned a novel, recounting the whimsical and bizarre story of the Bhamgara clan over 140 years, ranging from the sleepy city of Navsari in Gujarat and ending within the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s Colaba. The recurring theme is of the spirit world — of babas, Sufi mystics, clairvoyants, cosmic forces, black magic and a long-standing curse.
Why practically all the pieces about geese makes you smile
Geese are wacky. And, quacky in fact. Personally, I feel that one among their biggest abilities is their means to make even probably the most dour, bitter and lethal critical watcher (not essentially a bird-watcher) break into an involuntary smile, which is such a godsend very first thing within the morning. (We’re normally scowling ferociously right now).The opposite day, I went all the way down to the Yamuna Biodiversity Park and stood by the massive water physique. Blue and pristine, it was empty apart from a household of spotbilled geese. The little household swam serenely away, their faces made up like Kathakali dancers, with the identical extensive, amusing smiles stretched ear to ear. They imparted an air of tranquillity to the place, leaving neat V-shaped wakes as they swam.
Assessment: With its message of hope, The place the Cobbled Path Leads establishes Avinuo Kire as a singular voice from the Northeast
“In these sleepy little hill cities, there’s a secret path each youngster is aware of, a path each nostalgic grownup remembers,” so begins Avinuo Kire’s riveting novel, The place the Cobbled Path Leads. This path is trodden by Vime, a younger Naga woman beset with grief and melancholy over her mom’s latest passing and her father’s remarriage.
Assessment: Selby Wynn Schwartz’s Booker longlisted After Sappho is the lyrical story of Sapphists on the flip of the century
The ladies who inhabit Selby Wynn Schwartz’s After Sappho are by no means comfortable. Or by no means in a single place for too lengthy. The concluding years of the nineteenth century are disconcerting in quite a lot of methods, and so they navigate its vexations solely to reach at a brand new century fraught with recent hassle. They modify their names or go away a wedding or a baby or a rustic to grow to be, indelibly, who they are surely – sapphists, trousered and booted poets, vehement artists, lovers of journey guides and international grammar. This novel is, fairly actually, concerning the ladies who realise themselves absolutely after Sappho, the skeins of their lives gloriously knotted as their geographies, and destinies alter.
What our ancestors have taught us
As we observe the 16-day interval of remembrance of our ancestors within the Hindu calendar, I discover myself remembering my very own, with nice pleasure and glee. Each units of grandparents, my parents and their siblings, and the prolonged household from all 4 branches has made for a familial fraternity that has taught me via their instance, via spoken phrases and deeds completed, what it takes to stay a lifetime of respectful and respectable mindfulness.