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The ‘English Pinch’ in Bangladesh

What would you say if you saw a restaurant billboard saying "You be in our guest and please like any menu from arrangement ultimate sea food"?Will you brush it aside thinking the billboard painter must be 'uneducated'. Mark, when I say 'uneducated', I actually mean that he does not know English. For a lot of us, being educated also...

5000 Years Old Quake-proof Town

February 14: The image on the right is one of the most recognisable symbols of the Harappan civilisation. It is the bearded man of Mohenjodaro and Harappa. But why is this sober gentleman smiling in our image?There's a reason for it. The January 26 earthquake has devastated a large part of the Kutch region. Village after village, town after...

Winter Guests

December 27: Every winter, the Delhi Zoo in New Delhi, India, spruces up for the visit of some special foreign visitors. They fly in from the distant lands of China, Japan and Central Asia to escape sub-zero temperatures back home and bask in the warmer Delhi sun.These visitors include pin-tail ducks, shoveller ducks, common teals, coots, dab-chiks, yellow wagtails,...

Saraswati River in the Thar Desert

Saraswati River in the Thar Desert
The vedas mention the mighty Saraswati river flowing down the Himalayas and then westwards towards Rajasthan. But Rajasthan is a desert. So where did this huge river, which the vedas say was bigger than the Ganga, disappear?It is widely believed that this river still flows under the Thar desert, though no one has been able to prove this for...

Kidnapped for the Camel Race

September 30: Ten year-old Mohammad Zubair Arrian was playing in Medina Syedan, his village in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Suddenly, he met a mysterious red-bearded man. The stranger gave him something to eat. The next thing Mohammad knew, he had woken up in an airport.For the little boy who had never stepped outside his village, it was the...

The South Indian Sikh

October 21: Sardar Bhupinder Singh is 91 years old. He is also a bit of an oddity where he lives - in Kadakarapally, Kerala. He is the only one in his area to keep his hair long, wear a turban and visit the gurudwara or Sikh temple in nearby Kochi.Bhupinder Singh is one of the few living Malayalee Sikhs...

Prized Skeleton in Museum Closet

September 23: A newcomer has joined the exhibits at Delhi's prestigious National Museum. She is all of 5000 years old, from the time of the Harappan Valley civilisation, and in skeletal form.Discovered from Rakhigarhi, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, the skeleton is remarkably well-preserved. Even the shell bangles in her left hand, are still intact, says a report...

Every Ball You Bowl, Every Shot You Play

July 31: A spy will be hired to keep a watch on the activities of cricket players in Pakistan. This decision has been made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The idea is to prevent the players from fixing any more matches.The spy will shadow the team, stay in the hotel and keep an eye on the cricketers. Like...

Little Ali’s Heart

August 12: One-year old Ali Haider was very sick. His tiny heart had a gaping hole in it. He also had an enlarged liver; lungs clogged with fluid, and he was terribly underweight. His parents searched high and low for someone who could cure their child, but in vain.The doctors in Pakistan, their own country, did not have the...

A Penalty Kick into Disaster

Where: Kandahar, AfghanistanJuly 22, 2000: It was the strangest football match that the Pakistani team had ever played. There they were in the city of Kandahar, in Afghanistan, for a match with a local team. Every sportsperson knows that home teams always get a lot more support than the visiting team, and is even prepared for it. But none...

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