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Where is the Rare Blind Dolphin Found?

freshwater dolphin, Indus river, Pakistan
What comes to mind at the mention of Varanasi? The peals of temple bells in this ancient pilgrim town; people performing puja at the ghats and elsewhere; bodies being cremated at the banks of the river Ganga. Do dolphins come to mind?Dolphins?! That happy looking performing artist which looks more like a shiny inflated balloon toy? Yes, and this...

Ali Sardar Jafri

He was a poet who spoke out for the poor. He was also one who truly believed that India and Pakistan could be friends, if the countries tried hard enough. From the time he was arrested for writing against British rule in India, to when he climbed onto the famous Lahore "peace" bus with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee...

The Quake that rocked Gujarat

Where: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IndiaFebruary 5, 2001 : It was 8.45 am on January 26, 2001. A day when the country was celebrating Republic Day. Like their counterparts across India, the people of Ahmedabad, in the western state of Gujarat, were settling down to watch the Republic Day Parade on television. Basant Rawat was one of them.Suddenly the earth began...

Conquering Britain!

Where: Birmingham, UKNovember 25, 2000: A few weeks ago, we wrote about Indian-born Roshan Doug, who has been selected as the poet-laureate for the city of Birmingham in Britain. Close on the heels of that news comes another: Birmingham councillors will be giving an Indian name to a few suburbs in the city.Birmingham's Apna TownApna Town (our town) will...

Who’s Who at the Zoo

"Who’s Who at the Zoo" is an amazing book of animals by Ruskin Bond. Published by National Book Trust, India.Each animal is special; none too stupid or ugly, says the author. Out of 24 animal friends talked of in the book, here are some for you.The Zoo is For YouIn an overcrowded world, where the forests and...

A Soldier’s Death is a Soldier’s Death

Where: New Delhi, IndiaMay 16, 2000: Today's newspapers must have given some relief to Indian Army men. For, George Fernandes, the Defence Minister of India, has finally agreed to their demands. Their demand was that the family of every jawan, or soldier, killed in action must get the same compensation amount of Rs 1 million ($23,255) from the Government...

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