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Lo and behold: A 1728 chart of the East Indian Ocean from the Islands of Maldivy to Cambodia. Image: raremaps.com
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Newton on the Ganges

Science has crowdsourced information for ages; Newton even tapped into the resources of the trusty sailors of the East India Company
The British Raj in India is of particular importance to the history of science because — writes David Arnold: “... the English East India Company... »
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My loss their gain

When in doubt, walk into the men’s parlour for a perfect haircut
As someone with very short hair, I am often congratulated upon my ‘low-maintenance’ hairstyle. But it needs cutting every six weeks, so it’s not r... »
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So I sat, as the mist rolled in and out, and read my book
PRESENT IMPERFECT

Alone, not lonely

In order to acquaint me with myself, I headed up the hills to Mukteshwar, far away from life
Last weekend, for the first time in my life, I went for a holiday by myself. The whole exercise began when a friend and I decided to head out for... »
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No man’s land: Gaza

Gandhi at the time of Gaza

What explains India’s current moral bankruptcy on the West Asia conflict?
International mediation efforts have stepped up a notch, but the Israeli offensive against the population of the Gaza Strip shows no signs of abat... »
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Joint ventures: The CWG in Glasgow, Scotland, hopes to generate advertising
and tourism revenues for the host and new business opportunities among the
participating countries

Game for profit

Global sporting events are increasingly turning venues for investment and trade promotion
The action on sporting fields is now spilling over into the backrooms as well. Global sporting events — be it the recently concluded football worl... »
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A walk in the clouds: Taking in the picture perfect, rain-soaked Khasi-Jaintia Hills. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Cloud ice cream

Must holidays always involve clear blue skies and sunscreen, rather than shades of grey and gumboots? Ask the clouds in Cherrapunji
It’s a name that almost every Indian can rattle out — even if prodded out of a deep sleep at 3am. A bit like Sachin Tendulkar or Shah Ru... »
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A cine buff finds herself in the company of the brothers Lumière at a museum in Lyon »

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