History

Shivaji says – Statue!

What an irony! His democratic descendants, 400 years later, have downgraded his stature to a sheer statue made of some material that will certainly be nowhere close to the quality of his construction. His robust and well architected forts make it evident even today. The Maratha King constructed and won back many forts impregnable forts …

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Can Reading Habits Be Changed?

Doing away the dander of sycophancy, Loksatta, the largest Marathi daily has finally come out to peoples’ provisos. Recently, a daily published a survey in its Sunday edition, regarding the habits of reading, asking the opinions of library heads from different regions of Maharashtra. The libraries have survived for about a hundred years. Hence the …

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Habitual Melancholy of Worrying about Marathi

In one of the novels, by Marquez, a child was born with eyes wide open. In my late thirties when I read the novel, I asked my mother, whether I was born with eyes wide open. I asked my grandmother, all my aunts from mother’s and father’s sides whether that can be true. (Many of …

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Exploring Tradition and a New Culture

These boys have never visited any place like Lal Mahal, Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. They can’t speak a single language properly. They do not care for past or future. They are obsessed with the present. And I like that. They don’t respect the people they don’t know or they haven’t heard of. The …

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Acharya Atre: A Fighter Journalist

Circa 1958. Vengurla was a taluka (tehsil). One secondary school and three primary schools adorned the town then. Distant villages around had a few primary schools. The educational standard was good. There was a hospital (St Luke’s hospital) run by American missionaries popularly known as Batyache hospital in Vengurla where American surgeons stayed and worked as doctors. …

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Reincarnation of Bhau Padhye, The Writer: Manu Joseph

I read ‘Serious Men’. So far I had been reading the excerpts that publishers permitted on different websites and elsewhere. Till then I perceived it to be a novel packed with humour and acute observation. For example, “…their proud breasts bounced, soft thighs shuddered at every step” or “…and their new jeans were so low …

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Slavery – The Book, Mahatma Phule, and Obama

Seldom have politicians of this country offered moments to appreciate them. In recent times it has been a dream. What a way to meet and welcome the head of the most powerful state in the world! First you beat the seeds out of the grain of the consul general of that powerful state when almost …

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Editing a Rickety Magazine

The excerpt from a forthcoming book written by an editor of a rickety house magazine as an edit containing his autobiography in a nutshell with a vote of thanks to ‘living-ins’ with a literary criticism describing the literary journey of lifetime inducted with philosophical thoughts in the style of Aristotle avowing you to keep the …

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