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Passages from Pakistan

September 28 this year marks the 100th birth anniversary of my grandfather. My maternal grandfather — Sardar Sher Singh (1912-1994) — was not a famous man, not known to many people outside the circle of his family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours, but in this small group he was universally liked. For my part, like his five other grandchildren, I adored him....   | Read..
 
Letters to the Editor
Fast and furious
Sir — Bhaswati Chakravorty’s article, “A taste for violence” (Sept 6), was timely and perceptive. T ...  | Read.. 
 
EDITORIAL

SET TO WIN

The ‘appetite’ to win is not something that India has been known for in sports. This appetite is another name for will power,...   | Read..
 

FALLING ILL

Back injuries are much more than a health problem in China now. The illness has acquired the status of a State secret ever si...   | Read..
 
CHINA DIARY
 
For the nation
Can there ever be a meeting point between Hong Kongers and mainland Chinese? Not if the high-pitched campaign against the int...  | Read.. 
OPED
The dark side of white light
Before going to sleep, I usually read a book in the white light of a CFL bulb placed on the wall behind the bed. Later, after I have shut my eyes, and in the moments between w...  | Read.. 
 
What is it like to be a bat?
I am writing from the wilder margins of Delhi, where I am staying in one of those stillborn hotels with two-dimensional swimming pools and listless waiters with nothing to do....  | Read.. 
 
Shapes and shades
The lighting of the lamps had a kind of magic to it. Nowadays that time evokes nostalgia, and maybe a sense of the enormous inconvenience of inadequate light. But fiction and ...  | Read.. 
 
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