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When Charlie Chaplin sailed for the United States of America in 1910, along with him went Arthur Stanley Jefferson - better known as Stan Laurel. Born on June 16, 1890, Laurel slogged away on the Vaudeville circuit while Chaplin was busy gaining fame. It was in 1927 that he was cast in a film alongside a comic from Georgia
Jun 16, 2018 00:00 IST

The taste of Blood

Lynchings, which continue unabated, reveal the existence of old, resilient anxieties embedded in a seemingly cosmopolitan fabric
Jun 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Work out; Ageless technique; Help at hand; Small world

Work out

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Ageless technique

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Help at hand

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Small world

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Jun 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Disarming light

Cinema is a luminescent medium. I'm thinking now of its original form: black and white, where the source of the image - light - is obvious. Movies came into their own when they were shot, either in an interior or outdoors, during the day or in the studio or under arc lights that reproduced the day. The subject of fiction might be the narrator's thoughts or the protagonist's actions; a painting's might be a moment or a scene; but the subject of black and white movies was light, and, on some level, the transformation of the day into night.
Amit Chaudhuri — Telling tales  Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Lost earth

Long before air-conditioners became as common as the fan, the oppression of the prolonged spell of extreme summer heat was somewhat alleviated by the appearance of the golden fruit of the season - luscious mangoes. The other object that brought comfort was the earthen pitcher or kalsi, which, in another avatar, was known as the kunjo or surahi. The latter had a long neck and a bulbous belly, and both kalsi and kunjo were much sought after because of their ability to cool drinking water that, by some mysterious chemical reaction, became scented with the aroma of rain falling on parched ground when stored in these containers. People of a certain age will remember how railway stations in Bihar would once resound with the cries of men selling the kunjo made of black earth that had extraordinary cooling properties.
SOUMITRA DAS Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

World's cup

Once every four years, the world fits perfectly in a cup. This year, the football World Cup - the competition is a magnet that draws the whole of the world - is being organized by Russia. The interest in the tournament can only be described as phenomenal. Thirty-two teams - the number has been raised to 48 for the 2026 edition - their staff and innumerable supporters have descended on Russia to partake in the spectacle. The tremors can be felt even in such distant lands as Calcutta, which has already begun its ritual of honouring its favourite teams with art - wall graffitis are common - and affection. Hearteningly, India's dismal Fifa ranking has never been an obstacle to the public adulation for the competition.
Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Risky state

The failure to prepare is preparing to fail. A national risk index, prepared by the Union home ministry with the help of the United Nations Development Programme, shows just how unprepared Indian states are to deal with natural and man-made disasters. The index, hearteningly, takes a rounded approach. It factors in not just susceptibility to natural disasters and actions taken by the states to mitigate risk, but also economic vulnerabilities of the people - this is key as the underprivileged often bear the brunt of a disaster - and growing challenges posed by environmental changes. Maharashtra is the most vulnerable state, followed by West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. 
Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

History repeats itself

WHEN THE MOON SHINES BY DAY By Nayantara Sahgal, Speaking Tiger, Rs 399
Ameena Ansari Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Risk at the riverside

SAVAGES AND OTHER NEIGHBORS By Michael Chacko Daniels, Writers Workshop, Rs 1,000
Bhaswati Chakravorty Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Crash theory

LAID TO REST: THE CONTROVERSY OVER SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE'S DEATH By Ashis Ray, Roli, Rs 595
Aniruddha Chakraborty Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

New Indians

STRANGERS NO MORE: NEW NARRATIVES FROM INDIA'S NORTHEAST By Sanjoy Hazarika, Aleph, Rs 799
Sudipta Bhattacharjee Jun 15, 2018 00:00 IST

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