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By all means use sometimes to be alone!

Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear!

— George Herbert

I recently finished reading Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri. It was first released as Dove Mi Trovo in Italian, which literally translates to Where I Am. Even though it is a story of an unnamed narrator in an unnamed city, I couldn’t help but imagine Lahiri as that narrator in a city somewhere in Southern Italy. It is a novel with the protagonist being an older woman, but somehow I could relate to her. I can picture myself being in her position…

Imagine Bapu Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar in a rap battle. Or Sardar Patel with a Pandit Nehru diss track. Someone, please make this happen.

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Recently, a YouTube video by a channel called Quick Reaction Time from 2017 showed up on my timeline. The host asks young people on the street about the Indian independence movement and our Freedom Fighters in the video. And the answers given by the people were disappointing, to say the least.

My first reaction to the video was — What a bunch of stupid people. But then I thought, that’s arrogant and sneering of me to think that way. I knew all the answers to the questions in the video because history was my favourite subject in school, and I…

From Nehru to Modi, famed Indian Prime Ministers filled sports stadiums even in foreign countries.

Original photo by Sandro Schuh on Unsplash. The logo of Dynamo Moscow is the trademark of the club.

India received independence from the British Raj in 1947. This year was also the beginning of the Cold War between the United States of America (USA) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Both countries were trying to influence other countries in the world. The USSR supported the Communist Party of India to overthrow the newly formed Indian government, but they failed. Soon after, the USSR changed their strategy. They decided to impress and woo India to their side.

In Soviet Policy Toward India: Ideology and Strategy, author Robert H. Donaldson writes: It no longer mattered if a country…

A theatre for national ego and regional pride.

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The mountainous northeastern Indian state of Nagaland formally received its statehood on 1 December 1963. Before 1963, there was violence and high unrest with the region’s local tribes against Delhi's central government for many years. The horrors faced by Naga people in the 1950s are well documented. Even after 1963, there have been periods of unrest and dissatisfaction for our brothers and sisters in the North East. Even today, the armed tension continues.

Though there was a time when peace prevailed in the towns and forests of Nagaland, that year was 1973. Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister, and someone…

If there is one book I wish every Indian read, it is India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha.

Book Cover of ‘India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy’

History was my favourite subject at school. However, I didn’t learn India’s contemporary history (1947-present) back then because my history teacher taught only till the day of Independence, i.e. 15 August 1947. I didn’t know much of what happened after that. I was born in 1992, and a bit I knew of the period before that was the account of my parents and some stories from old news clippings, magazines and documentaries. I wasn’t satisfied…

12 June 2018 was a historic day in international affairs. President of the United States, Donald Trump met with Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un for the first time at Singapore Summit. I happen to be in Singapore on the same day. Thanks to a long layover at Changi Airport and the United States visa in my Indian passport, I was able to take a free 2.5 hours long tour of the remarkable city-state.

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I have visited Singapore twice. Earliest as a 15-year-old in 2008 on my first travels outside India and then again in 2018 when I…

I look at life as a Richard Linklater film. It is mostly made of ordinary days. But on some days, unique connections and conversations make life exciting — that’s when you think life as an extraordinary gift.

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Photo: The city of Vienna in Austria where Before Sunrise takes place.

Linklater has been trying to give life a meaning since the 1980s. Many consider Boyhood (2014), a film about growing up as his best work. No doubt it is a brilliant film, but for me, his best work is the ‘Before’ trilogy (1995–2013) collectively. The love story of an American man…

European microstates of Andorra, Liechtenstein and Monaco are ruled by Princes, not Kings or Queens. They all are members of the United Nations but not the European Union.

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Photo: All three remaining Principalities are in Continental Europe.

It’s the year 2020. There are about 200 countries in the World, and one-fifth of them still have a monarch as Head of state. From the mighty United Kingdom’s much loved British Royal Family to the tiny Vatican City’s powerful Papacy, they all are lead by different monarchies. Some of them are absolute, and others are constitutional or semi-constitutional. Most of these Heads…

There is a French connection to this.

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Two years ago, I flew from Mumbai to Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) and then travelled by car to Thalassery, a coastal town in the state of Kerala to attend a friend’s wedding.

I was on Team Bride, and I had a great time at the wedding. The guests were served a variety of rich and flavoursome food on both days. The only thing lacking at the wedding was cocktails. When it comes to liquor, Kerala has had different rules over the years. At that time, there were several restrictions on the sale…

Wind Power | Glasgow, United Kingdom © 2020 Abhijeet Dangat

I often take pride in being able to tell the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England. You would expect most people to know the difference between the unitary sovereign state, the island and the constitute country, but I’ve realised the things one thinks are common knowledge are actually not that common.

For those who do not know, the full name of the unitary sovereign state is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I’ve had a chance to travel to three out of four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, and my favourite among them…

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