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Oh my, my mother is making ‘besan laadus’ today
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The Laadu Makers

Even before my eyes open, my mouth starts watering. The
air vibrates with the smell of roasting besan and ghee. Oh my, my
mother is making ‘besan laadus’ today. Is it my birthday? Is it their
anniversary? I roll over and sniff the air. But it’s gone. Just like all the
other fragrances.

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The Esplanade Mansions built by David Elias Ezra
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India’s Jewish Presence: A Long Encounter

The Jewish presence in India is ancient. Jews were trading between West Asia and India since Biblical times. The Book of Kings mentions the trade during the time King Solomon, and the Talmud (record of the rabbinical commentaries and debates from the 2nd to 5th centuries), refers to specific items of trade such as ginger and iron.

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True, it was not the only sport I played there, nor was it even the first: I had arrived in the autumn of the year, and that could only mean one thing: we started with football
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The Narrow Grain: A Cricketing Experience Of An Academician

I only managed to survive Cambridge, to be honest, because I played cricket. True, it was not the only sport I played there, nor was it even the first: I had arrived in the autumn of the year, and that could only mean one thing: we started with football. It was bitterly cold, and at the end of the first half of the first game I played, I couldn’t feel my hands. Fortunately, I had a pair of gloves in my coat, which I had left in the changing room, and thereafter, I played with gloves on.

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Nissim Ezekiel (1924–2004)
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Nissim Ezekiel: A Poet of Wrestling Identities

Ezekiel’s pride in his Jewish and Indian heritage was juxtaposed with a deep sense of alienation from both, creating inner turmoil. Frequently, he grappled with the feeling of not truly belonging to either world.

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The Artist and the Critic

If Ezra Pound had mollycoddled T. S. Eliot when the latter sent his poem, “The Waste Land” to the former for his editorial suggestions, both friends together would probably have given the world “The Waste Land” that could have been a waste of time. Pound made considerable cuts to the original manuscript with his editorial poetic knife removing lines and sections that he considered superfluous or irrelevant.

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waheeda-scaled
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Waheeda Rehman’s Subtle Elegance and the Golden Age of Bollywood

Before stepping into Hindi films, though very new and young, Waheeda placed two conditions on the directors of her films. One, she would never wear revealing clothes “which will make me feel so uncomfortable that it will take away from my performance” and two, “I will retain my original name given to me by my parents, Waheeda Rehman and will not assume a screen name” which she stuck to right through her career.

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