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          Chandra Shekhar Azad is synonymous with the Indian struggle for freedom. Born on July 23, 1906 at Bhawra village in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh, he was named Chandra Shekhar Tiwari by his parents. He learned archery at a nascent age. His mother, Jagrani Devi wanted him to study Sanskrit and become a Sanskrit scholar. As a result, his father, Sitaram Tiwari sent him to study at Kashi Vidyapeeth in Banaras to study.  ...
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February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day. It is celebrated on this day and month, every year. It is a day to dispel all myths about cancer and take a moment to pause and educate ourselves about cancer, its causes and how to take preventive measures and seek remedies. Today, cancer is curable too; what is required at this moment is the appropriate information to battle and eliminate it.   The Emperor of all Maladies by physician, researcher and award-winning writer, ...
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today." - Martin Luther King, Jr.   In those words, uttered as they were with passionate zeal on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. summed up the simple needs of the sidelined American man. Equality – The simple demand that the black man will be considered...
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  Even as I sit awake through nights penning down about the pain, anger and angst each Indian is going through today – my heart and soul weeps at the heinous brutality of what happened to a 23-year old  student who was gang raped in Delhi on 16th December 2012.   Thank you BookChums, it is an honour to be invited again by Kabita Sonowal to write on this burning topic.  I just wish to share ‘a few sparks’ that might ignite a ligh...
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  A French philosopher, author and journalist, the 1913-born Albert Camus was also known for the absurdism philosophy. Before his death in an automobile accident in 1960, Camus became the second-youngest recepient of the Nobel Prize in 1957. The youngest recepient of the Nobel Prize is Rudyard Kipling. Despite been associated with various labels during his lifetime, Camus rejected all such associations and tags.   Camus's writing career began during the Se...
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  The winter is mercifully mild in the city, so I am not exactly wrapped like a cocoon in shawls. A very pleasant season, I say! I might get used to your city, you know…Anyway, here is this week’s edition of questions that we have specially selected for this post. Happy reading!   Q. Help me please! I have a girlfriend of the intelligent, romantic type and would like to gift her some books on passion, love and friendship on her birthday. A...
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  He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though — and loathed him. Within two minutes, or even less, he had forgotten all his troubles. Not because his troubles were one whit less heavy and bitter to him than a man’s are to a man, but because a new and powerful interest bore them down and drove them out of his mind for the time - just as men’s misfortunes are forgotten in the excitement of new enterprises.- The ...
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  There are some people in this world who do know what they want to do, the question of choice, hesitation or dilemma doesn’t rise. Such is the happy case of Charles Schulz, an American cartoonist who spent 50 of his 78 living years in drawing daily comic strips for his creation Peanuts. Born in 1922, Minneapolis, Schulz was Carl Schulz and Dena Halverson's only child. He was nicknamed 'Sparky' after a comic strip character by his uncle. Sparky grew up to b...
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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its lovliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. - John Keats, Endymion   We come to the third act now, as Keats immersed himself in verse and brought out a first collection called Poems that his publishers were much ashamed of, though a few critics saw promise in him.  Keats promptly chan...
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  Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever--or else swoon to death. - John Keats   When no one knows for sure, one speculates and lo, legends are made. The above lines from Bright Star were inspired, they say, when Keats was resting his head on the heart of his lover, Fanny Brawne. Such was Keats, a star tha...
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