Chau Mask Makers

Anil Sutradhar (92) recalls with pride that his art took him to places he had hardly dreamt of. The nonagenarian, who needs a stick to balance his wobbling legs, has hung outside his house a signboard with names of the ­countries he has visited and the years 

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All for a smile

Be it the first day at your dream job, your first presentation to the board of directors or your first award receiving ceremony from the global CEO — your smile is the foremost feature that people notice. For those who dread wearing braces and they need to

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Babble in Babel

What do economists do when a politician talks about economics? They snigger and respond in a patronising way with stories about the foolish and the ignorant. What do politicians do when an economist uses econometrics to make a political point? They start hopping about lest NDTV start snapping

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Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar

The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) for 2017–18 was launched by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on September 1. The award, instituted last year by the HRD Ministry, recognises government, government-aided and private schools that have undertaken significant steps to fulfil the mandate of the Swachh Vidyalaya campaign.

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Summer magic

The summer that the Indian men’s cricket team recorded a memorable home series win against the Australians, my 11-year-old came down with chickenpox. Predictably, I followed suit, and as we were the only two in the house and life had to move on, my aunt moved in

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A Rotarian’s literary feat

District Governor Elect Sayantan Gupta, D 3240, along with Dr Bina Biswas, recently called on the then President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They presented an English version of the Bengali ballad, Meghnad Badh Kabya, originally written by celebrated 19th century Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Gupta and

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