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Oceans Apart

Padman Menon was about to go to a job that paid better and did not require him to live in tents in the desert. But his tone was wistful as he remembered his retirement ceremony in January. “Leaving the uniform is kind of sad, the navy is part of our family for...

Thewa: Ancient art for modern times

The jewelry is beautifully laid out on Neelam Bhalla’s dining table. The late morning sun enhances the vivid blues and greens in the pendants and picks out the delicate filigree of the 23-karat gold that is worked into them. Each piece is a work of art and one can...

Something about Mira

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Sign or Illusion?

After the attack on the Indian Parliament on Dec. 13, the Indian public was roused to anger, the nation mobilized half-a-million troops along the Pakistan border, America and other powers deferred to India’s right of self-defense, and Pakistan vowed to stop what it...

Triumph of the Dispossessed

Naipaul clearly does not feel this way about India, or about his native Trinidad. In fact, in a truly rude gesture, he mentioned only India and the U.K. in his Nobel acknowledgement speech—not a word about Trinidad. He has become an internationalist, even though being...