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These two novels by one writer, set in rural Rajasthan, venture into the darkness of personal spaces

These two novels by one writer, set in rural Rajasthan, venture into the darkness of personal spaces

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Updates from :  the scroll.in Excerpts from Anukrti Upadhyay’s novellas ‘Bhaunri’ and ‘Daura’. Bhaunri Bhaunri’s mother gave her grudging consent for the bidai after Bhaunri’s father visited her in-laws in their village and saw the fine house they lived in, and the fields and shop they owned, with his own eyes. The morning of the day her husband was to come and take her away, Bhaunri’s mother dressed her with care. She made her wear a red, wide-skirted ghaghra. The mirrors on her kanchali reflected the sun. A heavy borla was balanced on her forehead, silver chokers and coin-necklaces, stiff like the collars on the necks of bullock, chafed her long neck. Silver anklets, thick and twisted like the roots of an old banyan tree, hampered her gait. Her arms were covered from shoulde
Diplomats caution against PM visit to UAE in poll season

Diplomats caution against PM visit to UAE in poll season

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Modi likely to participate in shilanyas ceremony of temple in Abu Dhabi A high-level political visit to Abu Dhabi in the middle of the general elections would be detrimental to the long-term India-UAE relationship, veteran diplomats and commentators have said. The comments came after local reports from Abu Dhabi indicated that there is a likelihood of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a shilanyas event at an under-construction Hindu temple. “The United Arab Emirates is the most liberal of the Gulf monarchies and our relationship with them is also very old. However, a visit by the Prime Minister to participate in a shilanyas in election season will throw up visuals that will be used in the elections,” said Ambassador Rajiv Dogra cautioning ag
What to expect on an ultra-long-haul flight

What to expect on an ultra-long-haul flight

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Updates from : the Print : Such technological advances are opening up new possibilities. What can you do in 20 hours? Watch all of the films in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies? Run an ultra-marathon? Learn a new skill, using business author Josh Kaufman’s guide? Soon you’ll also be able to fly non-stop from London to Sydney or New York to Singapore, as global airlines race to offer 20-hour flights. Qantas says it’s aiming to unlock what it calls “the final aviation frontier” with direct flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York by 2022. Singapore Airlines wants to connect Singapore and New York by the end of the year, covering 9,521 miles (15,323 km) in 19 hours. So how do these ultra-long-haul flights work? And what do they mean for
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