What is it like to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival?

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By Sunil Kumar I can answer this question as I’ve attended the Jaipur Literature Festival 5 times, 2012, 2013, 15, 17 and this year 2019. Mixed feelings about this self-proclaimed ‘largest show on earth.’ Admittedly, first experiences are often the …

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Who do you like better, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? And why?

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By Sunil Kumar Tricky question, but simple answer. I like both of them, but Sherlock Holmes definitely ranks higher in my mind. Reasons- Probably because I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ earlier, when I was 10 years old, and …

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Do Indian texts like the Vedas mention the ancient Persians and Iranians at all?

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By Sunil Kumar Giving an answer to your question would be reaching far back into hoary antiquity, when the concept of modern nation-states was not there, and the world was in a fluid civilizational construct. For example, the history of …

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What is the scientific reason according to Hinduism for ringing a bell before entering a temple?

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By Sunil Kumar There is a scientific, mystical and contemplative reason behind nearly every Hindu practice. Indic culture in general(includes Hinduism and Indic religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc) emerged from a world view that was focused on liberation …

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My 2nd Day At The 9th Tata Lit Fest

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By Sunil Kumar   Hello world, wordpress universe and my blog! Lest I forget and the globe soaks in my wisdom, here are my recollections set in digital stone. May the ephemeral winds of server pings keep them safe. Was …

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A Tale of Two Events: Writing, Cyberlaw And All That Jazz

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By Sunil Kumar   Time is quick. It zips by; giving you just a short window to reminisce and introspect. So; this blog post is going to be about two events that happened last week. Blah-blah on cyberlaw, cybersecurity at …

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Why did Emperor Domitian banish all the philosophers in Rome in around 93 A.D.?

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By Sunil Kumar According to historians; Titus Flavius Domitianus or Domitian was hated by the aristocracy; and is mainly known for the reign of terror in the final years of his reign. Writers Tacitus and Pliny the Younger claim that …

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Why did the Soviet government censor the opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Shostakovich?

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By Sunil Kumar Some of the reasons this opera was banned include; in-your-face sexuality that was perceived by the Soviet authorities as vulgar and anarchic; that would lead to disruption in society. Success abroad was termed by communist ideologues in …

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What is the impact of the Tudor period in the history of England?

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By Sunil Kumar Effects of the Tudor period on the history of England are quite profound. Indirectly; they were also quite substantially important for the country’s richest colony-to-be, India. England was a provincial backwater at the edge of Europe in …

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What if Hitler hadn’t killed himself?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting. Let us consider the day Hitler commits suicide in his underground bunker; April 30, 1945. Along with him; his two-day old wife Eva Braun and Alsatian dog Blondi.   In any case; the Germans were …

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