Tag Archives: Indian history

WHERE THERE’S A WOMB THERE’S A WAY, PART 2

So before I was so rudely interrupted by Mick Jagger, we were talking, appropriately enough, about the history of contraception. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING: I was just about to tell you how they tried to stop having babies in China. … Continue reading

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THE WOMAN BEHIND LOVE’S GREATEST MONUMENT

 In the west we think of Romeo and Juliet as the archetypal lovers, the ultimate romantic couple. Yet India has perhaps better claim to the accolade than Italy; if you want to find a monument to the world’s greatest love … Continue reading

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THE GREATEST BOOK IN HISTORY?

What would you nominate? For many people it’s the Bible, or the Q’ran. For those not of a religious persuasion, it might be Homer’s Odyssey or the Works of William Shakespeare. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the entrant from … Continue reading

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extract from my Nook First choice, VENOM

Saigon, 1968 Tet, the Lunar New Year. For the Vietnamese it was the year’s major festival, like Christmas and Easter packed into four days. Not only this, the Vietnamese do not celebrate individual birthdays; at Tet, everyone becomes one year … Continue reading

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TWENTY ONE GRAMS

(This post was carried over from yesterday because of the Internet strike against SOPA) On this day sixty four years ago, Mohandas Gandhi called off one of the most famous hunger strikes in history. Shortly after partition, sectarian violence rocked … Continue reading

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