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World cinema in Delhi

The second edition of the 10-day Habitat International Film Festival in Delhi, which starts today, will screen around 70 films from around the world that Delhiites may not get a chance to see otherwise. “People in Delhi watch a lot of…

FLOCK MUSIC: REMEMBERING THE TITANS

Long before it was fashionable, a dedicated band of conservationists braved the fashions of the day to protect what they knew was a vanishing heritage. Those who sought such protection in the days of shikar, had to cope with both derision…

Urdu fever strikes again

The Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind) or Urdu Ghar, in collaboration with the Ghalib Institute and the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, is holding a four-day Urdu Ghar Literary Festival, starting Friday. The Delhi-based Anjuman…

Desert highs in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh begins with a serious altitude check. Leh, where most trek operators will have you land/drive to, is at an elevation of 3,500m, almost halfway up some Himalayan peaks. This sudden ascent usually brings on altitude…

Stephen Hawking, the TV star

Famed physicist, cosmologist and writer Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday morning. He was born on 8 January 1942, exactly 300 years after Galileo died, and today is 14 March, which happens to be his old rival Albert Einstein’s…