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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

Opeds

Living off the dead

Egypt offers moments of déjà vu once you get past the morbid fascination with the dead. Nilova Roy Chaudhury explores one of the great ancient civilizations of the world.

For the joy of a sabbatical

Four people dropped out of the rat race for a while to trek, volunteer, paint or simply to sit back and relax, reports Kinjal Dagli.

It could happen to you

Aarushi Talwar and Neeraj Grover were People Like us, who became victims of living in a society bred on consumerism and intense frustration. Life in the metro can be lethal — for any of us, report Pallavi Polanki & Shalini Singh.

‘The shock value of crime is diminishing’

A toy shop owner has witnessed a certain warmth and conscience evaporate from the lifestyle of people in the city, reports Nivriti Butalia.

Being mommy on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, Sunday HT brings a mix of stories: a father’s riproaring attempts at babysitting; the ‘patriarchs’, the scapegoats on the silver screen; and testimonies of heartbreak and fortitude from old-age homes.

No country for old men

His emotions are stacked up like matches in a box, dry but potent, writes Praveen Donthi.

For five years, an abandoned father hasn’t met his son

Seventy-year-old Brij Mohan Garg, a former gazetted officer with the Ministry of External Affairs, is not asking for much on Father’s Day, writes Abhishek Sharan.

Kitney aadmi aatey hai re, aajkal yahaan?

For the urban gypsy in me, it was a long awaited pilgrimage to the spot from where Gabbar Singh entered the psyche of every Indian film watcher – his den, high up in the rocky terrain of the Western Ghats in Ramanagaram, writes KV Lakshmana.

Serials are sucking out our happiness

If you switched on the TV news channels to find out what was happening in Aarushi murder case, this is what you would have got: non-stop chatter about everything except the questions you wanted answers to know, writes Poonam Saxena.

Going à la carte

But then, beyond nutrition and health, food is also a way for preserving one’s identity, writes Namita Kohli.

Into the silence of crowdless Jersey City

Despite Wal-Marts, gleaming turnpikes and desi stores, lifeless suburbs make a loner out of an Indian holidaymaker, writes Sorab Ghaswalla.

Space, the final frontier

Going into space won’t be cheap but it will completely change the future of the human race and maybe determine whether we have any future at all, writes Stephen Hawking.

Mighty mums

It’s Mother’s Day, and Sunday HT profiles a few extraordinary women who chose to do the most ordinary thing in life: become mommies.

One for the family

Looking back means knowing the family hierarchy, adjustments in taste and entering kitchens that are so full of smells and stories that they inevitably lead to other smells and other stories, writes Paramita Ghosh.

Crores for cricket

Economists, who have been raving about the auction as another triumph of the free market, have suggested that the system should be used for selecting CEOs, writes Manas Chakravarty.
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