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Bollywood singing veteran Udit Narayan. Source: Twitter

Favourite Udit Narayan songs, on his 66th birthday

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  Udit Narayan is remembered as one of the most prominent voices from the '90s era of Bollywood. Even today, his voice retains a fresh...
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REVIEW: Two Parties One Stor(e)y

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  Roshni & Vikram on one side, Mary & Peter on the other, are about to be introduced to their future daughters-in-law. What starts out...
Norah Jones, Arooj Aftab, and barack Obama. Source: Twitter

Norah Jones, Arooj Aftab, & Obama on Grammy nominees list

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  'Mohabbat', the song that Barack Obama had listed as one of his summer playlist favourites for 2021, has earned Pakistani performer-composer Arooj Aftab two...
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Kumar Mehta’s ‘The Exceptionals’: how the best become the best

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  There are the achievers and there are the exceptionals. In his first book, The Innovation Biome, Kumar Mehta, one of whose many hats is...
A Colour-Coated Identity by Bala Mudaly. Image supplied

REVIEW: Colour-Coated Identity

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  They say everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes that story is funny; in other instances, tragic. But the joy of hearing that story...

VIC: Women’s Public Art Program applications open

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  In an attempt to ensure the achievements of inspirational women are better represented and recognised, the Andrews Labor Government is introducing a new program...

On Chint Singh, a World War II POW rescued by the Australian Army

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  In late September 1945, at the end of World War II, Lt F.O. Monk of the Australian Army helped rescue a group of Indian...

Gauri Torgalkar: An Australian floral tribute to Diwali

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  In a wonderfully different exhibition of Australian native flowers that opened this week, Sydney-based artist Gauri Torgalkar weaves in a familiar Indian theme, Diwali. Or...
Indian Link Radio Diwali party playlist

Diwali party playlist 2021 – Indian Link Radio

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  Today, we celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Since good has finally defeated evil, party toh banti hai! With the house filled with lovely...

Being a ‘Chutney Mary’ and an unlikely romance with India (Book Review)

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  For Melbourne-based social and political researcher Valerie Britton-Wilson, India has long held inexplicable allure. In her latest book A Touch of India she details...
John Lang (left) and Rani Lakshmi (right). Source: Goodreads, Wikimedia commons

John Lang, Rani Laxmibai’s Aussie attorney against the British (review)

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  John Lang, In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi and Other Travels in India, Speaking Tiger, 2015; Rupa Publications 2016.  Har-Anand publications 2015;...

Melbourne musician Ashwarya is making her own rules

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  “I love you like biryani,” croons Melbourne-based musician Ashwarya in the opening line of one of her most popular hits. A few seconds later,...
Best friends and protagonists of 'Seasons of Life' Yanchano, Tsumungi and Pithunglo.

Foraging and fermenting bamboo shoot: Dolly Kikon’s documentary

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  Melbourne-based academic and Naga woman Dr Dolly Kikon turned filmmaker in her newly released documentary ‘Seasons of life: Foraging and fermenting bamboo-shoot during ceasefire’....
Rehana concentrating on her artistic creations. Source: Supplied

Rehana Badat: Making it…on TV

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  “I still have to pinch myself sometimes to remind myself it’s real,” Rehana Badat gushed. “I can’t believe I get to be on television!” The...
Vidya Makan as Catherine Parr in a musical touring Australia in 2020. Source: James D Morgan

Vidya Makan: Breaking the coloured glass ceiling

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  “Diversity is part of my identity, so being a minority and talking about marginalised voices is part of my story. In anything I write,...
LYN INNES

From an Indian Palace to the Outback: The Last Prince of Bengal (Review)

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  The Last Prince of Bengal is the intriguing true story of one of India’s most powerful royal families. It’s a fascinating tale about Nawab...
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Jhm: Santorini in her sights

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  For her parents’ 25th anniversary last year, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Jhm wanted to gift them something special, but her hands were tied with the state’s...
'Waiting for Turtles' book cover. Source: IANS

Book Review: Waiting for Turtles by Pankaj Sekhsaria

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  Children's publishing house Karadi Tales has brought out an illustrated book to raise awareness about the oldest group of reptiles, turtles through a story...
Artist, writer, and community dream practitioner Manisha Anjali.

A Covid-19 community dream journal

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  Since COVID-19 swept the globe last year, researchers across disciplines and borders came to a curious conclusion. That this nightmare of a pandemic has...
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The Visnu Purana by McComas Taylor

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  The Vishnu Purana was the earliest Purana to be translated from the Sanskrit and published in English, in 1840, by H H Wilson. An important Pancharatra text...
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Dr McComas Taylor: Translating the Vishnu Purana into English

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  McComas Taylor first felt drawn to Sanskrit when he saw Peter Brook’s television production The Mahabharata in the late 1980s. Today, as an academic at...

Untold stories from the Raj era

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  So many stories about India’s independence movement and partition still remain hidden, unsung and untold. So, it is with delight that I came upon...

‘Tagore’s books were way ahead of their time’

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Although it was Kabuliwalah that drew her closer to Tagore, it was his words about the emancipation of women in the 19th century that really resonated with Radha.
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Vishnu idol made of black stone found in Bangladesh

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  An idol of Vishnu weighing about 12 kg has been recovered from the Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla in Bangladesh. The black stone idol is about...
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Book Review: The Snow Line by Tessa McWatt

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  At its core, Tessa McWatt’s The Snow Line is a book about belonging. It conveys a message that many migrants to Australia will understand...
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3 ‘killer’ books to read this weekend

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  We present to you, three books that have something to do with ‘killing’ - one way or another! Amnesty by Aravind Adiga Aravind Adiga’s new novel,...
A Taste of Time (left) by Mohona Kanjilal (right)

A tribute to the food of Kolkata by Mohona Kanjilal

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  Mohona Kanjilal’s latest book, A Taste of Time: A Food History of Calcutta (Speaking Tiger), is a love letter to a city. Even as she explores...
Spotlighted is Sagarika Venkat

Dancing for a cause: 11-yr-old Sagarika Venkat

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  It was a unique experience watching the young Sagarika Venkat on stage. The 11-year-old Year 6 student presented her first full-fledged solo Bharatanatyam performance...
fiji-baat by salvin kumar book one cover

Fiji-Baat: A children’s series about language and identity

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  Before we got to Fiji, I had never really talked to Nana. Mum would sometimes give me the phone to say hello. I would...

On the spirit of music: meet Sydney band Goldfynch

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  If this year has been tough on your travel plans and wanderlust, how about ballooning over Paris instead? For Sydney-based musical duo Niyati and...

Podcasts

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

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  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

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  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
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Review: Bob Biswas

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  This film focuses on the assassin Bob Biswas, a character conceived by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala’s Kahaani ( 2012) starring Vidya Balan, thus...
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Gita Gopinath to become IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director

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  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that Gita Gopinath, currently chief economist of the IMF, is set to succeed Geoffrey Okamoto as the...
Photographer Naidu Kumpatla and his shot of a Laughing Kookaburra tossing her catch. Images supplied

Naidu Kumpatla: Bird Man

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  It’s Sunday night and bird photographer Naidu Kumpatla has just returned to his Perth home from a weekend at Camel Soak in outback WA. The...