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BOOK REVIEW: Life after Ali by Rashida Tayabali

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  The story begins with Tasneem, a mother of two adolescent children, attending her husband Ali’s funeral at a mosque in Sydney. Ali’s sudden and untimely...
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Brisbane artist Naavikaran sings of ‘gender liberation and immigration’

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  If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then I am the entire solar system and beyond... as seen through my mother's eyes.  These...
'Ganga's Choice and Other Stories' by Vasanthi. Source: IANS

REVIEW: “Ganga’s Choice and Other Stories” by Vaasanthi

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  How free are women to make their own choices in the circumstances in which they find themselves? How do ordinary citizens become caught in...
Sudeep Chakravarti's 'The Eastern Gate: War and Peace in Nagaland, Manipur, and India's Far East'. Source: IANS

‘The Eastern Gate’ critical to understanding politics behind conflicts in northeast

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  The recent killings of civilians in Nagaland in an army operation gone awry has led to renewed debate over the controversial Armed Forces (Special...
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5 best songs by the talented A R Rahman

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  Perhaps one of India's most celebrated musicians and composers, A R Rahman has made an unforgettable mark in the music landscape. The Padma Bhushan awardee...

Zoe and Zara Wadekar, 7, debut as authors

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  “I was out for a walk when I saw a bee, and I immediately had a story idea that I wanted to write out,”...

Are we a tolerant society?

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  Are we a tolerant society? It has been seventy-five years since partition and after declaring ourselves a secular state. Do we mingle with all...

15-year-old youth wins Hornsby photo contest

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  15-year-old Aayush Chitnis’ photograph, ‘The Faces of Quarantine’, has won in the ‘Alone Together’ photography competition (Youth Category). The competition, held by the Hornsby...
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For Melb writer Vignesha Vishwanathan, 17, the main characters are numbers

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  In Melbourne student Vignesha Vishwanathan’s new book, Pi is a little ‘numberling’ who lives in Numberville. While the kids at school enjoy pulling each other’s...

Silent Night, Tamil style

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  Silent night, holy night All is calm, and all is bright Round yon virgin, mother and child Holy infant, so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in...
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South Asian artists in QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial

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  In the 10th edition of QAGOMA's Asia Pacific Triennial (APT10), the exhibition hopes to look to the future of art and the world we...

Saahil Bhargava pays homage to Aussie rock band Karnivool

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  Fresh off his debut EP released back in August, LA-based singer-songwriter Saahil Bhargava has unveiled what he’s dubbed an “homage” to one of Australia’s...
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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...

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Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

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  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
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‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

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  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

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...
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#MyWork: Prison officer Gurpreet Singh

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  Sydney’s GURPREET SINGH tells RAJNI ANAND LUTHRA about his work with Corrective Services NSW. My job title Deputy Superintendent Classifications and Placement, at the Silverwater Correctional...
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Review: Bhaukaal season 2 (MX Player)

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  There is no pre-defined meaning to the title, 'Bhaukaal', but colloquially in the local North Indian lingo, it egoistically means "in one's own style,...

Auntyji on the ethics of cross-racial surrogacy

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  Dear Auntyji I don’t know if you have watched a Hindi film on surrogacy on Netflix called Mimi, but I have a question for you...