Sunday Long Reads: redevelopment of Central Vista, contagion in crafts, relationship with nature

When Central Vista had space and light for everyone

As the Central Vista redevelopment project proposes to remake the heart of the nation’s capital, here are some memories of cultural spaces that have saved the history of a nation and a patch of democratic greenery that has opened its arms to all in a city of ambitions.


How an art exhibition explores ways of seeing contagion

Ant carrying leaf fragments; from the exhibition “ Putting the ant in antibiotics ” (courtesy: John Innes Center, UK / Science GAllery, Bengaluru)

On February 21, 2003, 16 people from all over the world, including a tourist from Toronto, a couple based in the UK and a flight attendant from Singapore, checked into the Metropole Hotel in Hong Kong and brought home the syndrome. severe acute respiratory (SARS) with them. They likely never met the source, a 64-year-old doctor from Guangdong, China, who was in town for a family wedding. But they probably inhaled the aerosol particles emitted when the doctor vomited in the ninth floor hallway. The contact is believed to have led to around 546 cases of SARS across the world.


How successive Indian presidents have patronized the sport and also become champions

1913 IPA Championship The Viceroy staff team, winner of the 1913 IPA Championship, with Lord Hardinge (courtesy Rashtrapati Bhavan Photo Gallery)

The British weekly – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – published an article on June 3, 1911 about a formidable cricket team from a foreign country. Edward Humphrey Dalrymple Sewell, famous cricketer and first-class journalist, reported the arrival of India’s first cricket team led by Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala. It was barely six months before the Delhi Durbar of December 1911. Sports and games, of course, were an integral part of the British Raj. Cricket, in particular, was extremely popular among the British and Indians.


How to get in touch with nature

ranjit lal lion Lionheart: It takes some courage to stroke an adult beast, even if it has been raised from the time it was a howling runt (Source: Ranjit Lal)

How well do you “bond” with creatures in the natural world? Other than the three dogs, I never had a “relationship” with any other creature, except maybe with the pair of goldfish that I had to take care of and who had started to recognize me only because, I guess. , I had fed them. Decades ago, my sister raised a baby squirrel that fell from its destroyed nest. She even took her to the school of the convent she attended (so that she could have a good education) and let her run free when she was old enough: she would spend the days outside and come home. at home in the evening until she presumably finds her partner.


Why Pebbles’ father-son tale is both a heart and a brilliant profession

Between a rock and a hard place: a still image from the Tamil movie Koozhangal (Pebbles)

Koozhangal (Pebbles) is set in an empty, dark and barren landscape. The earth is cracked and parched. Vegetation is sparse, the trees look more like stunted bushes. Harsh sunlight
is reflected on a group of protruding rocks that appear to be there since the dawn of time. The primitive setting, in the heart of rural Tamil Nadu, is more than a character in this astonishing and moving film: this is where it all springs.
An angry man walks into his young son’s school, pulls him out of the classroom, and asks him a question that no child ever wants to be faced with. “Who do you love the most, your mother or me?” The little boy has no answer. Her eyes, reflecting her unease and fear, speak.


Why our collective suffering should make us take better care of others and our nation

Safe Haven: Love of neighbors and affection of loved ones thrive on freedom and independence, it is unstructured, script-free and unfettered love

Everyone in our country is experiencing loss and every home is affected by COVID-19. Sometimes I feel like I’m a ticking time bomb, waiting to get infected with the coronavirus. No one seems safe, no one strong enough to be spared.
Abha and Ajay Kumar were my neighbors in Delhi. Their children and us brothers and sisters grew up together and went to preschool and elementary school and beyond. They quickly became friends of my parents and their children inseparable from us. I called them aunt and uncle, and this bond has been built throughout my life.


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