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Podcast #15

Where Do Your Texts Go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your text (not Whatsapp) messages after you send them? How do they reach your partner, your best friend, your mother, and everyone else in your contacts?
How on earth do each – OK, most – of those 23 billion text messages sent every day get to their recipients?

You’ll find the answer in this video from AsapSCIENCE.

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“I believe in people. I believe that they would like to ‘only connect’. I believe they can find a way to sympathise. I believe in the power of human empathy,”. Jerry Pinto talks about his new book A Book of Light.

“As in many parts of the world, when underlying causes of conflict have not been addressed, there is no ‘post’ war harmony. Simmering discontent and bitterness in an uneasy ‘peace’ is most-often sought to be suppressed by aggressive troop deployment and repressive colonial laws … This everyday nature of occupation defines the rhythm of life in these margins.” The Caravan carries an excerpt from Garrisoned Minds, edited by Laxmi Murthy and Mitu Verma.

Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions by Ruskin Bond, has been shortlisted for the Printed Book of the Year (English) Award. The final winners will be presented the award during the Publishing Next conference in Kochi (15-17 September, 2016). Read an excerpt from the book.


‘Belonging is about race, history, colonial relationships, war-time camaraderie, and its betrayals and love. But beneath all this is a history of violence and a reminder that not all ghosts can be exorcised.’Book review of Belonging by Umi Sinha.

‘This little volume, like rain on dry earth, will seep in and fill up curiosities that you didn’t know existed.’ Book review of House Spirit: Drinking in India by Palash Krishna Mehrotra

The stories, poems and essays have three overlapping pitches: why we drink, the drinking games that we play once we get going and lastly, the downside when the going gets rough with drinks. As Fitzgerald puts it succinctly, “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
Book review of House Spirit: Drinking in India by Palash Krishna Mehrotra

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