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Given that it was going to impact millions of Indians, While 2014 was a great year for which Koli has been found guilty.besides other charges like tampering with the police records.s cultural life, says Mueenuddin It is particularly gratifying that the ceremony is being held in India with whom we have had such a fraught relationship Indian readers will perhaps find through my stories that they have more commonality than differences with usthough a wire fence along the border separates the two countrieshe adds The final programme will start on April 7 in the capitaland will bring together the eight finalists from the different regions and their corresponding judges for a series of literary events which will include discussions with the authorsreadings and community and public events The final round of judging will take place in Delhi before the winners of the two categories of Overall Best Book and Best First Book are announced The Best First Book winner claims 5000 while the writer of the Best Book wins 10000 For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | London | Published: September 3 2009 12:11 pm Related News Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattison believes that sudden fame is making him paranoid an ruining his life The 23-year-old British hunk has become a heartthrob with his role as the lovelorn vampire Edward Cullen in the romantic flick ‘Twilight’ Pattinsonnamed ‘Sexiest Man Alive’is constantly trailed by paparazzi photographers and hoards of screaming fans wherever he goes He was recently hit by a taxi in New York while trying to escape some overzealous fansContactmusic reported “I have to look over my shoulder all the timebe super vigilant becauseat any momentsomeone could be filming or recording what I’m saying” said Pattinson Pattinson admits that he is finding it difficult to cope with his strange new life “I haven’t found one place in the world yet where I could disappear Even the most remote places I can imaginesomeone will ask me for a picture with them or an autograph HonestlyI didn’t think that I would be recognised so easily” Pattinsong told Premiere magazine in an interview “The most embarrassing is when friends ask you to meet up with them and you have to tell them’Sorry I can’t go to that place’ because you’re fully aware photographers will be waiting for you there I feel like such a weasel when things like that happenlike the world has to revolve around me” he said “I was in a restaurant during a breakand when I came out two hours later500 people were waiting for me at the exit It was total chaos “But I’m sure that if I’d said to one of those girls’Come onlet’s go have breakfast’ she would have been totally embarrassed and would never scream my name again” said the actorwho recently finished shooting ‘New Moon’the second part in the ‘Twilight’ series For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: December 5 2016 2:04 pm Rural life gives a whole new dimension to the concept of space There are no boxed apartments just plenty of open expanses to slouch around or cycle through Top News By Swati Saxena “Aapka naam” “Swati” “Swati kya Gurjar ho ya Agarwal” “Ji dono nahi Zarurat padne par Saxena likhti hu” At this point I fake a smile “Oh acha Baahar ki lagti ho yahan kaise ana hua” “UP se hun Yahan kuch kaam tha” Twenty-three more questions were lobbed at me after thisThis not-so-small talk happened on a train from Bhopal to Harda between a middle-aged man wearing Tide-washed white dhoti kurta and a pagdi and me It wasn’t the first such dialogue I have had not the last either by any means In fact by now I usually knew how to handle such questions and how to ignore the raised eyebrows Here’s some background on how and why this happened Like most privileged people in India I grew up looking at villages from a distance only through the windows of a train Initially it was the green fields cows and mud houses that formed the image of an ideal village to me Gradually it moved closer to perceived reality — women carrying pots of water on their heads and men working tirelessly in the fields — just the way mainstream Bollywood movies projected them A love for mountains and a deep curiosity to find out more about life there made me travel to Sarmoli village in Munsiyari Uttarakhand and then to Buriakhop village in west Sikkim earlier this year Life wasn’t drastically different except much simpler I’d get up early go on long walks talk to people in person more than over screens breathe clean air eat healthy food and appreciate nature Later I visited rural parts of Rajasthan and Maharashtra for a short while Throughout these trips I was a traveller or a volunteer or a guest either alone or in a group I was therefore treated like one — shown the best sites and provided with the best available services Practices such as child marriage and gender discrimination were easy to spot in some regions but there wasn’t much engagement with the issues That would happen later When does one stop taking risks and settle into a life of monotony Why does the fear of failure hold one back when all one wants to do is to follow one’s heart Perhaps it’s because we are taught to be safe than sorry But how would you know what lies behind a mountain unless you cross it An exciting opportunity knocked on my door just when I was beginning to tire of the monotony of my well-settled life and I embraced it with arms wide open but also with my eyes closed and mind numb I was selected as an India Fellow a 13-month-long experiential social leadership programme that lets you work with organisations involved in understanding and managing social issues at the grassroots Three months on I’ve been working with an organisation in Madhya Pradesh that aims towards a gender equitable and self-reliant society where women have access to and control over financial and other resources Apart from learning the technicalities of the sector and brushing up on my conversational as well as written Hindi a major part of my time is now spent in the tiny town of Harda Madhya Pradesh and its adjoining villages The interesting thing is that this life is not entirely unlike what I had imagined when I quit my job as a tax consultant which paid me enough to afford decent rented accommodation frequent overpriced eateries and pay hefty bills In the life that I find myself in now some of the stereotypes that I had subscribed to are actually partially true For instance the fields are emerald green in most villages and a lot of men work there Many women do too and each of them gets paid Rs 150-200 daily There are mud houses that remain cool in summer and warm in winters But there are huge bungalows as well and sometimes they don’t care about the smaller homes Cows goats buffaloes dogs and roosters are used for business or for religious propaganda whichever is convenient at the time There are days when I miss the city life I gave up the one that consisted of cheese nachos and “Up to 50 per cent off winter sale at Lifestyle” Then there are days when it feels like I’m back in the blissful ’90s The women I work with cook on chulhas (mud stove); my landlady washes clothes with a bat (not so much of bliss that one); all the women I know only wear saris as if they were born in one There are no restaurants just a few bhojanalayas and samosa stalls to satiate your junk food cravings There are a lot of bikes and bicycles but very few cars around Which means pollution is rare and smog doesn’t exist One of the best things about living outside a city is the accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables I have plucked and eaten lemons and guavas straight from trees and they taste far better And rural life gives a whole new dimension to the concept of space There are no boxed apartments just plenty of open expanses to slouch around or cycle through Of course the challenges are equally mind-boggling Caste-based and religious discriminations are real to an extent that some people ask your name only to know your surname and their behaviour towards is you is determined by your answer Gender discrimination is real too In Harda’s Abgaon village Parvati Bai 28 has eight daughters but she is pregnant again in the hope of bearing a son What is worse is that she’s not the only one I’ve met numerous women who are in the same plight either by choice or by force Patriarchy is almost a way of life and there are no questions asked of men Everything and everyone usually belongs to the men in the family be it to a tween son or to a 92-year-old grandfather-in-law During one of our meetings with a group of women in Nayagaon I was perplexed when a 13-year-old barged in and ordered his mother to not get involved with our initiative Her response was to look down smile and acquiesce He knew she’d be okay with his decision He knew she doesn’t have a say Illiteracy is real as well Some women write their names like a three-year-old — painstakingly but with a sense of achievement Yet others like to call themselves angootha-chhaap It has been interesting to watch how the recent demonetisation drive has played out in these villages where debit or credit cards aren’t accepted anywhere PayTm is unheard of When the drive was announced groups of school children took out rallies to make the community adults aware of how to exchange their Rs 1000 and Rs 500 as soon as possible In the absence of television in many houses the news reached late in many places only through word of mouth facts and rumours mixed together Since then it’s been a challenging time especially for those who are unlettered and even for those who have been abandoned by society Documentation remains a prime hurdle and the ones who suffer are usually those at the bottom of the pyramid like a widow from one of the lowest castes This contrast that I find myself in has taught me important things about life For starters it has taught me to blend in I can initiate a conversation with a bank manager in a village who doesn’t like women who talk as well as with a city doctor who thinks the world owes him a lot because of his degrees It has taught me that there are all types of people in all kinds of spaces — hardworking helpful honest cunning curious and complaining and it’s taken me time to manage a team that can’t write e-mails as smoothly as one that attends board meetings in crisp clothes It has taught me to not judge people as much as I used to earlier to understand that poverty is a very real thing and that a large number of people in our country needs to be empowered As I move between these very diverse spaces learning and unlearning things I am discovering new things about myself too I know now when to fake a smile at intrusive questions and when to stay quiet while a son lashes out at his mother I know too when to go back to confront him and give him some gyaan In an India that’s stuck between age-old beliefs and progress I am meeting myself in strange new ways Swati Saxena is a tax accountant-turned-freelance writer and an India Fellow She can walk miles for great coffee For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsA Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease A research team has discovered a group of molecules in the blood that they say can predict with 90% accuracy whether older people will develop Alzheimer’s disease over the course of 2 to 3 years Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s opens up the possibility that doctors will be able to treat the condition more effectively Animal Rights Extremists Increasingly Targeting Individuals According to a new report animal rights activists have dramatically shifted their tactics over the last decade targeting individual researchers and the businesses that support them instead of going after their universities Elephants Have Learned to ‘Understand Human’ Researchers have discovered that African elephants can tell certain human languages apart and even determine our gender relative age and whether we’re a threat just by listening to us The discovery illustrates how elephants sometimes try to protect themselves from human actions Crohn’s Disease Marked by Dramatic Changes in Gut Bacteria Crohn’s disease causes painful intestinal inflammation and affects about half a million people in the United States Now the largest clinical study of its kind has revealed that patients with Crohn’s seem to have an imbalance of good and bad gut bacteria The study could lead to new less invasive diagnostic tests; it also shows that antibiotics—which are often given when patients first present with symptoms—may actually make the disease worse The Key to the Next Energy Revolution Natural gas is great at heating our houses but it’s not so good at fueling our cars—at least not yet Researchers have discovered a new and more efficient method for converting the main components in natural gas into liquids that can be further refined into either common commodity chemicals or fuels The work opens the door to displacing oil with abundant natural gas—and reducing both carbon emissions and society’s dependence on petroleum in the process FIRST at Last: Controversial Bill Introduced to Guide US Science Policies A proposal to reshape a major chunk of the US government’s science funding enterprise has finally been formally introduced The Frontiers in Innovation Research Science and Technology (FIRST) Act has already met with a lot of opposition from university groups and Democrats in the US House of Representatives The Republican proposal is the latest salvo in a yearlong battle with Democrats over the nature of federal support for basic research that clearly exposes the differences between the two parties The full House science committee is expected to take up the legislation in early AprilWritten by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: September 23 2009 2:54 am Related News Senior BJP leader Gyan Chand Gupta filed his nomination papers from the Panchkula constituency at the SDM office in Sector 1Panchkulaon Tuesday His wifeBimla Deviis the covering candidate This was the first nomination filed in Panchkula since the process began on September 18 The last date for filing of nominations is September 25 Detailing the list of assets disclosed by Gupta in his nominationsBJP leader Varinder Garg said: He owns total assets worth Rs 5 crore while his wife owns assets worth Rs 2 crore?Cantt and NaraingarhAmbala: Seven candidates filed their nomination papers from the three constituencies of Ambala Cantonment,000 crore at the end of the Congress government’s term in 2013, For all the latest India News, Using the dogs.

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