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Street performances as an art form have existed since time immemorial, with musicians, dancers, magicians and a plethora of artistes exhibiting their craft in public. In India too, street art has pervaded in the ethos and cultural stream through a variety of styles. One such artiste is "folk balladeer" Pratyul Joshi, a multifaceted singer and street performer who has charmed audiences with his blend of folk and contemporary rock.

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Just a few years ago, seeing an Indian youth with a Nokia or an office-goer with a BlackBerry device on the road was a common sight. In 2009, about 70 per cent of smartphones sold globally had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia and the two stalwarts were going strong.

But even tech leaders can, at times, fail to gauge when a particular phenomenon can go extinct.

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The car window winds down and new age author Paolo Coelho asks for directions to the expressway. "Here, have this map," I reply, handing him a folded piece of paper with "Follow Your Dream" on it.

Okay, that hasn't happened yet, but scientists say we live in an infinite multiverse which means that it is statistically guaranteed to happen somewhere at some point.

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She is no more. But, her words have touched our hearts. Indeed, writer Kamala Surayya’s works have delved into our hearts with romanticism. The spirit of her words is still in our minds. This much she did for us in her lifetime. Then, what can we do for her in return?

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Boston: The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, is not perfectly built, say scientists who found that the structure's base is slightly lopsided. 

Researchers surveyed the oldest and biggest of the three pyramids at the Giza pyramid complex, and discovered that the pyramid's west side is longer than the east side. 

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(Photos Courtesy: Facebook page of Niroja Laxmi Mohapatra)

Bhubaneswar: A friend, philosopher and guide, she's the motherly figure for the children of jail inmates in Odisha. Meet 42-year-old Niroja Laxmi Mohapatra, the guardian angel for these children who look up to her as they strive to carve their own niches in life.

Her concerted efforts through the years have yielded fruit with two of them becoming engineers and some others pursuing higher education and technical courses.

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Suddenly realized that when I wash food by holding it under the horrible yellow water that comes out of my tap I am really just adding an extra dose of carcinogens.

Funny how we do things without thinking.

Case in point: A reader sent me a news report about an unobservant man who collected the wrong child from school. Joseph Fuller, 65, intended to pick up his grandson, but took an unrelated boy home instead. The child confirmed to school staff that the old man was his grandfather before going off with him.

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Yiwu: "That's Ganesha! Sells the most. How many pieces do you want," asks Chin, pointing at the miniature idol of Hindu God sitting on the shelf of his shop.

"If you want a smaller one, I can give that also. How many" he prods further.

The 35-year-old Chinese owner of a gift shop, who claims to be an atheist and may not know anything about Hinduism, makes the most by trading the idols of Hindu Gods from Yiwu to India.

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Diabetic patients who fast during Ramadan are likely to be at risk of major health complications. Hence they should fast only if their doctors consider them fit enough, experts say.

The month-long period that is typically marked by long fasting hours during daylight hours is followed by grand feast each evening after sunset (Iftaar), which can be continued till pre-dawn (Sehri).

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Ramadan is here and so is the lip-smacking haleem, the season's flavour which during the holy month trumps even biryani, the signature dish of Hyderabad.

Bhattis or brick-and-mud ovens in front of eateries are a common sight, be it in the centuries-old markets around historic Charminar, other parts of Hyderabad or the twin city of Secunderabad.

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