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From Lal Ded in the 14th Century to Naseem Shafaie in the 21st, a historical narrative of Kashmir’s female bards.
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A study published in Antiquity has found that Indus populations were the earliest people to use complex multi-cropping strategies across both seasons, growing foods during summer and winter.  
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Justin E H Smith |
As the theorist Walter J Ong pointed out in Orality and Literacy: Technologizing the Word (1982), it is difficult, perhaps even impossible, now to imagine how differently language would have been experienced in a culture of ‘primary orality’. There would be nowhere to ‘look up a word’, no authoritative source telling us the shape the word ‘actually’ takes. There would be no way to affirm the word’s existence at all except by speaking it – and this necessary condition of survival is important for understanding the relatively repetitive nature of epic poetry. Say it over and over again, or it will slip away.
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| 25 Sep 2014
Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading authorities on language, mind and human nature. A professor of psychology at Harvard, he is the bestselling author of eight books and regularly appears in lists of the world’s top 100 thinkers. On September 25th he returned to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his latest publication The Sense of Style, a short and entertaining writing guide for the 21st century. Pinker argued that bad writing can’t be blamed on the internet, or on “the kids today”. Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretence, empathy, and a drive for coherence. He answered questions such as: how can we overcome the “curse of knowledge”, the difficulty in imagining what it’s like not to know something we do? And how can we distinguish the myths and superstitions about language from helpful rules that enhance clarity and grace? Pinker showed how everyone can improve their mastery of writing and their appreciation of the art. Professor Pinker was in conversation with Ian McEwan, one of Britain’s most acclaimed novelists, who has frequently explored the common ground between art and science.  
Ewa Tartakowsky | 11 Apr 2015
A review of Les Indes et l’Europe. Histoires connectées, XVe-XXIe siècle (The Indies and Europe: Connected Histories from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Centuries), Jean-Louis Margolin et Claude Markovits, Paris, Gallimard.
Krish Raghav | 3 Sep 2015
MN Roy is one of India's intellectual giants, an early 20th-century figure whose mind thought globally, and whose influence ran through some of the era's biggest minds...This is an attempt, through comics, to find resonance with a deeply unusual man and his ideas. It is, of course, a playful interpretation of his work rather than a scholarly analysis.
Mark Horton & Volker Heyd | 14 Dec 2015
In the past decade there has been a quiet revolution in archaeology, virtually allowing archaeologists to see through the ground without digging. Advances in geophysics, soil chemistry and remote sensing are speeding up the discovery of ancient sites and helping archaeologists understand them on a global scale.
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Aanchal Malhotra | 23 Dec 2015
Every single one of us, young or old, have a responsibility towards our history. We must act as its reservoirs, fill ourselves with the memories of ancestors, their stories, their longing, their lessons and their triumphs. Furthermore, we must endeavour to add to that database with our perceptions of the world, binding our memories to theirs. One day, we will be history and these records will become our legacy, an archive of our lives, all that will remain for subsequent generations to piece together their lineage.
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