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Inside the wondrous world of writer Vinod Kumar Shukla. The righteousness of hate? The recent incident involving an Uber driver deciding to take his passengers to the police station because they were coming from anti-CAA protest and were discussing the same in the vehicle has evoked widespread comment.

The righteousness of hate?

It is an understandably scary prospect when individual citizens decide to don the role of vigilantes and sit in judgment on what constitutes an anti-national act. Viewed from the Uber driver’s perspective however, it is clear that he thought that he was doing a good thing, something truly noble. Indian villages lie empty as drought forces thousands to flee. Hundreds of Indian villages have been evacuated as a historic drought forces families to abandon their homes in search of water.

Indian villages lie empty as drought forces thousands to flee

The country has seen extremely high temperatures in recent weeks. On Monday the capital, Delhi, saw its highest ever June temperature of 48C. Lapse: Landsat Satellite Images of Climate Change, via Google Earth Engine. TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger Editors note:On Nov. 29, 2016, Google released a major update expanding the data from 2012 to 2016.

lapse: Landsat Satellite Images of Climate Change, via Google Earth Engine

Read about the update here. Фото и рисунки, арт и креативная реклама.

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Eight books from India that are looking for a global market. Indian villages lie empty as drought forces thousands to flee. Annappa Chougule: The Maharashtrian villager who sends congratulatory postcards to strangers. “Praise people when they are alive,” said Annappa Chougule.

Annappa Chougule: The Maharashtrian villager who sends congratulatory postcards to strangers

“What’s the point of praising them after they die? Then, just garland the photo.” A watchman and a retired sugar factory labourer from Kabnur town in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, 66-year-old Chougule believes in celebrating people’s achievements by sending them encouraging postcards. In the past seven years, he has sent 900 postcards marking birthdays, wedding anniversaries and various achievements to people in villages and towns across Kolhapur and Sangli districts. Chhattisgarh: a new land-mine conflict brews in forest belt. The sun is harsh, and some leaves on the trees have turned the colour of the earth, a dry brown.

Chhattisgarh: a new land-mine conflict brews in forest belt

It’s a brown the villagers of Fatehpur in Surguja district of north Chhattisgarh do not mind — what they fear is the earth turning black. “As long as the ground is brown in the summer, it means our forests still exist, and the land is still ours. But they want to turn our forest into a mining pit, and the brown earth black. Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel riffs on the refugee experience. A collaboration between author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti for Toon Books, Hansel & Gretel is a swirl of inky lines with our hero and heroine always at a distance, as lost in the chaos of the images as they are in the forest.

Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel riffs on the refugee experience

The setting here is no fairy tale — Gaiman sets his retelling of the story in a war zone. This decision was inspired after visits to two refugee camps in Jordan where Syrian refugees are building their lives as their country continues to fall apart. (Watch: Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive.) Eduardo Galeano. Eduardo Hughes Galeano (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ɣaleˈano]; 3 September 1940 – 13 April 2015) was a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist considered, among other things, "global soccer's pre-eminent man of letters" and "a literary giant of the Latin American left".[1] Galeano's best-known works are Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) and Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1982–6).

Eduardo Galeano

"I'm a writer," the author once said of himself, "obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia. When I was 10, my aunt gave me an old copy of National Lampoon magazine. This was one of the features. Go Book Yourself. From the Summits of Empire. IN THE EARLY HOURS OF 15 JANUARY 1934, an earthquake of magnitude 8.4 rocked Nepal and Bihar.

From the Summits of Empire

Fissures as much as five kilometres deep opened in the earth, exhaling a choking dust and swallowing hillsides and villages. Ten thousand people died without leaving their beds. Although Kathmandu was relatively unscathed, nearby Patan was upheaved; large portions of the prime minister’s private palace were razed, and the town’s Durbar Square filled up with rubble. If on a winter's night a traveler. If on a winter's night a traveler (Italian: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore) is a 1979 novel by the Italian postmodernist writer Italo Calvino.

If on a winter's night a traveler

The narrative, in the form of a frame story, is about the reader trying to read a book called If on a winter's night a traveler. Each chapter is divided into two sections. The first section of each chapter is in second person, and describes the process the reader goes through to attempt to read the next chapter of the book he is reading. The second half is the first part of new book that the reader ("you") finds. Trying to Say Goodbye. This is the long anticipated third collection of poems by Adil Jussawalla, who continues to be a seminal figure in post-independence Indian poetry.

Trying to Say Goodbye

Jussawalla? "Come closer to me, come closer, I promise you, it will be beautiful." National Geographic Adventure Mag.: 100 Greatest Adventure Books (1-19) A list we had hoped our readers would enjoy turned out to be one of the most popular features in Adventure's five-year history. You asked for it—repeatedly—now you got it: the 100 Greatest in all their glory. 1.The Worst Journey in the World,by Apsley Cherry-Garrard(1922) As War and Peace is to novels, so is The Worst Journey in the World to the literature of polar travel: the one to beat. The author volunteered as a young man to go to the Antarctic with Robert Falcon Scott in 1910; that, and writing this book, are the only things of substance he ever did in life. They were enough.

New Tab. Paris and literature go together like black polo necks and Gitanes Brunes. Along with its 900 bookshops, 240 secondhand booksellers and 69 public libraries, the city has a string of celebrated café littéraires. The famous ones - Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore and other Left Bank landmarks haunted by the ghosts of Sartre, Hemingway and Stein - may have been hijacked by tourists.

But they aren't the whole story. The city is chocca with literary venues, from the well-known musty warren of Shakespeare and Company's bookshop, to alternative performance spaces, atmospheric tea shops and specialist museums. List of unusual deaths. This is a list of unusual deaths. This list includes unique or extremely rare circumstances of death recorded throughout history, noted as being unusual by multiple sources.

Anthology of English Literature. 11 Books You Should Read If You’re A Woman In Your 20s. According to Love Twenty, women in their twenties are supposed to read diet books and novels about shopping. Ann VanderMeer: The 13 Of The Weirdest Short Stories Ever Written. The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories [Tor, $29.99] contains 110 tales from the past 100 years of weird fiction collected in a single volume of over 750,000 words. Free Audio Books - Fiction - Download mp3 and iPod format today! Character Chart for Fiction Writers - If you're a fiction writer -- whether you're working on a novel, short story, screenplay, television series, play, web series, webserial, or blog-based fiction -- your characters should come alive for your reader or audience.

12 bizarre real-life places that are stranger than science fiction. Science fiction is home to some fantastic societies, from Cloud City to Bartertown. The 50 Best Short Stories of All Time. Authorama - Public Domain Books. 23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger. The Fantastic in Art and Fiction. 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer. Free Classic AudioBooks. Digital narration for the 21st Century. Book-A-Minute Classics. Got another book report to do? 36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk. 1: Establishing Your Authority. General Fiction. Getting Around... Career Essentials Getting Started Queries & Manuscripts Market Research Classes & Conferences Critiquing Crafting Your Work Grammar Guides Research/Interviewing Writing Contests The Writing Business Income & Expenses Selling Reprints Collaboration Pseudonyms Negotiating Contracts Setting Fees/Getting Paid Rights & Copyright Tech Tools The Writing Life The Writing Life Rejection/Writer's Block Health & Safety Time ManagementColumn: Ramblings on the Writing Life. - Thousands of Full-Text Free Books. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. National Novel Writing Month. Inspiration. Jack Kerouac's Essentials of Spontaneous Prose. Bibliomania - Free Online Literature and Study Guides. Print - The 75 Books Every Man Should Read. Exercises for Fiction Writers - Page 2.