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Kinkdom of dreams

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

If erotica has risen like a phoenix ever since EL James happened to Internet, it is only because the woman of today has shed her inhibition in admitting to her sexual feelings which lay buried within her due to ages of conditioning by a patriarchal society. SHALINI SAKSENA delves into...

‘Erotica is the most miunderstood genre’

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

Desiree Holt, a 76-year-old grandmother from Texas who calls herself the world’s most sex-crazed senior citizen, has more than 130 BDSM novels under her belt. She speaks with SHALINI SAKSENA about how she started a new career at 69 and her pick of must-read erotica. Excerpts from the interview: You...

Trees of life

Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

After terrorists came close to destroying the symbol of Buddhism — the Mahabodhi Tree at Bodhgaya — recently, Deebashree Mohanty talked to botanists and conservationists to bring you a story on the other such trees which have been a global topic of interest. Be it the great banyan trees of...

Forgotten & damned

Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | Shalini Saksena | in Foray

A crucial hearing in the Supreme Court tomorrow will decide the fate of Indian prisoners of war in Pakistan if, that is, the court cancels the stay the Government has taken on referring the issue to the International Court of Justice. Indian POWs have been a forgotten lot, left to...

Sitting on disaster

Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

The Uttarakhand catastrophe has made the obvious more clear – India as a nation and Indians as a population have scant respect for their environment. Almost all major cities are ticking time-bombs, what with an overkill of unsafe constructions and relentless degradation without any care for a region’s vulnerability. Experts...

Himalayan blunder

Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

With rampant construction in the region, population increasing 50-fold and 640 km of river flow being diverted for more than 70 dams, the June 15 Uttarakhand disaster was waiting to happen. Experts tell shalini saksena that the destruction and loss of life could have been minimalised had the State Government...

Tongue in Check

Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

When veteran Hollywood actor Michael Douglas revealed that his throat cancer was due to oral sex and not smoking, the interviewing journalist went into a shocked and nervous giggle — as did the rest of the world, with Twitter going hyper on the subject. Though Douglas’ publicist now denies his...

Epidemic uninhibited

Sunday, 16 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

The entire eastern belt of Uttar Pradesh has been under the wave of a deadly encephalitis epidemic for years now. The figure of 50,000 deaths and 16,000 disabilities, mainly of children, is a very alarming one by all standards but neither the Central nor the State Government is inclined to...

Sunny side up

Sunday, 16 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

At a back-of-beyond village, the dreaded encephalitis is being fought and defeated in a unique way — by treating water with sunlight. Biswajeet Banerjee tells you more Amid the din of death, one non-descript village in Kushinagar district in eastern Uttar Pradesh stands tall in showing the world how to fight...

Agents of change

Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 | Pioneer | in Foray

With the “clash of interest” row peaking around skipper MS Dhoni’s business arrangement with friend-manager Arun Pandey, the shadowy world of player agents has come into sharp focus. Corporates branding products through cricketers tell you it is impossible to get to any player without going through his manager. So if...


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One more farmer commits suicide

24 Jun 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

A farmer committed suicide in Chhatarpur district, allegedly due to over burdened with debt. While the family of Raghuvir Yadav, (27) alleged that he took the extreme step due to his mounting debt, the police said a family dispute led him to end his life...

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