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Monday, February 12, 2018

Padmaavat

Writers, even when they are famous Sufi poets, cannot subjugate their readers.

When in 1540 Malik Muhammad Jayasi composed Padmaavat in the Awadhi language, he would never have imagined, let alone predicted, the Hindu anger in the 21st century because of his poem. Times are indeed different, mediums change.

These days, Padmaavat is no longer poetry that speaks from paper and words read by the literati. In 2018,…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Malady of Papua

Young coconut shell was on the lunch menu of Fransisca Patatcot and her son on Saturday two weeks ago. Sitting next to each other on the wooden porch of the Santo Petrus Paulus Church, Pulau Tiga District, Asmat Regency, Papua, they snacked on the coconut shell. When the coconut shell was finished, she began eating the husk.