Walking the Old City

Gujarat has been at the crossroads of civilizations for longer than memory. Its most iconic city, Ahmedabad, still holds its unique architectural mix of Jainism, Hinduism and Islam. The comparison was inevitable: the old city was much cleaner and more preserved than my beloved Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Then there was the woodwork and the […]

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The Carnival Seamstress

Behind the seams of Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular festival by Soledad Dominguez | translated by Ricky Toledano Monica has not slept at home since January 28. And it is most likely that she will not return to her husband and her youngest son until March 4, the day when the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school will […]

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Words matter

Although on the team of Words Matter, I decided to look at some numbers. by Ricky Toledano I threw myself on the floor of my house when the machine gunfire started – once – in an instinctive reaction, because I immediately knew from the thunder around me, and the whistling of the bullets through the […]

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No one in the world is illegal

The past can be truly seductive, despite all the evidence to the contrary and the fact that no one has ever returned from it. That is why I have always been suspicious of nostalgia: it always sprouts in the present, no matter when it was sown from the seeds of what people prefer to remember, and never from the dead seeds of what they prefer to forget.

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Teoria de padaria

“Mermão…” berrou o gordo alegre, na roda dos amigos na padaria às 6:30 da manhã, sábado, naquela gritaria desagradável, mas engraçada, de concurso pneumático de macho carioca. “…O que você não aprende em casa, você aprende na rua…e a rua é o pior lugar para você aprender qualquer coisa!” Tomei o meu café em silêncio […]

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Stuck in traffic

by Lygia Lima “No way, Doc! I don’t have that disease. Go find something else for me to have. I’m crazy, but not that crazy to have created such a disease!” I could understand why the doctor smiled. A scientist by nature, he is a man who has studied many, many things, but not necessarily […]

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Parada no trânsito

por Lygia Lima “Doutor, eu não tenho essa doença não! Vai buscar outra coisa pra eu ter porque…eu sou louca, mas minha loucura é outra, e não criei isso não!” Entendi o sorriso do médico, por natureza, uma pessoa científica. Uma pessoa que estudou muita coisa, mas não necessariamente um estudo que contempla donde vem […]

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