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Are the Olympics cancelled?

A senior Japanese ruling party official said on Thursday that cancelling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire, dropping a bomb on a hot-button issue and sending social media into a frenzy. The Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee responded with a statement saying all those involved in preparing […]

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Egyptian Messi lookalike thrills soccer-loving orphans

They may not be meeting the real Lionel Messi, but Islam Battah’s resemblance to the Barcelona footballer is so uncanny, that the children at an orphanage in the Egyptian city of Zagazig swarm around him in delight anyway. Seeing the excitement his presence causes at such events, the 27-year-old Egyptian painter is happy to pose […]

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Depiction of Cupid during Leonardo da Vinci era

Cupid is the son of Venus and the god of Love; in Latin he is called Amor, and in Greek, Eros. He is usually shown as a winged child. His attributes are a bow, arrow and quiver. Those hit by his arrows become lovers. Cupid is never the centre of the subject however they play […]

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Book review: The very Glum life of Tootoolu Toop

Welcome to the magical world of reality! The world of fantasy has always fascinated the writers and readers alike. We all like to escape to the beautiful world of imagination where unicorns and dragons live, fairies sing melodies, mermaids turn into beautiful women and there are potions to make you look just the way you […]

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Top picks this month

Title: Red, White and Whole Author: Rajani LaRocca Publisher: Quill Tree Books  This is a novel in verse about an Indian American girl whose life is turned upside down when her mother is diagnosed with leukemia. Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s […]

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That sketchy excellence!

We talk about paintings that have made history and fortunes that belong to painters and have made them to be legendary artists in our century. Let us talk about the sketches they had drawn while they were alive. This one is called: Head of a Woman  “La Scapigliata” 1500/1508 Attributed to Italian Renaissance master Leonardo […]

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Know more about the Painter of the Queens

Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) was an Italian portraitist and a fresco painter influenced by the Italian Renaissance. He was nicknamed by the press of his time as “the painter of queens”. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from 1956 is very famous. Although he is remembered for his portraits of famous people, he also portrayed “less […]

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What a marvel! Black Panther-inspired Wakanda grows in Uganda

Movies have often inspired people to do some good work. But we never knew that superheroes could not only make money but also build lives. Something like that is happening in a small village in Uganda. Inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther movie, a village in Uganda is thriving on natural resources and solar energy.  The […]

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Learn more about wildlife by visiting these national parks

We just celebrated World Wildlife Day on March 3, to create awareness about flora and fauna around us. This year, under the theme ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, the day is celebrated as a way to highlight the role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of […]

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Angelina Jolie sells rare Winston Churchill painting at record price!

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was a British politician, statesman, army officer, and a writer. He was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during World War II, and again from 1951 to 1955. He was also fond of painting landscapes, and it was one of his passions.  A rare Winston […]