Archives 2020

Women & Friends

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20 December 2020: In the book Miss Benson's Beetle, the British writer Rachel Joyce has two women embarking on a journey to the other end of the world and in the process discovering themselves and discovering friendship - Read More »»

Life in the Plants

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08 December 2020: A visit to a Bonsai exhibition in Schio, reminded me of a nature visit to a forest in Bologna many years ago. A reflection about life of the plants and about the forces of nature - Read More »»

Merry Christmas or Season's Greetings?

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05 December 2020: About two different ways to look at inter-faith respect and harmony in the multi-cultural and multi-religious societies - Read More »»

The Angry Birds

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16 November 2020: Becoming a more aware reader - thoughts about Daphne du Maurier's story The Birds, and about the influence of being a member of a book-reading group - Read More »»

Unusual Vicenza: Discovering the Magic

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26 October 2020: About visiting Vicenza in the north-east of Italy and discovering its history, art and culture through some unusual guided walking tours - Read More »»

Snakes, Merchants, & Emigrants

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15 October 2020: Gun Island - the latest book by Amitabh Ghosh starts from a fable in the Sundarbans and goes on to explore the journeys of emigrants to Italy and Europe Read More »»

10 Things to do in Schio

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05 September 2020: If you are visiting Schio (VI) in the north-east of Italy, a list of 10 places for sight-seeing in or near the city centre Read More »»

Cooking For The Dictators

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27 August 2020: About the Polish journalist Witold Szablowski's book How to Feed a Dictator which looks at some of more infamous dictators of 20th century through the eyes of their cooks ... Read More »»

Searching for the Dragon Bones

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16 July 2020: Tracy Chevalier's book "Strange Creatures", discovery of fossils and dinosaur bones in 19th century England and similar discoveries in medieval Bologna ... Read More »»

Poverty, Disease & Disability

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08 July 2020: A case study showing how Zika epidemic combined with contaminated water in drought-affected areas in north-east of Brazil to cause cognitive disabilities ... Read More »»

From Butchers to Surgeons

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07 July 2020: About Linda Fitzharris' book The Butchery Art and the use of antiseptics to prevent infections in surgery, and how similar ideas were already developed in ancient India by healers like Sushruta ... Read More »»

God, Consciousness & Mathematics

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29 May 2020: About an article about a new mathematical theory in the magazine New Scientist and its similarities with the Hindu ideas of Brahman (universal consciousness) and God ... Read More »»

A Creativity Megahub

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24 May 2020: About a centre in Schio (Italy) where you can learn about innovative technologies and where budding entrepreneurs can find support ... Read More »»

A Liberian Story of Dung Beetles

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14 April 2020: About Daniel J. Meier's book "The Dung Beetles of Liberia" - to learn about the Liberia of 1960s... Read More »»

Surgery in Ancient India & Ganesha

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28 March 2020: Ancient India was known for its surgical skills, which were described in books like Sushruta Samhita. A speculative post about the origins of Ganesha myth linked with those surgical skills ... Read More »»

Our Black Gods

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22 March 2020: Hinduism has many deities who are described as dark-skinned. How does this idea of dark-skinned Gods fit in with other discourses about ancient Indians? Read More »»

Ancient Indians, Neanderthals & Denisovans

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15 March 2020: India has been primarily an oral culture conserving its ancient memories in its mythology. Are there stories of relationships between different human species in ancient Indian books? Read More »»

Influence of Parasites on Behaviour

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20 February 2020: About Kathleen McAuliff's book "This is your brain on Parasites - How tiny creatures manipulate our behaviour and shape society" Read More »»

The City of 47 Ronin

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14 February 2020: A visit to Ako in south-western coast of Japan, the town associated with the legend of 47 Ronin. Read More »»

Papermade 2019-20: Paper Art

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05 January 2020: Presenting 15 of my favourite art works from the 4th edition of the biannual Papermade exhibition in Schio, Italy. Read More »»

Memories of 2019 Journeys

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01 January 2020: A photo-essay about the most significant moments from my travels to different countries during 2019. Read More »»


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Dr Sunil Deepak
Schio (VI), Italy

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