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Weekend Mega Linkfest: 24 April, 2020

Some off beat reads for the weekend:

An explosive look at so-called Civil Society Activists (Sumona Chakraborty)

On the Palghar Lynching (Makarand Paranjape)

What history tells us about epidemics (Granta)

Is an alcohol ban necessary during the lockdown? (Mint)

The Original Big Short of 1865 (Boston Globe)

Will Trump go to war with Iran? (RT)

Trump’s plan to save his Presidency (Atlantic)

Pakistan on a knife edge (Dawn)

Inside the world of Indonesia’s Islamic soap operas (SCMP)

My mother & Sathya Sai Baba (Al Jazeera)

The day I left Bergen Belsen (TOI)

On the Great Barrier Reef of Australia (Afar)

Where did bats come from? (Smithsonian)

How does one make an authentic Neapolitan Pizza? (BBC)

Dream Sequence Only (J Mathrubootham)

One reply on “Weekend Mega Linkfest: 24 April, 2020”

Have been reading the Hindu post on J Mathrubootham. Today, I wondered what is the meaning of this word. Why will Mathrubootham parents give such a weird name to their child?

At first thought, Bhoot means ghost…So I wondered, Does the name mean Ghost of mother ( since Mathru means mother). Then, I realised it must be Sanskrit. Bhoota in Sanskrit means “Born out of “. So, simply, Mathrubootham means “Born out of mother”. Which we all are.. technically speaking… So you are a Mathru bhootham. I am too…

But the spelling should be Bhootham not Bootham….aka ghost….

Yours in etymology
J Mathrubootham

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