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Footnotes from a Diary

Notes on writing

Notes on writing

🕔05:04, 3.Aug 2014

By: Chitra Ahanthem There have been various instances when people have tried to nudge towards writing on an array of subjects. This outgoing week, one person sent me a very indignant SMS asking me why students were getting neck deep

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Coping with Infertility

Coping with Infertility

🕔04:18, 9.May 2014

There is no other word to replace Motherhood. To give a definition of it would be a futile endeavor, though we might succeed if we try to explain from a biological vantage. Biological interpretation has also got its limitations. For

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The media files

The media files

🕔07:13, 12.Oct 2012

The media files By Chitra Ahanthem The IFP Saturday edition’s photo, showing a bloodied hand and a shining if not sparkling gun held as ‘proof’ of the: ‘UG fired at us, we fired back and shot him dead’ theory nailed

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Passport to inconvenience!

Passport to inconvenience!

🕔19:05, 23.Sep 2012

Passport to inconvenience! Chitra Ahanthem By an unexpected play of fate, which took me out of the country recently, I was able to apply for my Passport renewal at the Regional Passport Office in Guwahati last week as my return

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Decoding Highway 39

Decoding Highway 39

🕔16:10, 2.Jun 2012

By Chitra Ahanthem Sudeep Chakravarti’s ‘Highway 39: journeys through a fractured land’ published by Harper Collins (388 pages, Rs 450) was a much anticipated book after his earlier ‘Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country’. Sudeep’s style of narrative based on

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That chip on the shoulder?

That chip on the shoulder?

🕔15:07, 12.May 2012

By Chitra Ahanthem Having missed out on so many Sunday pages of Imphal Free Press, it sure is a relief to be able to write again: the blame lies entirely with the Electricity Department in between. Meanwhile, a lot has

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Dear Electricity Department: Please shed some light!

Dear Electricity Department: Please shed some light!

🕔15:02, 7.Jan 2012

BY Chitra Ahanthem Today’s FOOTNOTES is a first ever: it is an open letter and entreaty to the Electricity Department, it is an elegy to all the time I have lost more than half my mind trying to figure what

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A B`day note for E-pao

A B`day note for E-pao

🕔15:06, 31.Dec 2011

BY Chitra Ahanthem That Manipur has a generation of people living outside of the state and establishing themselves in their respective sphere of work is an accepted norm. Name any major city or town in the country and you have

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As the Year Ends…

As the Year Ends…

🕔23:11, 24.Dec 2011

By Chitra Ahanthem Well!FOOTNOTES has missed its Sunday date with the IFP page for two consecutive Sundays now. The first Sunday space was made up by the translation of Irom Sharmila’s message which she had handed over to me as

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A Message from Irom Sharmila Chanu

A Message from Irom Sharmila Chanu

🕔15:03, 3.Dec 2011

Translated by Chitra Ahanthem. It is the day that left its mark on time. If only human beings were able to relate to nature and her form: the breeze, the birds in the skies, the insects chirping away. If only

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