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Monday, September 5 2022


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I always did love Australia, though.

That’s what tennis legend Serena Williams said after crashing out of the US Open—losing to Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday.  Many expect that this is likely her last outing since she’s been strongly hinting at retirement. And she certainly got a big emotional farewell from the crowd (see here). But the quip about Australia—a reference to the Australian Open coming up in January—may signal that she’s not done, after all. Meanwhile, when the lesser known Tomljanovic was asked about being a part of history—and potentially a future trivia question in a pub quiz—she offered this brilliant reply: “No one's going to pronounce my name right.”

 

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Big Story

Farewell, Cyrus Mistry: Sad end to an ugly Tatas story

The TLDR: Mistry was killed in a car accident yesterday—putting an unhappy end to his long and bitter battle with the Tatas—where he once was chairman. Ratan Tata who anointed him as his heir to the corporate throne—and then unceremoniously kicked him out—has still not uttered a word of condolence.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Getting ready for splainer 2.0!
  • Gota is back in town!
  • A high-profile rape-meets-religion case
  • Pakistan's cricket team strikes back 
  • A historic ODI win for Zimbabwe
  • Artemis is going back to the garage
  • New wrinkle in NDTV takeover move
  • AI wins a big art prize
  • The reopening of Central Vista

 

Sanity Break

  • Attention, Delhiwalas, the Delhi Contemporary Art Week is currently underway!

 

A list of good reads

  • A new campaign lets Indian men experience painful menstrual cramps
  • Why is India’s most used form of public transport—the humble bus—losing riders?
  • The great decline of English-language music around the world
  • Why do humans love the taste of chilli peppers?

 

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