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Tuesday, March 15 2022


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It is purely my personal view that today at least I want a ‘sab ki Congress’. Some others want a ‘Ghar ki Congress’. I certainly don’t want a ‘Ghar ki Congress’.

That’s Congress stalwart Kapil Sibal bluntly declaring that the Gandhis must go—in an exceptionally candid interview with the Indian Express. This is the first time that a senior party leader has called out the first family—and directly blamed them for the state of the party’s fortunes. The entire interview is worth a read.

 

An important heads up: The splainer team will be taking Friday off for Holi so there will be no edition on March 18. We’re offering advance notice in case you wake up Friday morning and wonder where we’ve disappeared:)


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Big Story

The Indian publishing industry: A tale of woes

The TLDR: Since there is no big headline today, we decided to take a look at the business of selling books. With the shuttering of Westland and stories of award-winning Hindi novelists being paid a pittance, there is a growing sense that all is not well in the industry. Is this something new or do the problems run deeper? This is the first instalment of our two-part series. Today, we look at the first big question: Why is it hard to sell a book?

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • Bangladesh makes cricket history
  • China shuts down Shenzhen
  • Reliance’s Facebook campaign for BJP
  • Australia and the Netherlands sue Russia
  • Kirpans welcome at airports
  • Farewell, William Hurt
  • A brain-reading helmet is here!
  • The ‘two blobs’ inside Earth
  • Big investors get serious about climate change
  • The world’s highest tea party ever!

 

Sanity Break

  • An April Fool's hoax feat. breast implants

 

A list of intriguing things

  • A two-carat diamond made of ranch dressing
  • Did you know that neural networks can turn the most innocuous subject into the stuff of nightmares?
  • Say hello to sustainable shades this summer
  • Manhole covers  have become works of urban art in Japan

 

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