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Thursday, April 7 2022


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Some of the folks I work with at the company — they say this lovingly — but I think that they sometimes refer to my attention as the Eye of Sauron. You have this unending amount of energy to go work on something, and if you point that at any given team, you will just burn them.

That’s what Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a podcast interview. For those not up on Lord of the Ring lore, Sauron is the Dark Lord of Mordor—and the Eye of Sauron is “canonically nefarious, and bad things happen when it notices you.” Sooo…

 

Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at what constitutes a war crime—and the gender gap in sports, especially cricket. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

 

An AMA with Vir Sanghvi! He is the best-known Indian journalist of his generation who is brilliantly insightful on everything from politics to culture to food. His new book ‘A Rude Life’ offers a rare front-row view of India by an author who often had a front-row seat to its most momentous times. So get ready to ask him all your burning questions this weekend! The time/day: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 6:30pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here


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Big Story

Festivals of rage: The big battles over meat

The TLDR: Every Hindu festival has now become an excuse to turn meat into a divisive issue. Ugadi in Karnataka and Chaitra Navratri in Delhi were no different. But is this really about ‘Hindu’ traditions?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The Russian invasion: The latest update
  • XE lands in India… or not
  • A flurry of stories about intolerance
  • Twitter gets the edit button
  • Ed Sheeran is not a plagiarist
  • Microplastics found deep inside lung tissue
  • Amazon's “automatic word monitor”
  • An abortion ban in the state of Oklahoma

 

Sanity Break

  • Our favourite paintings by American artist Bo Bartlett

 

Reading Habit

  • Social entrepreneur Sahar Mansoor takes our Book's Addict's Quiz

 

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