Recommendation 1 from ‘The Hindu’

Article Name:‘ Knowing your onions in New York’

By: P Sainath

The entire U.S. agrarian structure and policy is geared towards serving the corporate sector and against small family farms.

Summary:

This is a fascinating piece, it tells us about the US farming industry and how the whole set-up works there. For us in India, our own agricultural problems seem to be plenty but to read about the plight of small farmers in the US is absolutely amazing. An absolute must read.

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Learn Words from the article:

Dictate: Issue commands or orders for
Exuberant: Unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings/ Produced or growing in extreme abundance

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘The dancing Sufi masters’

By: Jug Suraiya

This sense of strangeness, of other-worldliness, that the place inspires is due not just to the bewitching rock formations – what the guide books refer to as ‘fairy chimneys’ – but to a feeling of timelessness, as if the days, and years, and centuries of the past have held their breath and are present all around us.

Summary:

This is a human interest story more than anything else. It is about the beautiful landscape of Ladkah and Jug Suraiaya goes on to explain it in his own inimitable style. This is an article that actually makes you want to go to Ladkah and travel the majestic contours in that part of the world.

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Millennia: A span of 1000 years
Bewitching: Capturing interest as if by a spell
Surreal: Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name: ‘I’m not evil – I’m a realist’

By: Dorian Lynskey

They’re the ones that saw the world depicted as a writhing snakepit of treachery and mind games, and felt that the author must be part of the problem.

Summary:

There is a reason for placing this article in this section: it gives us a very different type of a reading experience and the style of writing is so absolutely different. Also, one comes to know about two books of a particular author, and you can be further stimulated to read these texts.

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Learn Words from the article:

Writhing: Moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion
Treachery : Betrayal of a trust
Dispiriting: Destructive of morale and self-reliance.

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