Abha DEVASIA

90 Added | 5 Magazines | 20 Likes | 6 Following | 1 Follower | @AbhaRizwi | Keep up with Abha DEVASIA on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Abha DEVASIA”

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. By Naomi Klein<p>There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when …

New Orleans

20 best Mediterranean recipes: part 1

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s pomegranate molasses chicken with bulgar salad<p>This is a good one to make when people come round, as it is really hard not to like – sweet and sour, plenty of textures, pretty colours and virtually everybody likes chicken. Using chicken thighs here makes it almost …

Italian Food

Indigenous sovereignty is on the rise. Can it shape the course of history?

After decades of struggle, Indigenous sovereignty has arrived in full bloom as a global aspiration and force for human good<p>Time has long worked against Indigenous peoples. The English-speaking epochs of the last 200 years – the Pax Britannica and American Century – share the same dramatic opening …

Australia

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in

The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times?<p>Half a century ago, in the great hippie year of 1967, an acclaimed young American science fiction writer, Roger Zelazny, published his third …

Universal Basic Income

New Power Center in Trumpland: The ‘Axis of Adults’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and other administration ‘adults’ are meeting in private—and having a major impact on …

Jim Mattis

Why don't people take writing about motherhood seriously? Because women do it

I am standing before a small audience in Columbus, Ohio, apologizing for what I'm going to read. "It's about motherhood," I say, then quickly qualify, "but you know, more than that! It's about stories, and self, and the meaning of home."<p>I have been doing this for months, explaining the book I've …

Orange and Cinnamon cake

SERVES<p>8<p>PREPARATION<p>25 minutes<p>COOKING TIME<p>55 minutes<p>RESTING TIME<p>1 + 2 hours<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 orange<br>• 400ml (13 fl oz) milk<br>• 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon<br>• 4 eggs, separated<br>• 125g (4 oz) caster (superfine) sugar<br>• 125g (4 oz) butter<br>• 120g (4 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour<br>• Pinch of salt<br>• 20cm (8 in) square cake tin, silicone …

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Every Book on Emma Watson's Reading List

Join the club.<p>Like her beloved characters Hermione Granger and Belle, Emma Watson LOVES to read. She loves it so much she started a global, monthly Goodreads book club of feminist texts. She's recruited a team to hide books for people to find all over the world. She once took a year off from acting …

Yotam Ottolenghi’s slow-cooked chicken recipes

I can almost see readers’ eyebrows raising whenever I suggest leaving a pot on the stove to cook slowly for an hour or two. I think I’m expected to justify the time involved, even though I’m not asking anyone actually to <i>do</i> anything in the kitchen while it’s bubbling away. Much of the work is done …

Italian Food

The Rise of Progressive 'Fake News'

The disempowered left now faces its own kinds of hoaxes and fables.<p>There is an enormous amount of crazy-sounding news right now.<p>President Donald Trump really did set off a diplomatic crisis with Australia, possibly out of personal exhaustion. The White House really did fail to mention Jews in their …

Journalism

‘In Iran They Call Trump the American Ahmadinejad’

An Iranian American reader is worried about her family and friends in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban on the citizens of Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and, of course, Iran:<p>My father is a small business owner in the Midwest, managing a manufacturing company of 20 employees. He …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Persian rice with dill and broad beans

This is cooked the Persian way, with butter and oil creating a crusty bottom in the pan. It's good with chicken and lamb but especially lovely with fish.<p>SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1.5kg broad beans in their pods<br>• 435g basmati rice<br>• 40g butter<br>• 50ml olive oil<br>• 160g chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley (two-thirds dill …

Stay Out of the Cold, Curl Up with December's Best Scifi and Fantasy Books Instead

It’s practically winter. Why go outside and trudge through the bitter cold when you can stay in and read? This guide to December’s most exciting book …

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive …

Books

Top 5 2017 SF&F Novels I’m Already Thankful For

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States.<p>Family. Turkey. Football. Reading. Relaxing. It is a day that means a great deal to those who take the …

Books

What’s the Use of Regret?

A few weeks ago I was sitting poolside in Florida with a friendly retiree who was standing in the warm aqua water, beaming with friendliness. We started chatting, first about his hometown, Pittsburgh, and the many great athletes from there. Soon the conversation pivoted to Vietnam and his …

Time I

Albert Camus on the Will to Live and the Most Important Question of Existence

“The body’s judgment is as good as the mind’s, and the body shrinks from annihilation. We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”<p><i>“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Books

Finding Silence: Indra Das’s “The Devourers”

<i>There is a way between voice and presence</i> <i><br>where information flows.</i> <i><br>In disciplined silence it opens.</i> <i><br>With wandering talk it closes.</i><p>— Rumi, “Only …

The Morning Routine That Will Save You 20 Hours a Week

The first 3 hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.<p>The traditional 9-5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor it made sense, but not in the knowledge-working world we now live in.<p>Although this may seem obvious …

Time Management

The 10 Steamiest Romance Novels Every Woman Should Read

A Scot in the Dark author Sarah MacLean recommends her favorites.<p>Sarah MacLean is an expert in romance. She's been reading them since the age of 12, and estimates that she's read more than 6,000 in her lifetime (she has more than 1,000 in her home office, and that doesn't include her Kindle). She's …

World's Smartest Physicist Thinks Science Can't Crack Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot lately about consciousness, the ultimate enigma. I used to think why there is something rather than nothing is the ultimate …

Consciousness

Want to Be More Focused and Happier? Use Your Brain Like This

How to go from "overwhelmed" to "accomplished."<p>Have you ever been in the middle of working on something <i>really</i> important--like a report your boss wants "yesterday" or a presentation you have to give at the next staff meeting--only to have your mind drift away...right in the middle of it?<p>Perhaps you …

Magnifying Glass

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s Sarong Party Girls, reviewed.

In 2009, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan found herself hanging out in Singapore with a group of newly divorced high school friends who had started calling …

Popular Fiction
Psychology

Brexit’s ‘Meaning’? Globalization Sucks.

After decades reporting from around the world, the author concludes the EU, NAFTA, and similar schemes have brought many people more misery than …

Margate hipsters beware: the Daily Margz has lattes and laptops in its sights

Tracey Emin, Wayne Hemingway et al, take note, satirical blog the Daily Margz is on a mission to ridicule all that is supposedly ‘retro’ and ‘quirky’ about Margate. Here are some of its acerbic blogposts …<p>‘I wanted to get in while it was still possible to parody some of the stuff going on,” says …

North Sea

3 fantasy writers to read while you wait for George R.R. Martin to finish Game of Thrones

Last year, George R.R. Martin released the latest new chapter from the next book in his <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> series, <i>The Winds of Winter.</i> It offers a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in the world of <i>Game of Thrones</i> as it exists on the page, but it’s really just a glimpse: As of this writing, <i>The</i></i> …

Books