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It's not the 20th of May specifically - we have our own calendar, which is used alongside the western Gregorian calendar. Since dates don't map precisely you often find that we talk about dates in the Tamil system with the corresponding western dates. However the important context here is "with only three more auspicious dates" - there are specific dates, ...


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It's a bit of an odd translation - but the actual proverb goes: சேற்றில கல்லெறிஞ்சா அது மூஞ்சிலே தெறிக்கும் If you throw a stone at mud, it will splatter on your face. Apparently it is Tamil, but not specifically unique to the Tamil-Brahmin culture, who have a few linguistic quirks of their own. There's a less polite version that seems a better fit: ...


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TLDR: Contrary to the OP's assumptions, being nominated for a Nobel Prize and being shortlisted for one are two quite different things. We know some of the nominees for Nobel Prizes because their nominators tell people about it; the Nobel Prize Foundation does not require them to stay silent. Information about the shortlist is not released until fifty years ...


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The "law of the third-class" (well, second class now, since the third class has long since been abolished) is that as many people can sit on a space as is (in)humanly possible. That's to say, while seating may actually be for n people per bench, in a crowded train (occasionally even when it's not crowded) n+k people will be sitting, for some k > ...


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The implication is that the women aren't barren, their husbands are. And the children are the priest's. This is not unheard of in India even now. See, for example, this South China Morning Post article: “The problem does not pertain to rural India alone. In the National Capital Region [which encompasses Delhi and several districts around it], we have ...


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The very PDF you link to has part of the answer. See page 15 (in the PDF, not page number 15 as the book numbers it), for a list of other titles from the author, which includes this: SHORT FICTION *Dodu and Other Stories (1943) *Cyclone and Other Stories (1945) An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories (1947) *Lawley Road and Other Stories (1956) ...


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In the collection A Story-teller's World, published in 1989 by Penguin Books India. At least that's where I found it, after searching Google for part of the quote that you provided in your question. Other collections may also contain it, but this is where I found the clearest indication that it is the full text of his maiden speech to Parliament. It is in ...


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