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For more than a century, betel leaves from Tirur in Kerala have been much in demand in the paan mandis of Pakistan. But rising train fares, Indo-Pak tensions and the demand for paan masala have seen these paan mandis reduced to memories.




Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »


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