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The Weekend Fix: Religious fault lines in Sri Lanka are widening and nine other reads

Everything you need to know for the day (and a little more).

Weekend reads

  1. Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh event in Nagpur was an oppurtunity lost. Having risked his reputation, the former president did not make much of the chance except that, for the record, he said all the politically correct things, argues Suhas Palshikar in Indian Express
  2. In the Eastern province of Sri Lanka, Hindu Tamils oppose Muslim teachers wearing the abaya, an Arab gown, to school. This opposition is symptomatic of the widening fault lines in the island nation’s ethnically most diverse region, reports Meera Srinivasan in The Hindu. 
  3. Though more expensive than their unbranded counterparts, they do not compromise on quality, and are now easily available, says Ashok Kumar Vaid in Business Line on the need for pushing branded generic drugs. 
  4. Amanda Mull in Racked says that Dove’s Real Beauty campaign that sought to lift up women really just limited their acceptable emotions. 
  5. Is wrestling a metaphor for current global politics? Andrew Kay in The Point writes on how rivalries in this sport mirror the rivalries and power equations in global politics. 
  6.   As the first woman in Chinese literature to come out as openly gay, Qiu Miaojin adopted and humanised the bestial expectations of a cruel public, writes Ankita Chakraborty in Longreads. 
  7.   On Chicago’s Southside, Clarissa Glenn worked for ten years to get her husband out of prison after the police planted evidence on him. Her efforts ended up overturning thirty-two other convictions.  
  8. What does it mean to be a saturation diver? Jen Banbury reports on a profession that is weird, dangerous and isolated. 
  9. Half the way with Mao Zedong: How Students for a Democratic Society went from building a mass movement to embracing the politics of self-destruction. 
  10. The People of Ram: Joydip Mitra’s photo essay captures a community in Chattisgarh that claims the deity for its spiritual and social uplift. 
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Synesthetes can ‘see’ music, ‘taste’ paintings, ‘hear’ emotions...and experience other sensory combinations based on their type. If this seems confusing, just pay some attention to our everyday language. It’s riddled with synesthesia-like metaphors - ‘to go green with envy’, ‘to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth’, ‘loud colours’, ‘sweet smells’ and so on.

Synesthesia is a deeply individual experience for those who have it and differs from person to person. About 80 different types of synesthesia have been discovered so far. Some synesthetes even have multiple types, making their inner experience far richer than most can imagine.

Most synesthetes vehemently maintain that they don’t consider their synesthesia to be problem that needs to be fixed. Indeed, synesthesia isn’t classified as a disorder, but only a neurological condition - one that scientists say may even confer cognitive benefits, chief among them being a heightened sense of creativity.

Pop culture has celebrated synesthetic minds for centuries. Synesthetic musicians, writers, artists and even scientists have produced a body of work that still inspires. Indeed, synesthetes often gravitate towards the arts. Eduardo is a Canadian violinist who has synesthesia. He’s, in fact, so obsessed with it that he even went on to do a doctoral thesis on the subject. Eduardo has also authored a children’s book meant to encourage latent creativity, and synesthesia, in children.

Litsa, a British violinist, sees splashes of paint when she hears music. For her, the note G is green; she can’t separate the two. She considers synesthesia to be a fundamental part of her vocation. Samara echoes the sentiment. A talented cellist from London, Samara can’t quite quantify the effect of synesthesia on her music, for she has never known a life without it. Like most synesthetes, the discovery of synesthesia for Samara was really the realisation that other people didn’t experience the world the way she did.

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