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Malefic intent

It was interesting to read 'What used to be mine could now be yours' (May 4). There are many flaws attached to the proposed amendment. Firstly, it seems ambiguous as it does not make it clear about those divorcee women who are independent, working and drawing a handsome income. Frankly, such women should be kept out of the said proposal otherwise a man will have to part with his 'own-made ' property as well as the ancestral one. Secondly, there is no mention for a divorcee woman if she remarries again. It may be suggested that after remarriage the concerned woman should return back such property which she procures as part of the alimony from her previous husband.

L S Dharmesh, via email

Begum forever

'The singer who died unsung' (May 4) on Shamshad Begum, the original nightingale of India, was a good obituary. The Lahore-born (not Amritsar as per belief) singer first made her mark singing non-filmi songs for AIR's Lahore station in 1930s. When her career began Indian cinema had barely started talking. And the Golden Age of melody in Hindi films was gone when it ended. Interestingly two of her top songs were picturised on males (but both dressed as a woman), Biswajeet for 'Kajra mohabbatwala' and Mehmood for 'Nathaniya hale to bada maza hoye' (film: Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong). She will continue to live in the hearts of millions of her fans across the world through her immortal songs.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, via email

Merely nor-mal

It was interesting to read from faraway USA the story 'And the Malayalis are loving it' (Society, April 13) about Kerala now turning into a consumerist paradise with locals buying goods in glitzy malls. I am afraid this present change of mindset for malls could be just a temporary phase. There is an old adage in Malayalam for this, it goes: "aarambha sooratham", which roughly means the craze for anything new. I've often seen such fads come and go. Why, there was even a time when Malayalees in Kerala were against anything old or archaic including traditional architecture and frowned upon old tiled houses and wooden ceilings and the lot. At least the fads are changing.

Gopalan Menon, on the website

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