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13 unseen copies of the Quran are on display at the National Museum in Delhi

A first-of-its-kind exhibition of the Quran, scripted in various calligraphic styles and inscribed in different eras, opened at the National Museum in Delhi today. The exhibition, inaugurated by former National Museum curator (manuscripts) and scholar Nasim Akhtar, will run till March 31. “This exhibition explains the emergence and proliferation of various styles of calligraphy and […]

18th century Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for £14m

An 18th century Chinese vase, left for decades in a shoebox in France, has sold for 16.2m euros (£14.2m). The vase was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Paris on Tuesday and sold for more than 20 times its estimated guide price – 500,000 to 700,000 euros. It’s the highest price ever reached for a single item […]

2 Indians nominated for Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy

Kolkata-born Mimi Mondal has become the first Indian writer nominated for a Hugo award for a book she co-edited. Also on the nominee list is Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Bhatia, along with seven other editors and staff of the Strange Horizons magazine. The Hugo Awards recognise, annually, the best published science fiction and fantasy (SFF) work […]