The Curious Case of Kejriwal’s Electricity Bill

According to an RTI reply earlier this week, whose query was filed by advocate Vivek Garg who is also a RTI activist, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s electricity bill was about Rs 91,000. The General Administration of Delhi government presented the bills which showed that Kejriwal’s bill at his...

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Greece Referendum: The Unresolved Dilemma

A lot of things are at stake as the country passes through its toughest phase in history. The people are indeed the biggest stakeholders. It might be contestable if the troika or any other creditors have a greater stake in the Greece debt crisis, but being the worst affected...

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Why ISIS Expansion Is Increasing Its Legitimacy

The momentum with which the ISIS has been expanding into regions of Iraq, Lebanon and Nigeria is troubling. The systematical ideological subordination exercised by this self proclaimed Caliphate is what has become more frightening than the territorial expansion which has rendered its accentuation as a legitimate system of governance.

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Inside Out: A Movie For The Feels!

Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen; Inside Out is an epitome of talent and recreation. The characters; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness have been beautifully dubbed by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith respectively.

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Lennon To Yo Yo: From Music To Noise?

German sociologist and scholar of the 20th century named Theodore W. Adorno once said, "People know what they want because they know what other people want". This one sentence is able to explain the whole psyche of producers and consumers throughout the world.

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2 Best Drum-and-Bass Funk Duos

As a bass player, I absolutely love it if I have a drummer behind me who can hold down a groove solidly but explore a little by himself. As most (legitimate) musicians will tell you, the rhythm section of a band, that is, bass and drums, is absolutely essential...

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An Open Letter To All Fathers

Did you focus so much in giving her all the comforts in the world that you forgot to make her independent? For example, sending your car whenever she was outdoors, instead of letting her use public transportation. Do you think instead of standing up for her and defending her...

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Refugee Or Outcast?

A recently released report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees puts the number of displaced people globally at 60 million. The reasons for the displacement of people in such huge numbers vary, but clearly the most visibly hard- hitting symbol of the new global problem is the...

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The Ugly Truth Behind The Bars

Sexual abuse is one of those lingering problems which have seeped deeply into the society. We have often seen and heard of cases when a woman has been brutally sexually assaulted, but how many times have the cases of men being sexually abused brought to light? The most frequent...

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Katti Batti, Yet Another Typical Chick Flick?

Kangana, yet again, plays the role of a free spirited girl (Payal) who lives life on her own terms. Doing away with the stereotype that casual sex is unacceptable, and that girls are ingenuous, pure and the epitome of honour, she gleams with unbridled passion for living life queen...

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Ulysses, Joyce’s Immortality: Bloomsday is Today

“On this very day, June 16, 111 years ago the commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel “Ulysseus” (1922) are relived—the date on which the novel is set— attract extreme ends of the panorama of literary zest in...

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A Dream That’s Still A Dream

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream Martin Luther King’s dream is still existing as a dream. The reality is quite far from what he...

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After Maggi, Is It Now Haldiram’s Turn?

The US FDA reportedly found high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria in the Indian products. Most of the snacks rejected this year were manufactured by Haldirams, a popular Indian food brand. The US report mentioned products manufactured by Haldirams, especially, cookies, wafers and biscuits are “filthy, putrid or...

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The Plight of the African Continent

Two days ago, the South African high court issued an order to ensure that Sudanese President Omar Hassan- al Bashir does not leave the country, which he is visiting for an African Union summit to be held in Pretoria. The success of this move is in doubt, especially given...

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An Open Letter To Mr. Tim Hunt

Dear Mr. Tim Hunt, Once again you have been successful in marking your presence by giving a chauvinist statement. But, you have already accepted that you are a chauvinist, haven’t you? You believe that male scientists are troubled by women scientists. “Let me tell you about my trouble with...

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MODIfication Of FTII Under Process

  Not long ago in August, 2013  the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) mercilessly assaulted four students of the premium institute. More than two hundred students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) held a silent protest against the assault. History...

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Why This Indian Lesbian Ad Deserves To Be Viral

Advertisements are usually 30 seconds of creativity. They promise to give you that much needed break from an intense emotional scene, a nail-biting IPL match or a World Cup face-off between Pakistan and India. At times, ads are made to strike a chord with the customer, giving the viewer...

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Manipur Mayhem: A Distorted Tale?

Aftermath of the Manipur ambush: Over the last two weeks, more than 18 Indian soldiers have been killed with 15 others injured in Manipur’s Chandel district. These attacks were fostered by the north-east militants. This turned out to be the worst amongst the many attacks on the Indian Army in...

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Neck to Neck: India vs Bangladesh

The crucial series between the World Cup quarter finalists and semifinalists, Bangladesh and India-respectively, is set to kick off on the 10th of June, 2015 in Bangladesh. The series will be inaugurated with a 5 day test, after which the teams move on to play 3 One Day Internationals...

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Dil Dhadakne Do. No Really, Dil Dhadakne Do!

1 million views and countless controversies later, this movie has been the subject of everyone's debate recently. However, my side of the controversy is rather atypical of the views of general folks. A perfect depiction of a loaded, Hindu family’s social norms and associated emotions, this movie gives us...

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The Saga of Scams And Fake Offers in E-retail

From dispatching marble stones in place of an iPhone to Vim bar in place of mobiles to posting fraudulent discounts to gain traffic on site, they have done it all. Yesterday, a screenshot went viral online, in which Flipkart had intentionally inflated the price of a product only to...

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Pre-Maggi, Food-Controversies That Shook the World

Controversy is a part and parcel of our lives. Apparently, for controversy to survive we need bans. And the more, the better. We reconnoiter the most unlikely foods (to be) outlawed across the world/India. Ketchup is no “kool”. France has an allergy for all things American. So, when the...

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He To She: Bruce To Caitlyn

A 36D breast implant and facial feminization surgery later our dear old Bruce of the Jenner family is now calling himself Caitlyn. After happily saying goodbye to her masculinity, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, Bruce confirmed the rumors, saying, “I’m a Woman”. It seems as though spectacles...

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Ban-Ban, All Over the Country

On May 22, 2015, a students’ group from IIT Madras, the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC), held a conference in the IIT-M premises discussing Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s relevance in contemporary times. Within this conference, it is rumoured that they also criticised the Narendra Modi-led government’s “pro-corporate” policies, and of...

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Makings Of A Champion Team, Mumbai Indians!

With blames on the star studded coaching staff of the team to the newer players in the squad, there were many critics criticizing the incessant defeats faced by the team. However, ironical as it may be, both of the coaching staff and the budding players worked in MI’s favour,...

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This Is How Your Prime Minister Insulted You

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have seen his first major gaff in his foreign travels, as the hashtag #ModiInsultsIndia trends in response to a speech he delivered to the Non Residential Indian (NRI) community in Shanghai. “Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian. Now you feel proud to...

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Time To Say Bye To Our 4 AM Friend, Maggi?

The mouth-watering aroma of our favorite go-to snack, however, is under the threat of being banned in India. The Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), urging the board to cancel Maggi’s license.

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‘Don’t Stop’ Chaiya Chaiya

We all remember having danced to Shah Rukh Khan’s chhaiya chhaiya as kids, don’t we? It’s time we danced to that tune once again, with a bit of twist, though. A mash-up of Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop and Chaiyya Chaiyya, the song from Dil Se that featured the actor dancing on a train with...

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When Money Speaks Louder Than Judiciary

Unsurprising as it may be, this judgment comes in the wake of Salman Khan’s bail and the suspension of his conviction that held him guilty of culpable homicide in the 2002 hit-and-run case. Both the cases and the pattern in which the verdicts have been delivered underline the bias...

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Four More Temblors Shake Nepal

As per the initial reports, approximately 32 people have lost their lives in Nepal while over 1000 people have been injured. The earthquakes that took place today were shallow, that is, 10km deep. Shallow earthquakes are far more dangerous pertaining to the high amount of energy released over a...

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Because, The Will To Help Is All You Need

The “Play For A Cause” event that took place at the Striker Pub and kitchen in Delhi, yesterday, saw different artists from India and Nepal came together to raise funds and awareness for the recent catastrophe that claimed innumerable lives and destroyed the countless homes. A concept by Parikrama’s...

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AB de Villiers Does It Again And How!

So, the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai witnessed yet another groundbreaking record being set in its lap. Proving to the entire world that he is the best batsmen that there is at present, South Africa’s AB de Villiers conjured up a smashing 133 (a score the remains unbeaten) off 59...

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Please Watch Piku, As Many Times You Want!

Bhaskor is as opinionated, suspicious whimsical and yet cute, as any annoying but loving granddad would be. As usual Amitabh Bachchan’s comic timing is amazing, his inconsistent but adorable Bangla-Hindi accent crackle with drollness, and his body language is just perfect.

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The Bad Men Of Bollywood

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been found guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking. He has been convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. “All charges against you have been proven,” announced Judge DW Deshpande. “You were driving the car, without a...

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