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A Day in The Life Of A Human Robot

As I drove to work this morning, battling traffic and office deadlines alike, I happened to glance around at the serpentine line of cars around me. Every single person was in a race against time. As I stared at the funny juxtaposition of their crisply ironed shirts to their...

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Sword Mightier Than the Pen? Or Not.

What do Ashok Vajpayee, Nayantara Sahgal, Sarah Joseph, Uday Prakash and Rahman Abbas have in common? They are all literary heavyweights and recipients of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award. They have also been hailed as the torchbearers of India’s literary renaissance. However, there is one more thing in...

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Error 404: Equality Not Found!      

It seems like Uttar Pradesh is fast becoming controversy’s favorite child. Just days after the lynching of an elderly Muslim man, over rumors of cow slaughter, this time the folks of UP are back in the news for stripping and dragging two lower caste women for reasons unknown...

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Twin Peaks: 25 Years Of TV’s Cult Classic!

In 1990, came out a show that redefined prime-time television viewing in the US. With its iconic dialogue: “She’s dead. Wrapped in plastic.”, mystery-thriller Twin Peaks traced the investigation of the murder of a teenage girl in the (fictional) quiet and peaceful hilly town of Twin Peaks on the...

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Lynching & Religion: The Irony!

The mindless people, who were involved in the lynching in Dadri in western Uttar Pradesh of a person on the mere basis of a rumour, would argue that they did it “for their religion”. In recent times, anybody doing something “for their religion” is almost impossible to stop or...

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Boy v/s Girl: The Social Construction of Gender

Gender has various socio-cultural influences. Gender is not innate or determined by our genes. Instead gender is something that is constructed and reconstructed time and again due to human interaction and social life. Our chromosomes determine our sex. XX is female and XY is male. However, gender and sex...

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#BiharPolls: What Will Clinch the Deal?

With the campaigning for the Bihar Assembly polls heating up, all those involved in the election process- whether politicians, pollsters or the electorate- are placing their bets on what they think will be the deciding factor in these crucial elections. You, the reader, may have your own viewpoint on...

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#IndvsSA: A SWOT Analysis Of #TeamIndia

A mouth-watering contest is about to begin in a couple of days’ time. As South Africa arrive in India for their longest tour ever (in terms of days spent), it’s time we analyze whether the tagline for this series of Indian cricket “Mushkil Hai, Mazaa Aayega” (Star Sports India)...

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#RaGaPhirBhaga: Think Rahul, Think!

Every politician needs time to contemplate, rethink, analyze and plan- be it his/her strategies, plans or at times even ideology. But, Congress’ heir-apparent has been doing this for far too long now and more often than not. Agreed that his party is going through its worst phase and is...

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Why Lyricism Isn’t Dead In Hindi Music

To be an enthusiast or even have a healthy interest in lyricists like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Piyush Misra is like entering a metaphysical world packed with metaphors that are unparalleled. Sampooran Singh Kalra also known as Gulzar has a knack of painting detailed and dramatic pictures with his...

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Modi’s Digital India: What Is It All About?

Digital isn’t the word you’d often associate or put alongside India. We’re more familiar with using words like “traditional India”, “cultural India”, or “ancient India”, etc. India had its first brush with “information technology” and “digital” in the 80s under Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership and then in the early 90s....

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Is The Congress Trying To Be More Like The BJP?

In politics, everywhere, perceptions matter. Politics in India is no exception. Perceptions about political parties in India are created by either the leader/s of the party (Gandhiji’s or Nehru’s charisma determined the perceptions about the Indian National Congress during the freedom struggle and in the 1950s-60s, respectively), the slogans...

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When Social Media Goes Outside The Usual Gender Spectrum

According to an entry on the official Pinterest blog, “Pinterest is all about helping people discover and save creative ideas. And everyone—lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, ally, straight—is included in that mission … So if descriptors like “male” or “female” don’t quite work for you, you now have an...

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36-24-36: Debunking The Social Construct Of Beauty

Recently, there have been a number of celebrities including Megan Trainor and Jennifer Lawrence supporting the cause of body positivity. But it is often seen that in the attempt to acknowledge the fact that you can be beautiful while being overweight, people tend to shame those who are rather...

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Reservations: To Be Or Not To Be?

The debate on reservations in India is never ending. The latest chapter is the riots that have been triggered in Ahmedabad with the Patel community demanding an OBC status. Several killed, hundreds injured. This again brings into question the necessity and relevance of reservations.

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College Degrees: Reasonably Overrated?

According to the Wall Street journal- “India Graduates Millions, But Too Few Are Fit to Hire”. Our education system may be a very controversial and expansive topic, however as of now, a debate on the legitimacy of college degrees has been arising. What are college degrees anyway? They are...

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Jasleen Kaur Case: To Arrest Or Not To Arrest?

For the past one week, news and social media both have been swamped with the recent case of ‘eve-teasing’. The case went viral when the girl, Jasleen Kaur posted a picture of Sarvjeet Singh on Facebook along with his bike number accusing him of making obscene remarks and vulgar...

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Condoms: For Men And Women Alike

This is the 21st century. We are all aware and active. Culturally, socially, politically and most importantly, sexually. Sex has been a taboo, it might still be, but youngsters today do not hesitate in talking about sex, nor do they hesitate in indulging in sexual activities. Sex is good,...

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Movies And Trains: Of Landscapes, Journeys And Stories

The romance between trains and films has being going on since time immemorial. The lives of the characters are intricately weaved around trains and the railway platforms. Several lives are lived, various phases are experienced, love blossoms, hatred thrives and the train becomes an internal character itself. In...

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Modi’s Visit To Abu Dhabi: Why Is It Historic?

Addressing the world at the Madison Square Garden, exploring 12 countries in just under 29 days; Modi has without doubt come to be the Thomas Cook of Indian Legislation. Since the inception of his part-time touring career, Narendra Modi has grown intoa “PM of firsts”- first Prime Minister to...

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Bloggers In Bangladesh: The New Infidels

Blogging is the most recent way which writers, desperate to get their work and thoughts out, have used. Whether it is writing flowery creative pieces, ‘how-to’ tutorials or opinionated posts, bloggers post anything to everything. However, this year in Bangladesh, blogging has taken a rather bloody turn.

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Just Another Day: India’s 69th Independence Day

As I has just turned the Cambridge dictionary to learn the inherent meaning of “independence”, one thing caught my attention- the dictionary says, apart from the political aspect of independence i.e. a country being free from the governance of another country, the word has another aspect that is predominantly...

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7 Reasons Why Indian Education Deserves An F-

Many a time we come across suicides of students who couldn’t cope with the overburdening academic syllabus and the societal, family and school pressure of getting good marks. Why does it take the life of a poor student for people to realise that their coercion wasn't humanly tolerable and...

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An Open Letter To The Modern Indian Feminist

You are ever ready to promote the feminist agenda. Whether the issue is equal wages, over-sexualizing women in media or the oppressive gender roles that have been assigned to you. We can see you at the rallies and hear your opinion at every dinner table conversation when the topic...

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Steal, Borrow, Buy: Babies Up For Grabs

In today’s time of two-minutes Maggi jiffy, everyone needs everything: quick and instant.And that also includes, sadly, the process of child deliverance. Women who couldn't conceive before can now became mothers overnight after a brief stay in hospital. Childless couples returned home with their 'natural children' meeting their...

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Is Meninism Just Feminism Gone Wrong?

Lying in bed, one day a thought struck me- Why not ‘Meninism’? Curious, I decided to turn to google. Of the hundred-thousand results I got, a twitter page caught my attention. Called ‘ManForMeninism’- a parody of feminism, this page deliberated misconceptions people seem to have about feminists. With a...

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All You Must Know About Friendship Day

The transformation from paper-written pen friends to online-social network chats is not hundred-years-old. But one thing never changed- youngster’s beeline for gift-shops to buy choicest soft-toys, greetings cards and wrist bands. A materialistic display of abstract love – friendship. And this is possible because of Friendship Day!

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Drishyam: A Movie That Is Truly Deceptive

The Ajay Devgan starrer that released on Friday is the perfect example of a Bollywood movie with a movie star in the lead role aiming for big box office returns; big money in short. The trailer of the movie is well made. It excites you over a prospect of...

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