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EVEN LEFT CAN BE “RIGHT”!!!

A little girl tries to cut paper along a straight line, yet her cutting is rather uneven. She fails to understand why the task that appears to be so easy to her friends and peers can emerge so Herculean for her. The result of her efforts is low grades...

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Yamuna…..JI?

What do you feel for your mother? Stupid question, right? Love of course …what else can you feel towards someone who gave you life, and continued to protect and nurture throughout her life. Well if that’s so then tell me in which culture throwing garbage at your provider...

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The Bourne Ultimatum

Fasten your seatbelts; the ride of the year is here -the Final installment in the Bourne series -Bourne Ultimatum. The movie which is loosely based on the book by Robert Ludlum by the same name stars the very talented Matt Damon, reprising his role as the...

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Relations between India and Pakistan

The people of the Indus valley civilization-a civilization that lived 2000 years ago-a society which accomplished what men today have not-leading a life of peace and harmony. Two nations, born a day apart from each other; two countries, striving for recognition by the larger world community; two states,...

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Star-Studded KANK could not save the day for KJ

Imagination knows no bounds !! Going strictly by this parameter, KANK is a jewel in the kitty of Dharma productions. Unlike the previous ventures KANK isn’t a girl meets guy, enter the third actor love triangle; but explores the rather sticky terrain of infidelity. Though it is for the first...

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A Satyagrahi forgotten…

September 11, 2006, was celebrated as the centenary of Gandhi’s satyagraha. All through the last quarter of the previous year, we spent in discussing Gandhi, his concept of satyagraha and its relevance today. Many a debates were held, the term sprouted all over the place, meanings were discussed, its...

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Devil’s Triangle or Urban Legend

Deep, swirling waters – a place where ships and airplanes disappear, leaving no trace of their human cargo or even a twisted metal hulk. Unfortunately this description hasn’t been lifted from a science fiction novel; instead this is how sailors and pilots describe the notorious waters of the Bermuda...

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Haphazard History of Ramayana

In the last few days, all the readers of the prime selling newspapers have been inflicted by several views on the existence of Rama and creation of Ramasetu, better known as Adam’s bridge. It is surprising to notice that people from all walks of life have voiced their priced...

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LIVING WITH THE DEVIL

Recently our maid entered the house, wearing her threadbare sari which entirely failed to conceal the ugly purple bruises all over her body. Her wretched condition was a reminder of a feature of their life common to all the maids who had worked in our house. It is the...

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Are You Listening?

DISCLAIMER: This article is more for fun than anything else. Please read it in that tone. I am not making any sweeping generalizations and am only talking about a marginal section of the students! If I ask you for a moment to think of a context relating the phrases “peer...

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YOUNG AND RESTLESS…

I turned eighteen quite recently and quite suddenly. First things first, the ‘I am now an adult’ thing is majorly over hyped. All the problems of the world vanishing, a new dawn, a brilliant flash of light…nothing of the sort happened, what happened instead was this article,...

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

I had always taken great pride in telling people that I was planning to pursue a language. French, I would say, with an air of superiority. Yes, I am going taking French lessons, from Alliance Francaise. I had done some French in school, and had always considered myself...

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Biodiversity conservation and food security

From the millions of genes that serve as life’s building blocks, to the thousands of plants and animals that inhabit the earth, to almost the limitless combinations of organisms that make up the natural eco-systems, biodiversity makes an essential contribution to feeding the world. Human beings are just one...

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READY…….1 2 3…..GO!!!!!

After days of endless discussions, debates and heated arguments, the 123 agreement, lovingly christened as “the Nuke Deal”, remains as unresolved as it was on March, 2006 when President of the United States, Mr. George Bush first announced his intention of nuclear cooperation during his visit to India. The thirty...

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Twenty20 WC: Not for the faint-hearted!

After churning out their way to the semi-finals, the team11 and the billion supporters were all geared up for the big encounter, the India-Australia match. While Australia had the title of ‘World Champions’ to bank upon, India had the experience of Yuvraj, Dhoni, Harbhajan along with the raw aggression...

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Free Market for Education

The common myth regarding the development of primary education, which is suitably considered as the stepping-stone to secondary and higher education, is that it needs crores of donor allocation from the national budget in order for its condition to improve. A layman moralist would preach, “The Government should spend...

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A Divine Trip to Dalhousie

Nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, in the Chamba and the Pangi valleys, lies a beautiful, pristine hill-station, which takes your breath away at the very first sight. It is an ideal weekend getaway for the tired and the stressed soul, away from the hustle-bustle and traffic jams of the...

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Damned Daughters

It’s Daughter’s Day. What will the daughters of India be doing to celebrate this day that celebrates them? They will be sitting in a candlelight vigil at Central Park, Cannaught Place, the heart of the capital city of India. They will be doing this because they have finally decided...

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Unnamed

He looks at the silhouette, A beautiful figure in the dark. She is silent, floating in a mist A creature of the night. Untamed. He tries to grasp her, hold her in his arms. She escapes once more. Like the dust which trickles through . . .

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The Blu Revolution

The product line of information storage devices just became more interesting with the announcement of the Blu Ray Discs – and the timing couldn’t have been better. With the home PC storage expanding into terabytes, the DVD is failing to meet customer demands. This is where Blu Ray discs,...

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L’angoisse.

L’angoisse. Angoisse (n) Anguish, Distress. A film on Child Sexual Abuse. Direction and Screenplay: Shayoni Sarkar [MEDIA=7] When I first started out on the concept of the film, I realised that I am handling a very sensitive topic. Child Sexual Abuse is visibly kept under wraps and to...

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18 years and 1 Feature Film

The Simpsons have been the dominant force on television for almost two decades! It has been the longest running show on American television. The movie created a buzz for all Simpsons Super fans, who had been waiting for this moment for a long time. The incredible family has come...

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THE ANSWER MY FRIEND…

As the winding road descends right into the lap the Khasi hills, the familiar smell which I have learnt to love all my life comes back, with it come back a million thoughts. An unexplained feeling of curiosity , anticipating changes and wishing that everything is just the way...

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ACTIONS

I was walking, with the birds and the bees, and the children and the trees, but I was walking… I was running, with the aunty to the kitty party . . .

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SUPER HYPER MARTS

Some call it innocence, some call it sheer dumbness, but the fact remains the same: Consumerism has arrived. Suddenly one doesn’t need a walk around the park as a stress buster; a walk in the shopping malls is enough. Suddenly, one doesn’t need certain specific qualities to...

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Redefining Nationalism

Recently when Dr.Manmohan Singh was awarded a degree of Letters by the University of Jammu, he promised that efforts will be made to convert the LOC into “Line of peace” so as to allow free flow of ideas and opinions. However, what remains unchallenged and unaltered even today is...

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Yet another uncontrollable yawn?

It is a swooning hot summer afternoon, 2.45 pm and as usual I am running late. I walk out of the hostel wishing to find a rickshaw right outside. Unfortunately, there is none, I walk a little ahead and find one. “Bhaiyaa…” , I say. “Bhaiya…metro station janaa hai”, I...

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Kimi Rules at Spa

Belgium is famous for two things; their waffles and the 14 Formula-1 car pile up in 1998. After a one year hiatus the Belgium grand prix is back. On the final leg of the European race circuit, Scuderia-Ferrari’s number one driver just closed up to the silver devils...

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Words on Terror

Six years ago, all hell broke lose. Six years ago, the pages of history were tainted red. Six years ago, the repulsive face of terrorism surfaced. September 11, 2001. A day when the world was muted as the majestic twin towers crumbled to the ground, while millions and millions of us...

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Jet Set Go !!

Starting 1 January 2008, Jet Airways (India) Ltd, nation’s biggest domestic carrier will be allowed to start operations to Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain, becoming the first private player to receive government’s clearance. The civil aviation ministry had granted these traffic rights to the private player, in response to...

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Ganesha Ala Re

In Indian tradition, the principle of “Athithi Devo Bhava” or “Guest is God” is well known, but when it comes to the Ganesh festival, the opposite holds true; “Devo Athithi Bhava”. Indeed for the duration of the festival, which can be anything from 2 to 11 days, Lord...

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Losing is Difficult…

The food we eat every day contributes to our well-being and provides us with the nutrients we need for a healthy body and the calories we need for energy. If we eat too much, however, the extra food turns into fat and is stored in our bodies. If we...

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10 Thing I hate About You: Watch it to Love it!

”I burn, I pine, I perish,” says Cameron, the new guy at Padua High School. If the movie reaches to those it’s targeted to i.e. the teens, they’d definitely recognize some dialogues from the last play they caught at their college auditorium. ”I burn, I pine, I perish,” is...

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Mall Review: The City Centre, Hyderabad

The Charminar with old-world charm, the city’s tehzeeb and the globally renowned Hyderabadi Biryani—rings a bell? Yes, to an outsider, Hyderabad, as a city is identified with these entities. An emerging capital of Information Technology, Hyderabad, unlike other tech-cities such as Bangalore and Gurgaon, is still on the verge...

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Women and Politics

“Women Empowerment” is a government slogan. There is a ministry for Women and Child development. There are laws against female foeticide, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. Determined women are carving their own niche in every field including those which were entirely male dominated till 1947. Despite...

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Making Talent a Profitable Business

As I sit down for my daily dose of TV viewing, in the evening and start scanning the channels for a ‘watchable’ television show, I come across many options. What strikes me is the extremely large number of ‘Talent Shows’ that are currently on air. All of whom demand...

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Hunger

“My father sold me because we had nothing to eat”, says 8-year-old Sakeena of Afghanistan, who was sold by her father to a forty year old man as his third wife. Roger Moore on his return from Zambia had this to say-“ People have to walk miles to get...

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“Where the Mind is without fear…

A classroom is typical spicy Indian chutney. A finely ground, thick paste of the most delectable of ingredients, each unique in itself, spiced with the most varied of flavors that range from the fiery hot to the sugary sweet, its real taste is only revealed when it meets its...

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Damn It’s Die Hard

First, the good things: Good things? Damn, it’s Die Hard guys. Detective John McClane is back. And once more, he is put into a situation he wasn’t prepared for. This time some cyber terrorists have taken control of the nation’s computer system. McClane, gets involved in the middle of...

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Social Networking Site: Orkut

In today’s busy lifestyles of people who work almost 15 hours a day, no one has time to go and meet their relatives and friends or call them up. In such a busy environment, social networking sites like MySpace, Cyworld, Facebook, Tagged, Jhoos, Gazzak, Bebo and many more...

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The Indian Story

India, the largest democracy of the world, has been an enigma, a mystery, and a miracle for most parts of the globe. Despite its abounding pluralities, diversities and roadblocks in all dimensions, India today is acknowledged as a world power. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “There are repeated periods of decay...

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Go India!!

For all those discerning travelers making their way to India, life will get much simpler! No more worrying about finding the right kind of hotel…be it a suave and stylish boutique hotel, a no nonsense business hotel ,a rejuvenating spa resort or even a clean (yes, a...

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A Little Less Conversation

Treat to the eyes but an assault to the senses; I am talking about the wonder of the half eaten apple - THE I-PHONE. The i-phone, I grudgingly admit, is artistically made. The black exterior with the touch screen, stirs up a lot of excitement. There are physical buttons...

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Chak De India!

So India has won the Asia Cup 2007. Suddenly hockey is big news. Personally I think ‘Chak De’ starring SRK had much to do with it than any actual hockey-play . But if hockey is big news, turns out cricket is bigger news….any day. Despite losing the series to...

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Casting Magic with ‘The Blue Umbrella’

In one particular scene in the movie, Pankaj Kapur, apparently unaware of the abstruse connotation of the statement says, “To acquire something that gives peace of mind, one does not see profit or loss.” And that captures the spirit of this heartfelt story, which makes one appreciate the simple...

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Conversation with a Fanatic

I have always considered myself to be a very tolerant person, tolerant towards everyone, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or race. I spent my childhood in a Muslim dominated area, studied in a Bahai school, followed by a Christian high school. A Hindu by birth, deeply influenced by...

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The Flight to Taxes

Arthur Clarke has said - This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we might not have one. And this in a nutshell encapsulates the grave situation that confronts all of us as global citizens today. However endlessly...

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Copy cats

Experiencing déjà vu while sitting in the movie theatre or while listening to a song on the radio? This is Bollywood for you today. Or should I say Bollycat? Afterall a lot of the most popular songs and movies are blatant rip offs of Hollywood or some other international...

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Globalization: An Engine of Inequity

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. (Marx, 1847). I choose to start this article with what, at first at glance, may look like it has nothing to do with the subject. I am, however, of the opinion that this phrase is, not just...

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Mission Admission

The last 2 years of schooling are often dubbed as the “Most Important Time of One’s Life.” If not all, many face the challenge of making some vital decisions that determine the course of their lives. Students are encouraged to invest every possible effort in this period to...

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INTERVIEWING “I”

I recently learned about a social networking community called Orkut. My friend urged me to join the community and sent me an e-form to be filled .As I sat in front of the CRT screen and began to fill the form; the first section demanded me to write few...

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Students and Politics

The most progressive, articulate, inspired and dynamic segment of the country’s population is the student’s community. The formative period of student’s life should be utilized for an all round balanced development of his/her personality. Political experience constitutes an essential part of this learning experience. This period prepares one to...

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Peace ? Its cool, man !

“Umm…not very much, I guess?”, “err….ahem……. I pray a lot before an exam!”, “Yes, I will answer your question but can you tell me the exact meaning of spirituality please?” were some of the responses received when a group of researches from a leading English daily, set out to...

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Brand Conscious Movies

“Chak de India” happens to be the most recent film that I saw after a long time. Surprisingly enough, apart from Shahrukh Khan’s charms and the movie’s well directed shots in hockey field, many brands stayed with me even after I came out of the theatre. Puma, Ultratech Cement...

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Ethical Journalism: What’s That?

A suspicious car driven all by itself without a driver & the news channels trying their best to uncover the mystery, a 6-year-old boy Prince is rescued from a 55-feet pit & the news channels rejoice as if India has won the world cup, explicit pictures of Mika &...

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Celebrations Unlimited: The Hindustani way of Life

Happy B’day Butter thief! B’day?… nah Janmashtami; butterthief? Nah…makhan chor! The WCP (western culture phobic) can take a chill pill; even the west has no ‘cure’ for our festivals. Remember the Ganesh Chaturthi festival that became a focal point for the masses during the Indian struggle for independence? Maybe...

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Corporate: Paisa, Power, Politics !

A meeting in progression. Participants range from corporate honchos and business tycoons to top-notch executives. The suave, decent looking and “sophisticated” class of people are negotiating over a lucrative deal; a deal that manages to highlight their true, “scandalous” inner selves- overtly amb . . .

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Iraq: The Best of the Worst Options

The U.S. presence in Iraq has been more lengthy and costly than what the U.S. administration had predicted. Way beyond the $1.7 billion estimate that Ted Koppel assured would be the U.S. contribution to Iraqi rebuilding. $250 billion had been spent by the nation by 2006, according to the...

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How the metro changed life in Delhi?

It’s strange how we get engrossed in our daily lifestyles in such a laborious manner that we forget to appreciate some of the good things in life. Delhi Metro is one of those good things that happened to Delhiites some three years back. Since then, there has been a gradual...

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We are a Mad Nation

Truly, we are a mad nation with passion parallel to Romeo’s eternal love! Not everyone gets to live in such high degree of insanity and craziness; I am among the lucky few chosen by God to dwell here. Therefore, similar to the like of mine born from the womb...

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Homosexuality: An Uncomfortable Truth

Homosexuality: what does one understand by this term? Homo=same, so that makes it same sexuality. It probably does not sound that embarrassing on paper, but utter this word in front of some people & be sure of getting a nasty smirk or possibly a weird glance or...

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Corporate Social Responsibility

“Social Responsibilities of Business” is not a new concept. Leading businessmen of the world have reaffirmed their belief in this concept. It affects their decisions and actions. In India too it’s not a new concept but the modern businessmen of our country are more concerned with it than their...

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The English Patient

A movie based on the booker prize (1992) winning novel of the same title by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, “The English Patient’ is director Anthony Minghella’s tribute to love, loss and all that comes in between. Set in the closing years of the Second World War, the story...

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Are Indians self-disciplined?

  Everyday we find ourselves blaming the government for our woes. Be it power shortage, dirty streets, traffic jams or water-logged drains, we say that the ‘system’ is faulty and the situation is never going to improve.It seems quite reasonable to do so. But pause for a moment and...

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THIRTY SECONDS OF FAME

Right from my school days, I have always aspired to be “famous”. The thought of sharing space with the glitterati, being surrounded by the paparazzi as well as thousands of fans, cheering and shouting for autographs, mesmerized me and drove me crazy. And why only me? Today people are...

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DUSU Polls: The butt of all jokes

The Delhi University Students Elections has seen, what one can say, a remarkably ridiculous year 2007, sending it in disarrays and revealing the stark truth behind the validity of its candidates contesting elections. This was triggered by the Delhi High Court’s decision to vacate the stay on Clause...

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Sabse Bada Rupaiyya………..??

In ancient India, the ideology of Guru-Dakshina was followed where a student would offer dakshina to the guru, or the guru would ask for something according to the capacity of the student. But in the modern education system ’Dakshina’ determines the Gurukul and the Guru. Like every...

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Is Objectivity a Myth?

The source selection and identification, coverage of minorities, privacy, and conflict of interest are some of the issues of ethical practice in Journalism. Objectivity is another one of these issues, which is a significant principle of journalistic professionalism. Basically, it is the efforts to avoid actual or perceived...

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Water

”yaad hain bitiya,jisese tumhara vivah hua tha?” ”nahi” ”wo ab nadi ke bhet chadh chuka hian.Tum ab widhwa ho chuki ho” ”Kab tak Baba?”

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Dolores O’Riordan – Are You Listening?

Dolores O’Riordan, returns to the music scene after a long hiatus with a sublime solo offering, “Are You Listening?” The Irish songstress is the formerly lead singer of Irish rock band “The Cranberries” which remains fresh in public memory for their early ‘90s hits “Zombie”, “Dreams” and “Linger”, Written...

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Save the Niyamgiri Hills

Dear Friends This is an appeal to all right thinking and environmentally conscious citizens to rally to the cause of saving Niyamgiri Hill, one of the most important biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Ghats of Orissa. The top of this hill is proposed to be mined by Vedanta Alumina Ltd,...

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Justify Justice

The judiciary system of India has for long courted controversies rather than solving them. Its bias towards the rich and the powerful, the celebrities and the MP’s, has put the nation to shame more often than not. The ordinary citizen, who is devoid of money and power, has to...

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Aur Woh . . .

All those looking forward to some marital advice …sorry to dash your hopes guys but you’ll have to look elsewhere. Science fiction freaks please check your imaginations too, cos that Spielberg variety of other is also ruled out…) for all those who have managed to stay with me, the...

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Is Internet Really that Bad???

The recent murder of a 16 year old Mumbai boy, Adnan Patrawala created a stir in the local and national media. Stories of how a social networking site was responsible for killing an innocent teenager were splashes all across the news channels. Debates on whether such sites on internet...

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I-D-ENTITY

”Who are you?” Was the question, with a very simple answer. But as I proceeded to answer the question I was amazed at the rapidity of my answer, and the answer itself… a name, an age, educational qualification and some very monotonous details. As I sat answering the...

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A Cross-Connection of Cultures

Anjan Dutta’s, ‘The Bong Connection’ fits well into the niche carved out for ‘multiplex’ movies. It has a contemporary feel and at the same time, the vital ‘desi’ link. The genre created keeping in mind the urbane that now enjoy watching ‘different’ movies. One of the first cross-over movies...

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University system of education

Oscar Wilde’s famous quote, “The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach” could not have been more apt in the present system of education. In fact, the very usage of the word ‘education’ seems inappropriate! As is often heard, education at...

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SENSEX: Indicating or Misguiding?

The term “Sensex” is not as sensational as it seems. It is in fact a mundane reference to The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index. The Sensex is the benchmark for the Indian Stock exchange, which captures the price movement. Theoretically, the rising Sensex is an indicator of economic growth...

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Mobiles – Miracle or Menace

The advancement in technology sector has greatly surpassed the expectation and imagination of an average human mind. While the ‘techies’ are diving deep into the sea of exploration and innovation, the masses are satisfied enough to keep an eye on What’s Next?? The recent outcomes of enthusiastic minds that...

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It is happening!!!

Its finally happening…the proverbial first step in our journey had been taken. Your response, the signing of petitions, forming of communities at various social networking sites, the very unrest that we sense in you, is what comprises a first but firm step forward. We brought you the story of...

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Feminism Misunderstood …

The dictionary defines feminism as advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the social, political and the economic rights of women. As simple as the definition may sound, the truth is that not many of us really understand what it stands for, much less practice...

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INSCRUTABLE AMERICANS

What are the key ingredients of a good read? You might say, a dash of spice, mixed with humor, and seasoned with suspense, toasted with a glass of drama. Well, Anurag Mathur’s ‘The Inscrutable Americans’ is just that kind of book, which one would enjoy at a coffee table,...

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Once upon a time: *gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were morepopular than cricket…*When Chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi kikahaniyaan were so fulfilling…*When we were exchanging comics and stamps, andchacha-chaudaris and billus were our heroes… *When the first rain meant getting drenched and playingin water and mud and making ’kaagaj ki...

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