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Mcleodganj: Where Worlds Collide

If there is one place that must figure on a list of places to visit before you die, then McLeodganj is the place. In the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, this place is a few kilometers from Dharamshala and is also called Little Lhasa. Small and tucked among the...

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Hachiko…Beyond all bounds!

As I browsed through the recommendations on the IMDB website I came across this movie Hachi- A Dog's Tale. I guess I was looking for something with a powerful story. Well...I am not very much into movies with dogs, I never had any pet or wanted one, but it...

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India Suffering from Stage Fright

The Art Institute of Chicago, September 1893. A 30 year old Orange-monk from India was feeling nervous before his speech. After all, he was carrying the idea and faith of more than 190 million people. He bowed to Goddess Saraswati and began his speech. “Sisters and Brothers of America.”

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‘Freedom’ for Self

No one cares to just stay, look and think, what is the rush for? Because each person, whether young or not, has been pushed into the race of making it best for themselves. But lets just ask ourselves, while we sit and study or do office work for hours...

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Rationality v/s Human emotions

The debate on the abolition of the ‘barbaric’ death penalty is the ‘masala chai’ these days. The sudden popularity is because UN has now declared it to be one of its never-ending missions to abolish this ‘draconian’ law. So now, everyone everywhere seems to be discussing this ‘cruel’ law,...

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What is the Concept Behind God?

At the outset, I would like to clarify my stand regarding God. I am not a self-effacing believer nor am I an atheist. I would like to undertake this article as an objective venture into understanding the ‘concept’ behind G-O-D. Wikipedia defines Deity as – a recognized preternatural...

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Why you Should be Afraid!

Scorching heat, swarming insects, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, drought, fever. These could be coming soon to a neighborhood near you Scientists warn that extreme weather events are likely to become common, and that ecosystems face permanent change. As animals migrate northward, creatures that have never approached your part of...

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The Unheard Cries of Burma

The sounds of silence regarding Burma are deafening. Facing certain violence, the Buddhist monks of Burma took to the streets to peacefully demand change in a country that has been ruled for forty-five years by the iron hand of military dictatorship. While it is true that many...

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Is it a Happy Halloween?

The world population has reached a frightening, horrifying new number, and it is not 6.5 billion. There are 7 billion people sharing planet Earth and more are coming. October 31 has been deemed the symbolic day of this new number, according to the Los Angeles Times, although the figure...

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Indo-US Relations Today

The US operation that killed Osama bin Laden took place in Pakistan. That fact means that Bin Laden's death, although an unqualified triumph, will have potentially disturbing implications for relations between the two countries. Bin Laden wasn't hiding in some cave in Afghanistan or even in those northern areas...

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India Outsources

Outsourced. You might have seen the movie. You might have watched the TV show. You might be a U.S survivor in a company that outsourced, or maybe you didn’t survive. You might have a family member or friend who was affected by outsourcing. You might have friends or coworkers...

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Gay? In India? No way!

Toronto has a fairly high Indian population: that is Indians from India, not people of the First Nations. Well, I guess we have a lot of both, but this post is about India. I don't normally follow a lot of what is happening that far away, although we often...

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The ‘Bad Mouthed’ Indian!

One thing which we Indians can never resist is our chronic urge to spit in public places. It gets really unnerving to see people carve out various slaked lime cum half chewed tobacco on the road with their incredibly talented spitting juggernauts.

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Fitness: Tackling Obesity

You know it’s a serious issue when Michelle Obama’s fighting against it. India too, suffers from an increased rate of obesity in children and teenagers. The WHO defines obesity as – abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The three main reasons for obesity in India are...

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Fifth Dimension of Indian Politics

Swaraj, as explained by Gandhiji, meant “self rule”. According to him, “Power resides in the people; they can use it at anytime. In such a state (of affairs), everyone is their own ruler. He rules himself in such a manner that he is never a hindrance to his neighbour.”

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No Strings Attached: Movie review

Romantic comedies are based on the tagline “A boy and a girl can never remain Just friends” where as a sex comedy is based on the fact that “All that matters is sex.” When one tries to make a romantic sex comedy, the amalgamation of the two taglines seems...

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Beauty Eyes the Lies of a Beholder

We've all heard the phrase, "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder". It sounds really great and would be true in an Utopian world, where beauty would not just be limited to the physical dimension and the true beauty of an individual would be determined by his nature,...

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Why I Was Born at Your Home?

When I was born, that was one of the most beautiful days of my parents’ life. They celebrated it with great pomp and show. As I grew, I began knowing the world around me. I initiated this practice from my home itself. Leela, the toilet-cleaner of our house, used...

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An Obituary for India

Friends, Family and former Citizens! We are all gathered here to pay homage to a great nation that almost survived for 100 years. Yesterday evening was the last sunset for India. Alas, she was just 1 day short of completing her centenary. An identity of “Bharat” which lasted for...

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“General” India is “Reserved-Out”

In the late 19th Century, rights of women were a hot topic in the western world. Married women of that era virtually had no property, income, employment, or even custody rights of their own children. According to International Commercial Law 1963, “By marriage, the personal identity of the woman...

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That Girl in Yellow Boots – Movie Review

That Girl in Yellow Boots is an Indian thriller movie, directed and produced by maverick director Anurag Kashyap starring Kalki Koechlin (Ruth) as protagonist. The movie was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. However commercial release was delayed by a year, both in India...

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Social Media Advertising with Online Video Ads

Online advertising campaigns are able to target consumers at any point in the purchase funnel, with a level of interactivity that consumers demand today, but it’s something which no other channel can deliver. Advertising online can build new levels of brand engagement and advocacy, generate almost immediate word-of-mouth, and...

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I Am In a College Now

In general, parents’ choice dictates our clothing and lifestyle till we are in high school. After that when we are at the verge of stepping into a college, we want to feel a sense of independency. We want to live our life our own way. Hence, we begin deciding...

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India in My Words, It is Time

It’s been 64 years ago since India won its freedom from the colonial forces after a prolonged struggle. Now, is the need for the people of our country to start yet another freedom struggle, sadly this time the enemy is within amongst us. When our country got independence, our...

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We Learn Everything by Chance

Our journey starts when God Almighty plans a union in our mother's womb Our destiny is written in our brain, when that sacred union is 4 months old, We grow eyes closed, swimming around in darkness controlled by remote power Until the moment arrives when we are ordered to move out to...

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What I Learned!

Steve Jobs was given up for adoption on birth, but his biological parents eventually married and had another child, who is Steve Job's biological sister. Jobs search for his biological family eventually led to his mother and his sister, but after learning about his father, he had no wish...

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The So-Called Democracies

The Wikileaks and the reaction of the US State Department towards it has proved that the foreign policies framed by elite policy makers in the Western Democracies are of an unsound nature and aimed at fooling the respective electorates into believing that they will solve all the problems and...

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The Eurozone Crash

In an absolutely predictable fashion the leaders of Eurozone's solvent nations have cobbled together a deal to save the beleaguered Greek economy from defaulting on its debts. Predicable because firstly if Greece had been allowed to default and quietly leave the single currency scheme as it should have been,...

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The 2012 Election and Social Media

Before addressing the “must-haves” for the President’s digital strategy, it’s important to understand said demographic, both as a consumer and as a voter. Not surprisingly, this audience dominates the online and social networking space. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 83% of Internet users age between 18-29...

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Independence, Still a Far Cry!

After 64 years of independence, I somehow feel a lot far from patriotic, because I wouldn’t like myself to be deemed as ‘unpatriotic’, or at least in the eyes of the public. As the Indian nation yet again unfurls its tricolour, I find very little reason to actually cheer....

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Gaddafi Deeds

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s body was buried in an unmarked grave at dawn on Tuesday at a secret location in the desert, according to Libyan National Transition council thugs.Is this dignified? Is this respectful? This after they kept him on the floor of a freezer for days. His son Mutassim...

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The 21st Century Despots

The US has for long fooled the rest of the world with insignificant and void treaties, a smile on the face, a shake in the hand and a Black President. The hand-shaker seems to be beleaguered with innumerable controversies it has been building for itself ever since the 9/11...

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India’s Payback Time

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Indian men’s Cricket team has always backed his team and more so, after the dismal and dismissive performance against England, in England during summer. But the fortunes seem to have changed this time around as India has been playing England in India in the...

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Occupy Wall Street: A Muddled Message

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) continues to grow and so does the gap between the left and the right. The occupiers are yelling and camping and doing all kinds of weird things, only making right wingers uncomfortable. The problem isn't with the message but the solutions OWS proposes. Here's the...

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The Thrust called Threat!

It's a good question, don't you think? The difference between OWS and TEA party rallies and protests are huge. At a TEA party rally, there are prayers - even for those against whom the group protests. The Pledge of Allegiance is often part of the rallies...

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The Gandhian Angle to OWS

What would the "Liberal" MSM do if it weren't for the internet forcing them to pay attention? (I give MSNBC only a partial pass, because they played musical chairs with Keith Olberman & Cenk Uygur.) They're still trying to make OWS protesters look like wingnut TP's with correctly spelled...

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Awesome Kerala

I never had a desire as strong and covetously as this. To write about something that is so close to my heart. This piece of writing is about Kerala, a place known as “God’s own country” from time immemorial. I had no belief in those words, until I experienced...

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An Evening Just Before the Examination

Oh these hateful exams, why do you create such an atmosphere which itself creates mistrust among people, makes them emotionless, insensitive to external stimuli but only focused upon one single path which leads them to kingdom of success. So what is this exam? An exam is a process of...

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Travelogue: Lansdowne

Nestled in the hilly arms of Uttarakhand is the quaint little town of Lansdowne. Being one of the few non commercialized hill stations of the country, it provides a perfect retreat from the traffic heavy life of the metros. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is...

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A National Park or National Disaster?

Our politicians have done it again. The honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh unveiled the Controversial Rashtriya Dalit Smarak in Noida amid much fan-fare. The park built on sprawling 33 hectares of land with more than 2 dozen statues of respected B.R Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and last but...

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Looking at Child Custody

While in the scenario of divorce, the court which has jurisdiction in excess of the divorce proceedings also establishes the partner that shall have custody of the children. Under the typical statutory provision, should the spouses have young children in concert while married, the mothers and fathers have joint...

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With or Without You

I am 21 and single. I have never been in a relationship, not even so much so, as a fling. I have never been kissed by anyone. (drunk girlfriends obviously do not count) And yes I am human (STILL) and not completely pathetic (YET). It is also 3 o'clock...

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Welcome to the 21st Century

As a kid of the 90’s I have had a childhood mixed with ‘the outdoors’ and ‘technology’. Few of us get to boast of having the best of both worlds. Kids today are so involved with their PS3’s and laptops that they rather sit at home and play...

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The Quintessential Indian Women

Excess of anything is poisonous......Be it love, devotion, dedication and other synonyms ..Devotion should never cost you your dignity....But its lamentable that in our country allegiance demands dignity....particularly of the woman devotee , Margaret Elizabeth noble quoted in her book "the web of Indian life". "Indian brides comes to...

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Safe Environment for Women

It is really disappointing to witness that over the years no matter how much hue & cry, the safety issues of women in our country are debatable. Unfortunately, development and prosperity of India and women's status apparently have no correlation. According to a survey conducted by "Thompson Reuters Foundation",...

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Movie Review : Adaminte Makan Abu

Malayalam cinema, more often than not, is perceived as the land of moustache twirling men with abdominal abundance. From the same cinematic domain, comes the heart wrenching story of an old Muslim man who toils away his life for his dream of reaching hajj. Released in 2011, Adaminte Makan...

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Anonymous – A True Story

A mysterious character – a shadow, not an ally, walking in the darkness like Shehanshah; yet not your enemy. Just a person; working in mysterious ways. No don’t christen him like God. He is very much tangible human specie. Just a peculiar man working in ordinary circumstances!

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Change is Hope

'Just talking is progress in India' and this is the circumstance prevailing over past few decades. India thrives on cynical thoughts and the leaders of this country are corrupted. Fake promises, vacuous ideas, betrayal, several impotent bills, which are passed every year, these form the basis of our existence....

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Being the Master of Your Own Style

Falling Victim to Fashion: She breezes into the room, plain white shirt, crisp black pants tailored to her curves, shiny black pumps, hair loosely hanging on her shoulders looking tall and confident. Whoever she is, she’s caught your eye. A simple but elegant outfit can add an aura of confidence; it’s...

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The Stock Market Trend

Up .. Down! Up ... Down...that's how my naive 12 year old brother describes, what can be called a true symbol of any country's economic health: - it’s Stock Market. For a layman, those changing numbers can just be that: NUMBERS, but for those who have spend their entire...

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Caught and Forgot

Public memory is short lived. A news story comes as a breeze, swirls a storm and then disappears leaving no sign of its occurrence whatsoever. Everything is just as it was before the story came along and no one gives thought to what had just happened. Take the...

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Lifestyle Disease or Diseased Lifestyle?

Darwin was absolutely right when he said that ‘It is the survival of the fittest!”. Today the scenario is a ‘bit’ different and alarming. A bad tooth, stomach ache, obesity, food poisoning, diabetes, thyroid, polycystic ovarian disease, irregular menstrual cycle, hypertension, skin problems, hair fall, migraine, the list is everlasting.

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Hairstyle!

In the contemporary world, fashion does matter and so does ones hair-style. In recent times hair have begin to play a crucial role in grooming. Hair is complementary to one’s look and changes with fashion. One’s hairstyle is a crucial part of one’s looks as it defines...

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Another World!

Around 500 million people in the world are disabled either physically or mentally. This accounts for 10% of the global population. But why in the minds of all of us are these 10% people, altogether different from us? The worst part is that we are ready to consider them...

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Shiraz-i-Hind: Lucknow

Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Situated on the banks of the river Gomti, historically known as the Awadh region. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India. It has always been a multicultural city. Lucknow has rich...

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685 crores for a park, Is it justified?

Our politicians have done it again. The honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh unveiled the controversial Rashtriya Dalit Smarak in Noida amid much fan-fare. The park built on sprawling 33 hectares of land with more than 2 dozen statues of the respectable B.R Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and last...

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On Quarter Life Crisis

There comes a time in your life when you’ve completed your formal education and you’re ready to step your foot inside the real world where both opportunities and failure beckons, a world where demons are many and angles are none…

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The Deceit

He is so perfect, you are lucky to have him”, she said. I know that he is a genuine guy. Very different from the others whom she had met. One who gelled well in all social groups – he was one with whom nobody had discrepancies, one against whom...

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The Lady with the Broom

I see her everyday; well almost everyday. She comes to my room almost everyday; sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon when we (me and my room mate) would be lost in our own fantasy world. During such times, that one loud rough knock on the door and...

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From Reality, to Fiction: I am not Gay

Chandan, a very innocent and hardworking boy of Bihar stepped into IIT Roorkee after beating the daunting tough competition of JEE. He came with great aspiration of achieving something distinct. Along with him came very sophisticated city boys of highly educated families who had enjoyed all the comforts of...

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An Interview with Shubhadeep Roy

An IIT Kharagpur (2005) and IIM Calcutta (2007) alumnus, he worked in marketing and advertising roles and then left it all to venture and live his dreams. This is Shubhadeep Roy for you. He is brilliant, determined, remarkably creative and above all courageous. His passion for theatre and cinema...

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On the Women’s Reservation Bill

In a country that reacts intensely to reservation of seats for women in public transport, what does a Bill for reservation of seats for women in the Parliament see? It fails, of course. Bills like these, put mildly, are instruments of power to a pseudo-elitist class that claims it...

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Book Review: The Ultimate Gift

It is said that sometimes a small gesture and a true notion of wisdom can change a person’s life. THE ULTIMATE GIFT by Jim Stovall is truly a perfect gift and an ultimate book. It is a story about wisdom and lessons of life explained by Howard Red Stevens after...

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An Open Letter to an Eve-Teaser!!!

WOW! You have done it again. Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your wonderful performance this year. It is amazing how you shatter your own records and surpass your own self, year after year. According to the new figures released by the Delhi Police, a woman is raped every 18...

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A Girl in the Man’s World

I am Noel, fighting for my rights, craving to carve a niche for myself in a place where I am threatened by my own people. May it be physical abuse or just abiding by the rules they make. I am just a prisoner – one to whom fundamental privileges...

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Talking of the Heavens

Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean islands that have attracted visitors for centuries. This is hardly surprising as the island is truly beautiful and has a great deal of historically interesting sites to see. The island has been inhabited since the prehistoric times and this too is unsurprising as...

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Pseudo Sciences

It is really sad how much Pseudo-science lies within our textbooks, science books and other scientific literature. It's funny how we’ve only had this technology for a few hundred years and now we think we can answer all the big questions about life, space and time.

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The Much-Awaited Biography

Steve Jobs' memoir and biography release date was originally set for November 21. His death created unexpected demand and as a result of that, the book's release date was moved up to October 24. Already, Walter Isaacson's tome about the life of the most prolific and innovative technology guru...

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From Reality, To Fiction

Everyone’s Someone’s Reality is Someonesomeone else’s fiction. Who would have thought that, not even a graduate, but a college dropout, the founder of the world’s most eyed product, Steve Jobs, a man who beautified technology, with an unimaginably astonishing life story. Put over adoption by his young mother after birth,...

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Infidelity

Infidelity, I don’t know where to start on such a complicated issue. You hear it happen every day at every step in life from the rich and famous to the girl at the checkout counter at your local grocery store. Media has a perverted hunger for any story on...

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False Impression: Jeffery Archer

Jeffrey Archer, one of the greatest popular novelists of our generation, delivers a truly page-turning thriller. He was born in London, brought up in Somerset, the son of a printer, and educated at Wellington School, and Brasenose College, Oxford. He has served five years in the House of Commons,...

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Book Review : Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Dario Fo is an Italian playwright best known for works like ‘Mistero Buffo’, ‘Archangels Don’t Play Pinball’, and ‘Accidental Death Of An Anarchist’; among many others. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 for his contributions to the world of theatre and literature. His works have been...

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The Grudge Report

Ever hear that saying, “Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”? It’s harsh, but spot-on. Harbouring resentment, no matter at whom it’s aimed, simply drains your own emotional reserves. “A lot of times a grudge is one-sided,” says Jordan Harbinger, a...

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Built To Last: AK- 47

A product with this magical combination would be the dream of any marketing manager. Seldom does such a magical combination come together for a product and when it does, it is packed with a label of High COST. However, there is a particular product, which has only the magical...

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Just Good Friends

“Hey, he’s not coming…apparently he’s got some work left”, she said. Though I was more than happy to hear those words, I kept my emotions under control. “So I guess, then it’s just you and me…lets hurry up, I think it’s gonna rain again”, I said.

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