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Apple + Cation of Sense = Sensation

A Pome, which have seed chambers with soft outer part or A Pod, which have song chambers with solid outer part. The answer is known to you. A single man changed the imagination of millions. “A for Apple (fruit)” a notion which was being impregnated in peoples mind from...

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Protect Your Skin From Sun and Pollution

Use a mild cleanser on your face at least twice daily. “If your skin is excessively oily, try a cleanser with salicylic acid, and use a toner to temporarily battle large open pores,” recommends Dr. Narmada Matang, Head Medical Operations for Kaya Skin Clinic India. “Also, what you may...

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To My Valentine

Have I ever told you about my journey of love? Have I ever given you the taste of my limitless love? If not then let me take you, to the place where my heart dwells Once upon a time somewhere from the land of spices, There came a girl, crashing into my life Clad...

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Telangana – Past, Present and Future

Democracy means 'people's power’. People’s power indicates people are the rulers and people are not sufferers. How can people be peaceful if the rail-rokhos, the rastha-rokho's continue? Democracy always encourages debate and discussion but it does not encourage the sufferings of people. In a nation, where 37% people are...

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Michael Clayton: Reality of our Times

What can happen when greed consumes the collective conscience of all, leaving little space for truth to breath and no space for morality to be preached? “Michael Clayton” showcases just that. The story starts with The narration of a renowned legal lawyer Arthur after an emotional breakdown when...

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Mausam- The Wait Ends

After a long wait and numerous delays in the release date, we finally have Mausam in the theatres near us. Directed by debutant director and veteran actor Pankaj Kapur with the cast comprising of the likes of son Shahid Kapoor, wife Supriya Pathak Kapur, Sonam Kapoor and Anupam Kher among...

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Rock n Roll: The long gone friend

The screaming guitars, the high pitched squeals, the child-like-vocals, the rhythmic drum pattern, tight leather jeans and the rebellious attitude, all defined rock n roll. 'Rock n roll' wasn’t just about drugs or other kinds of narcotics, those weren’t required at all. One just had to go onstage and...

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Review- X Men:First Class

In the film, MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) seeks out young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), whom at this point in his life is a quickly rising expert in the field of mutant expertise, and sporting a full head of hair, as opposed to the bald, wheelchair-bound version of the character played...

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The World is Your Stage

o you love taking part in school plays? Enjoy telling stories? Have you thought about pursuing this as a career?Whether it is a natural talent for storytelling, an innate expressive quality or a flair for acting, maybe the stage is the place for you. It’s time for you to...

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Crossroads

It is safe to say, that illiteracy causes terrorism only as much as literacy does, if not less. The reasons for believing so lie in the difference between literacy and education. Think a little, my fellow ‘literates’. Let’s face the truth; an illiterate person isn’t more likely to strike...

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Business Casual on a Budget

So the dress code at your new job is “business casual” and you’re thinking, “What the …?” Don’t fret, at least not about your wardrobe. Business casual is less straightforward than a suit and tie, but it’s not rocket science. And if you’re smart about it, you can look...

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Take Your Scent From Day to Night

In the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman, Paul Rudd’s character proudly proclaims that his cologne -- Sex Panther -- is “illegal in nine countries.” He goes on to brag about its lady-killing qualities: “They’ve done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works … every time.”

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The Joy of (e)books?

The archaic argument: Books bring us endless joy — today they even evoke in us a sense of nostalgia. Have you ever found yourself ranting on about that familiar smell that we all look forward to on walking into a bookstore or the texture of pages?

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Adarsh Housing Scam: One Among Many

A lot has been said and discussed about the Adarsh housing society scam which came to the fore front in around November 2010 as a new low in corruption. Now that the investigation is on the verge of completion, let’s look upon the entire hullabaloo regarding Adarsh housing society...

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Unspoken Love

We left the library, the Sultan indicating with a gesture that I follow him. The doors and corridors we passed were furnished in mahogany wood and finished with gold touches. Everything, just about everything in the room seemed to remind me of her: the Sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Selma.

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What’s next for Libya?

A revolution. A new beginning.The rebirth of a nation.The triumph of democracy. These are all phrases that are being used to describe the movement in Libya that started in February and culminated in Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship being overthrown. However, the main question now is what comes next for...

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The Small Things

Life is made up of moments. Many small moments. Those who say that we need to focus on the bigger picture forget that it is made up of many individual strokes. A symphony is composed of many different notes, many different instruments. It is how life becomes worth living....

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Review: Friends With Benefits

All fluff, no substance – this was what I thought after watching, nay sitting through Friends With Benefits. Directed by Will Gluck and released in 2011, this romantic comedy is pretty much the same as the others. It takes the perennial, can a boy and girl just be friends, question...

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The Wonderwall

On April 3, 1996 when Rahul Dravid made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Singapore, he was a young, shy, boyish looking bBngalore lad who got out only after scoring 3 runs and failed to deliver. Almost 15 years later, as he dons the blue coloured clothing...

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My Felo de-se (A suicide?)

This poem is about a woman who lit herself on fire alive, after being beaten up by her husband every single day for months. She gave up, leaving a small girl child of a few odd years behind her. What fate will she have? But what could the mother...

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Ayn Rand’s Materialism

Ayn Rand’s materialism has been an object of controversy ever since the publication of her books. Her stress on the happiness achieved through material pursuit is by looks an outright negation of the traditional cultural and religious values. but in essence they are the same. If they are the same, then how is...

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Sport Climbing for Fitness!

At first glance, rock climbing seems complicated, difficult and dangerous. But climbers also look seriously fit, ripped, flexible... and insanely cool. Luckily for the average guy, there's also a very safe, accessible and regulated version of rock climbing – it's called sport climbing, and it's easily do-able in practically...

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Womanhood – A Scare

As if the already existing norms and atrocities on women weren’t enough, there’s one more ghastly practice prevalent in some regions- Breast ironing or “Repassage des seins”. This practice is mostly prevalent in Cameroon, where mothers try to hinder the growth of their pubescent daughters’ breasts by ironing or...

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Human – In the Clad of Woman

Women and men are treated not as biological groups, who naturally embody feminine and/or masculine traits, but rather as groups created culturally and bound socially. It is this cultural construction that limits for women the socially permissible range of expression and also conditions the nature of her response to...

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The Raconteur

I think I'll start off by telling you a story. Once upon a time, there was a person who lived in a glass house in the middle of the sea. One day, this person decided to burn all the bridges leading up to the glass house and it was...

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The Stalker

It was Saturday and I left my office a bit late at 8 pm. I have full day office on Saturdays as well and that day was very busy and hectic. On top of that, Mom kept on calling me and reminding me to leave the office soon before...

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Experiencing Reality

A few days ago, when it was the beginning of the 10th day of Anna Hazare’s fast, people were literally glued to their TV sets to watch the drama unfolding, that is if they were not at the Ramlila ground to witness the action ‘live’. This scene happens to...

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The Janitor

She stretched out her legs and leaned against the spotless white tiled wall. Below her, was the carefully laid duster she had used a moment ago to wipe the floor of the small but plush restroom in the unusually big building – a place that owed us the time...

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People Power – Jai Ho!

A wise man once said, there are two ways to live; either live with the wrong that is happening or stand up to it and have the courage to fight it. Over the years, Indians had lost the passion to stand up and voice their grievances and plight. Indians...

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Earthquake 7/11

It happened on the night of September 7th 2011 when the world was awake (who sleeps at 23:34 these days neway?). After a heavy dinner of Dal and Roti; the only things you can afford with ongoing inflation, I tuned in my IPod to listen to Adele’s Rolling in...

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Politics As A Career

These are the most common reactions given by the people of India as Politics is considered as an unfavorable career choice. Sometimes the youth don’t bother or the family forbids them from entering into politics or they simply don’t care. These are the attitudes of people towards politics as...

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Why don’t you write?

A goddamn book needs a goddamn story. A goddamn story needs a goddamn writer. A goddamn writer needs some goddamn inspiration! Inspiration. I don’t know what that is. Is it a vacuum in one’s head that keeps them from thinking multiple other thoughts that might stop them from doing...

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Target Practice…

It’s like each day starts with the same thought. I am not talking about the one that comes just as you open your eyes and sit up. It’s the one that comes just after. Life passing you by, each day, as it turns on its head, from day to...

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Are all Indians Treated as ‘Equal’ citizens?

Ever since Anna’s agitation transformed into India’s agitation a lot has been said, written about, captured on camera and debated. Even though the ‘India against corruption’ movement has gathered support literally in the form of the ‘2nd freedom struggle’ with even the spectator media being blamed for taking sides;...

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Slutzilla!

When constable Michael Sanguinetti made the infamous statement on the contemporary emanation of female sexuality, he obviously had no idea as to what doors he had opened. A general demographic these days is people hear what they want to hear and filter out the things that they don’t understand...

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Reply To Arundhati Roy’s Article

It seems few international medals and some worldwide attention has eaten up arundhatiArundhati roy's Roy's brain. With a single stroke of her pen she has diverted the whole issue. Perhaps she was forced to write that incredulous article after being out of limelight for so long. Now getting back...

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Pen Vs Sword

With all the fingers being pointed and questions asked about the intended sanctity of the journalistic profession and its place with respect to the present social an economic structure, it has become commonplace to think about the subject in depth.

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Identity Versus Religion

Of 1.2 billion Indians deemed to be benefitted by Anna Hazare’s movement, the most benefitted at the moment seem to be the Indian Cricket Team. Imagine, just imagine for once that Anna’s movement had not caught the fancy of our nation at this moment when our Cricket Team, studded...

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From the Varanasi of Mumbai

Few places in Mumbai are as spiritual and as peaceful as the holy place of Banganga- a place that has the power to show you glimpse of the bathing ghats of the charismatic and the colorful -Varanasi without even, moving out from the belly of the bustling city.

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Lost Spirit in Parliamentarians

Jhaveri bazaar Bazaar opened soon after the blast,. The courts work but the Parliament shuts down...so while the spirit of Mumbai, Delhi carries on...has the Parliament lost its spirit? No doubt, the parliament has lost its spirit way beforelong ago. Ask any youth of today and no one will be able...

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‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’, a Review

Always Kabhi Kabhi is about a group of four school friends. Sameer/Sam (Ali Fazal), Aishwarya/Aishu (Giselli Monteiro), Tariq Naqvi/Einstein (Satyajeet Dubey) and Nandini/Nandy Bull (Zoa Morani) are buddies studying in St. Marks. Each of them has one or the other problem with one or both of his/her parents.

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The Reservation of Thoughts

The movie “Aarakshan” is the new hot potato. It is surrounded by all sorts of controversies, right from the speculation of being anti-reservation to containing dialogues that might stir proletariat sentiments. The apprehensions regarding the release of the movie are appreciable in the sense that this is the liberty...

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Confessions of a Saleaholic

It was a rather lethargic day as I was scrolling up and down going through the newsfeed on my Facebook page. A few seconds later a status update from my friend reading LAST DAY OF MONSOON SALE TOMORROW appeared on my screen. She typed the entire thing in capitals...

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Agitated Mind

Human psyche is like the deep blue sea. Understanding its depth and finding way through it is as difficult as driving a voyage through the treacherous oceanic waters. As man enters adolescence a series of changes occur in his life both physical and psychological. This phase of life is...

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Numbing the Numb-ed

I am sure this numbness is somewhere unwarranted. Rebelling had always been cool, but such conformity is painstaking. The conformity in viewing everything as being impossibly capable of holding onto. Flashes of brilliance, proving to be highly deceptive, transfiguring to a symbolic nihility.

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Life like that

Tasteless taste of life, can’t live with or without It’s all true or a mirage I have my doubt The rain droplets on my window sill I think of purpose of life until breath stands still

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!NCREDIBLE !NDIA

India is a land where a new rib-tickling, eyebrow-raising and spine-chilling story can be formed every day. Indian society, with its multifaceted dynamic culture, is a wonder in itself. The history pages go back to the days of Sati but even in this 21st century there are remote villages...

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A Walk with Reality

There were birds of different colours and feathers. The roads used to be clean and vacant with a few other joggers running past me. By the holy Ganga, the walk used to be the most peaceful one with the beat of the water-flow adding rhythm to my walk. The...

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Corruption in India

The big scam! News channels are ready with this graphic everyday because there might be a new scam any day. The channels are not disappointed. Everyday a new scam is flashed as breaking news from the 2G scam to the Common Wealth Games scam. India stands ashamed of itself....

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Humanity in a Dire Sight

Slavery as a societal form is known to have disappeared from the face of earth centuries ago but its traces have managed to survive history and can been seen prevailing even today in various forms in our society. The most vicious form of slavery in this 21st century world...

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How Does It Feel To Be Unwanted?

I got an inspiration to write this poem from a random forwarded message that talked about humanity.... How some people suffer because of someone else's ignorance.... And knowingly or unknowingly how much we hurt someone's feelings and emotions and make fun of their situation without thinking upon the reason...

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This Is What Life Is

I rushed towards the platform to catch the train. I was covered all in sweat. It was the last train for the evening. The next train was scheduled to depart next morning. I wanted to go home early and spend some time with my family as I hadn't visited...

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Go to the Greek Islands!

They’re not given much attention, which maybe owes to the fact that we only hear of the Athens, and the more famous Mykonos and Santorini, but as someone who visited the the Northern Island of Skiathos this June, it’s worth mentioning that an experience in the Greek Islands...

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The Other Side Of Feminism

Feminism... A cause to stand up for... A word that might be on every young girl's lips like me, who wishes to see a change in the way a woman, is brought up in this male dominated society.... I've heard people saying that girls are better than boys in...

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Interview with Varun Singhal

Varun Singhal, is a nineteen year old teenager, who dreams big. He is a young entrepreneur who is studying Bachelor of Commerce at Delhi University. He owns an E-commerce website GamesGarage in partnership with his cousin. He is responsible for the marketing and public relations of the firm....

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Much Ado About Nothing

The movie "Aarakshan" is the new hot potato. It is surrounded by all sorts of controversies, right from the speculation of being anti-reservation to containing dialogues that might stir proletariat sentiments. The apprehensions regarding the release of the movie are appreciable in the sense that this is the liberty...

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Vicarious Sacrifice of the No.1 Test Side !

"MSD moved from an unsporting villain to goodwill icon", another one shoots , "Dhoni shows great sportsmanship" and many more cricket-pundits raved about how the Indian team cricket team showed great sportsmanship at Tent Bridge. Even though the acrimonious dispute looked poised to gobble down the entire test. ,...

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Growing Corruption in India

Gone are the days when people believed in promises. This is the era where only one thing is common amongst all of us. We all have spoken a lie at least once in our lifetime. Our beloved leaders never dreamt of a corrupt India. They never wished to see...

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Each to its own Advantage!

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) lashed at the Government for its midnight attack on protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, while confessing that it "extended" support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's campaigning. This came after an evening of theatrics that began with an coordinated agreement with...

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Anna Hazare-Face of Anti-Corruption

Anna Hazare’s recent tyranny against the government in regards with the Jan Lokpal bill has become the thing of talk all over the nation. Anna Hazare undertook a fast unto death against theanticorruption or Lokpal Bill which ended after five days on Saturday morning, April 9, 2011. The bill...

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In the facade of Democracy

Article 19(1)(a) of The Indian Constitution says that all citizens have the right to freedom of speech and expression, what it does not say is that if you practise that right, you will pay - BIG TIME! The Binayak Sen case is not only symbolic of the above but...

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Breezer by the Beas!

Friday evening…rucksack… packed snacks and a Bisleri bottle. Yes! It is a weekend getaway. An hour of snuggling through the crowd at ISBT Kashmere Gate, we got two tickets for Manali, the queen of Himachal. By the time I was on the bus seat I felt I had burnt...

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