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JLF 2016: Let The Magic Of Arts Cast Its Spell On You

Though the confirmed list of the speakers for 2016 is not out yet, the organizers have given a tentative list of speaker’s that may come to the event. Neel Mukherjee (The Lives of Others, 2014), Canadian writer Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, 1985), Man Booker winner Ian McEwan (Amsterdam,...

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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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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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Insomnia

We watch the world go to sleep. We walk through the night, on our ‘boulevard of broken dreams.’ Assess our wrongs. Re-assess their’s. We lose our sleep.   I am one of them. One of you, insomniacs.   Lets not call it insomnia. We are creative people. We love the...

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Whore by the Ganges

The wind by the Ganges Carried the smell of fresh catch As he panted beside her.   The little mouth quivering Tasting the aftermath of a storm, A mere lullaby, an everyday norm.   Her expert hands casually Placed on his skin Where it caught fire in the breeze....

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A stain

Of long hours of laughter, Of “sore labour’s bath,” Blackish, brownish and golden. Discussions, arguments, A celebrating companion. Partners in crime and a witness- This stain.   Balm of hangovers, A blemish that resides as royalty on my white shirt- mind and heart. A reminder of that spilled espresso....

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A World of Jests

  Infinitely it stretches, above me as I lie, Oh I lie, for the world is a silent illusion. I lie – at a distance. Observing their patterns. I lie to asunder myself from derision. They knit a web so complex, often lose a finger in it’s knit. They...

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The Solitary Cause

I pursue a solitary cause, sleep does not walk my road, it has eluded me like everything I once called my own. My soul stands firm in that day, scornfully staring at me as it finds itself stuck in a fray. But I feel nothing for I am numb,...

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Rhythm Divine

First introduced in 1996, the month of April is celebrated as the National Poetry Month throughout the United States. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, this is an initiative to increase awareness and the appreciation of poetry.

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Why Rap Music Isn’t Dead In India

Raftaar invites us to a clinic on how to rap well. Few emcees have access to such a wide skill set. He spits his verses in seamless fashion and yet manages to integrate a powerful storytelling element. His final verse is an outstanding demonstration of rap at its zenith.

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Love Story: A Review

Erich Wolf Segal, the creator of the 1970 New York Times bestseller Love Story was an American author, script writer and an educator. Love Story was his first most acclaimed book.

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Five Great Songs That Captured Deviant Gender Identities

It wasn’t in vain that John Lennon’s words, “Imagine all the people, living life in peace” became the mouthpiece of revolution in the 60s that encouraged inclusion and tolerance. The song has, since then, been extended in interpretation to include various minority groups for which it has translated into...

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Beloved: A Harrowing Classic

Beloved is at once an insight into nineteenth century American slavery and its aftereffects, as well as a haunting experience of filicide, a mother killing her own daughter in order to save her from the stranglehold of slavery. Thematically, the book is all shades of grey, diving into the...

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10 Weird Buildings Around The World

Three storey magical tree house in British Columbia, Canada.     Surrounded by fresh flowers and exotic greenery can be found this brightly painted Hobbit House in Matamata, New Zealand   House of stone is built between four huge boulders. This stone house is situated in Fafe Mountains of...

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Paper Towns: A Review

Not many people my age prefer reading John Green’s books terming them childish and clichéd. While I agree that the storyline of all his books is more or less the same—a geeky boy has a crush on an unattainable girl, whose best friends seem more interesting than our geeky...

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Eat, Pray, Love: Break Away This Summer

The given quote by Britney Spears which appears on the blurb of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s autobiographical offering Eat, Pray, Love might appear to be a tad off-putting. After all, which (semi) intellectual would ever confess to reading, or wanting to read a book so strongly advocated by the resident...

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A Classic Pick

It’s 2014. Everything’s digital. Ordering food, staying in touch, talking to friends even buying presents—the internet can do all. Reading books online is also of the many things that come with being a part of the digital generation. But here’s the thing: I love reading a book that I...

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Decir Adiós Marquez

Growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, he had an art of crafting intoxicating fiction. One of the most respected and prominent writers of his generation, Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, whose stories brought to readers Latin America’s passion, violence and superstition, passed away on Thursday night.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife: A Review

Being the sort of person who can’t go to bed without reading a book, I spend half my salary on books every month. While my mother continues to yell at me for the same, she hasn’t been able to put a stop to it. And so I now secretly...

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How I Met Your Mother Finale

And so it happened. After nine loooo…wait for it…oooong years, Ted finally told his children how he met their mother. But did the final episode of this series bring to viewers what they expected when they started watching it nine years ago?

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It’s Not A Competition

If one were to analyse the state of English stand-up comedy in India, it would appear to have undergone a huge change. From being an oblivious and unexplored field, today it has become a part of mainstream cultural commodity in metropolitan cities. Auditoriums and bars have become more receptive...

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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha: A Review

For the last couple of years the political scenario in India has been in a constant state of flux and one can with reason enough blame it either on the corrupt deeds of the incumbent government or on the sudden awakening of the bourgeois. And with the much-speculated general...

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A Truly Creative Life

In Khushwant Singh, India has lost of one of the best storytellers that the country has ever seen. Known for his caustic wit and liberal political views, Mr. Singh has given the Indian writings in English the much-needed direction. He, unlike other Indian authors, didn’t look to the west...

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In Bookstores Near You

Books To Watch Out For In 2014 Being a literature student and a book lover my favorite kind of shopping has always been book shopping. The feeling that you get when you enter a bookstore and breathe in the aroma of books, is something that only a fellow book...

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The Scatter Here Is Too Great: A Review

Frankly speaking when I picked up Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here Is Too Great, I was not prepared for what this book had to offer. I knew from its title that it was not one of those light and fun reads, but little did I know that every page...

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Till The Last Breath: A Review

Durjoy Dutta has written around nine books so far and is ranked among the bestselling authors of India. I, however, had never read any of his books until now, and I grabbed Till The Last Breath only to understand what is it that people love about Durjoy Dutta’s writing.

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Reading Anton Chekhov

What do you do when life gets busy and you do not get time to do the things that you like? Do you let your hectic schedule and work take over, miss out on things that you love and then live in constant regret? The kind which isn’t very...

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Dongri To Dubai: A Review

These are the words that resonated in my mind when I turned through the pages of Dongri to Dubai anticipating how the forthcoming events would unfold. This cracker of a story is written by S Hussain Zaidi. Zaidi through this book has proved that he is much more than...

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Unusual Short Stories by Donald Barthelme

Owing to busy life I had recently taken a liking to reading short stories. I began with reading Alice Munro’s collection of short stories, Dear Life—did I tell you they are like a box of assorted Swiss chocolates?—and still in complete awe of them, I read some of the...

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7 Days To Wonderland

There is nothing more noble than bringing a smile to someone’s face. All it requires is a perfect combination of wit, intellect, confidence and last but definitely not the least, a good sense of humour. Sounds easy right? But it’s not.

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The Jaipur Literature Festival

I have come to realise that the decisions that I have taken on an impulse and an intuition have, time and again, turned out to be the best decisions of my life. So this time around, when I felt an inkling to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), I...

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I Am Malala: A Review

“I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.” The moment I read this quote on the back cover of the book I knew I was going to read it. I am Malala is much more than a conventional...

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Sophie’s World: A Review

Being a commerce graduate I am not expected to know much about the philosophy of life and thus was never officially introduced to it. However, being my inquisitive self who found little solace in the dry subjects of accounts and corporate law, I sought to introduce myself to the...

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A Doll’s House: A Review

As the title suggests the Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House explores the women’s cause. Women have always been seen as a “doll”—an object of beauty and desire—whose ownership is transferred from one man to another. It is this attitude of the nineteenth century that Ibsen critiques in his play...

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Dear Life: A Review

Being a woman of my words and as promised earlier, I am here to tell you about Alice Munro’s collection of short stories, Dear Life.Train- one of the short stories in this collection- was my chance encounter with the wonderland that Alice creates in her stories. And having...

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Train: A Review

I had long forgotten the delight of reading a wonderful short story until recently when a friend suggested that I read Train by Alice Munro. And as I read it I felt the immense loss for not having read more short stories. The only ones that I managed to...

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Top 5 Fashion Trends of 2013

Fashion designers have called 2013 a great year for fashion, for reasons known only to them. In India, fashion is more defined by peeping into each other’s wardrobes; one person has a statement piece, and then everyone has to have it. So, all the things from runways to streets...

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Lovers Like You and I: A Review

That’s what Minakshi Thakur serves us in her debutant novel Lovers Like You And I. The book first piqued my interest when on its back cover I read Gulzar Sahib’s praise for it, “Love is the magic word. Minakshi Thakur has revealed the hearts and souls of lovers like...

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Get Into The Christmas Groove!

It’s that time of the year again! The joy of listening to Christmas songs and carols with a hot cup of cocoa is one that is hardly matched by other things in life. Snuggling up in a huge warm blanket with family and friends, and humming these timeless tunes...

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The White Tiger: A Review

This book came around the time when the much talked about Aarushi Talwar murder case became news. It tells the story of Balram Halwai, a man from a part of India to which he gives the name “Darkness”, because of lack of any hope of happiness and prosperity there....

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A Game of Thrones: A Review

A Game of Thrones has always been that one book lying on the shelf that I wanted to read, but somehow, never could. But then, the television series came out, and I knew that before ten thousand people around me ruin it for me, I had to pick it...

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Fallen: A Review

Fallen is the first book in the four novel series written by U.S. based author Lauren Kate. It is a young adult gothic fantasy series which has flavours of romance as well. And the four novels in the series are Fallen, Torment, Passion and Rapture.

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Of Course I Love You!: A Review

When I first read the title of this book, and then about the author being an engineer and a manager together with the fact that the book is a bestseller, I knew what was in store for me. The only reason why I could survive through this book was...

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Sita: A Review

Devdutt Pattanaik’s latest offering Sita an Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana attempts to tell Sita’s story from a fresh perspective, but is only partly successful. Pattanaik with this book attempts to contribute to the rapidly growing sub-genre of retelling of an epic through the woman’s eyes. But unlike Chitra...

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Celeb Funda

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu launches accessory label Bipasha Basu, renowned Bollywood actress launched her very own accessories label, The Trunk Label, in collaboration with The Label Corp, adding herself to the list of celebrities who have their own label. The trend has definitely come from Hollywood, where celebrities like...

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Hello winters!

It’s been a while since I last told you about the latest trends in the world of fashion in my Style Files. So now that December has finally arrived, it’s time for the latest updates on fashion trends.

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Koffee With Karan Season 4

There are only a few more days to go before this year comes to an end. Any ordinary actor who had no releases this year is most likely to be out of the spotlight but the actor we are talking about is by no means an ordinary one. He...

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Much Ado About Gutthi

There is no Indian television viewer who hasn’t rolled on the couch laughing at stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma and his on screen family’s jokes, on the much popular television show, Comedy Nights with Kapil. The show has been in the news for varied reasons since its premiere, the...

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English Bites: A Review

Manish Gupta first set out of his hometown when he got the admission in Punjab Engineering College (P.E.C), Chandigarh. After a short stint at Tata Motors, he pursued his Masters from Xavier’s LRI, Jamshedpur and landed a job at a bank. He is best known for his debut novel,...

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Music Unplugged!

I love MTV Unplugged and am super excited for this week’s episode as it is going to feature Farhan Akhtar and his band “Farhan Live”. This is the first time Farhan Live would be playing on an acoustic set, thus making for an interesting episode. And to get...

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Six-Day Package Of Literature

The season of fairs has arrived. While the Trade Fair in Delhi opens for the public on Tuesday, it was the last day of the Chandigarh Book Fair on Monday. The fair, which began on November 13, mainly focused on children as it was scheduled around Children’s Day, November...

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Revenge Wears Prada: A Review

Andrea Sachs, the peppy protagonist in her 20s, is back with a bang in this much anticipated sequel to the hugely popular, The Devil Wears Prada. It has been ten years since she said the f-word to her boss, the “Devil” Miranda Priestly, and ran away from Paris leaving her...

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Punk All The Way

There is a general notion of punks being linked to rebellion, and with a little of punk subculture ushering back in—with partially shaven heads, increased use of metal spikes on shoes and other accessories, even the DIY ( Do It Yourself) trend that is spread all around—there’s a lot...

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Chocolat: A Review

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve watched Chocolat the movie, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, which if you haven’t guessed by now is based on Joanne Harris’s book of the same name. And so I decided it was finally time to read the book.

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The Satanic Verses: A Review

The Satanic Verses, published about 25 years back, created a furore in the Islamic and the literary world when it came out. It was thought to be so controversial and blasphemous that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the writer of the novel for “insulting” Islam,...

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Gradus Ad Paranassum

Too heavy? It isn’t! This Latin phrase means “Steps to Paranassum” (one of the loftiest mountains of central Greece) and is often used to seek the gradual progress in literature, language or music. Today, literature does resemble Paranassum.

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The New Mahabharat

Years ago, at 9 a.m. every Sunday morning, life in India would come to a standstill. Everyone would settle in front of their television sets in the morning to watch BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. The reverberating shlokas were learnt by heart and the “Main Samay Hoon” (I am Time)...

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The Last Mughal: A Review

Delhi has always been close to my heart because I’ve been living here for more than two decades now and have seen the place change with each passing year. I have grown up listening to my grandfather’s intriguing tales about Delhi. And it was this love for Delhi and...

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Illusions: The Adventure Of A Reluctant Messiah

I picked up Illusions: The Adventure of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach when I was going through some troubled times of my life. When everything seemed to fall apart around me, Illusions came as a ray of hope that made sure that everything was right sooner than later....

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Creativity In Film Promotion

The Indian television industry has seen a lot of ebb and flow. With the coming of the saas-bahu (mother-in-law and daughter-in-law) sagas in the early parts of 2000s by Ekta Kapoor to the recently acclaimed 24 India, it indeed has been a marvellous journey. But, amidst both the extreme...

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Rahul Dravid: Timeless Steel

Sport is very different from other aspects of our mundane daily life in the sense that it teaches you how to fight back when faced with an adversity. It can also make you famous in no time. Cricket was no different for him but he didn’t achieve greatness easily.

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Carrie: A Review

Stephen King’s horror novel Carrie is the story of a high school girl, Carrie White, who doesn’t fit in with the rest, and is often abused by her overbearing, almost cruel and ultra-religious mother and her peers. King rightly describes her as “a frog among swans”.

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24: A Fresh Start for Indian Television

Television shows have been showing the same content or rather revolving around the same content for almost a decade. The saas-bahu (mother-in-law & daughter-in-law) sagas have enveloped the audience in a frame of mind that is bent towards a similar direction. So, breaking the barrier won’t be an easy...

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The Other Side Of Me: A Review

Sidney Sheldon’s The Other Side of Me is an autobiography giving a detailed account of his upsurge into show business. Through this book, the readers learn about the challenges and the difficulties he faced before making it big in Hollywood.

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And The Mountains Echoed: A Review

The novel revolves around two siblings, Abdullah and Pari, who are separated at a young age. Pari means the world to Abdullah, even their father doesn’t care for her the way he does. This is evident from the way he brings her gifts and puts her to sleep. Thus,...

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Our Weekend Specialist: Kapil Sharma

Weekends have felt different for quite some time now, haven’t they? If your answer is no, then, you have surely missed out on something special that has been transpiring in India. But if your answer is yes, then, you are among so many others who sit spellbound in front...

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Switched: A Review

What if your life was nothing but a big lie? Wendy Everly always knew she was different, she knew she didn’t belong here and all her doubts were confirmed the day her mother tried to kill her.

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The Palace Of Illusions: A Review

A few years back, our English teacher asked us to read The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Devakaruni during the school summer break. As you might imagine most of us were ticked off, and when we found out that the book was about the Mahabharata we were hopping...

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