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Is The Art Of Theatre On Decline? 

Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, essentially actors, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience, in a specific place, often comprising of a stage. The performers communicate the experience to the audience by the combination of...

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Sufism: Of The Chishti Order, God And Music

Their songs have enamoured us for countless generations, their teachings have been received with wonder. Saints have been immortalised, with kings and emperors bowing in respect and entire cities built in their honour. Their practices have both been persecuted and immortalised, and their renown has continued to grow. Sufism,...

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#BookReview: If I Stay

The plot of the book If I Stay is very similar to the above mentioned story-line. The book is a novel by Gayle Forman published in 2009. The story follows 17-year-old Mia Hall as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family. Mia is...

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Bajirao Mastani: Trailer Review

Elaborate costumes, larger than life sets, three spectacular actors, a real life story, and a whirlwind of characters and songs. No wonder,Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is being touted as the next big thing in Bollywood this year!

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5 Upcoming Indian Authors To Watch Out For

There are two kinds of people, those who study and the other who read. The former is literate, the other is wise. Books are the carriers of civilization, a device to ignite imagination; without books, history would make no sense, literature would be silent, science would be crippled and...

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Sword Mightier Than the Pen? Or Not.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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