The RAT race for CAT

Come November 18, and the CAT will be out of the bag to decide the fate of the lakhs of students appearing for the Common Admission Test for MBA entrances to the mighty IIMs this year . . .

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TAINTED TINTIN

Though Herge’s famous comics about the adventures of Tintin have been a favourite of mine and millions of others worldwide, racist undertones in most of these comics can be detected when read closely. Here I . . .

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LITTLE VOLUNTEERS – BIG DIFFERENCE

With October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanti having been declared as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations; it becomes imperative to give some deep and committed thought to the practical, everyday-life adoption of Gandhian principles. In this regard, well-established NGOs Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Gandhi Smriti and...

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The Call of Prayer

A call sounds in the distance. Like a ripple in still water, the sound has become feeble by the time it reaches me. I feel a tingle of anticipation. I know what is coming next. A powerful voice resounds across the horizon . . .

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All the Foodies in the World…

Food, the self-sacrificial delight, which was created by the Almighty for the sole purpose to feed the hunger-bred, starvation-stricken human race, has evolved along with the devourers’ evolution. It has witnessed the mankind grow and flourish and played a vital role for the same. It has saved lives, given...

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The Truth About Hillary : A Critique

As an individual of the same gender as Hillary Clinton and more so as a student of political Science, I would like to analyze the book, The Truth About Hillary authored by Mr. Edward Klein in four major aspects: blame game ‘theory’, insecurity in the mind of the author,...

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Ratatouille [rat-uh-too-ee, -twee]

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” (George Bernard Shaw) For those who love to savour their food, for those who lose themselves in the aroma of good gastronomy, for those who believe that food is not meant to be eaten as a part of a daily routine,...

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Epic Movie

What happens when you put together Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the Harry Potter film series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men: The Last Stand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nacho Libre, Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights, Casino Royale, The...

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A Lost ‘Cult’

There is a standing comedian’s joke which goes like, when our descendants carry out excavations, they would find CDs and mistake them for the plates we ate in. A joke it may be, but it was worth a ‘ponder’. This is one of the less tangible effects of commercialization...

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Confessions of a Timetable…

Exploring the trends and future prospects of Modern-day EducationYou can spot me in every classroom. I may be dressed in designer wear (if the Timetable Incharge shows his artistic and creative skills) or in plain & simple attire . . .

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Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is undoubtedly a masterpiece.The main character of the story is Hester Pryne ; a young woman who has borne an illegitimate child.Hester believes herself a widow but her husband,Roger Chillingworth returns to New England very much alive and conceals . . .

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A Cinderella Story

Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived a young girl called Cinderella. Her father had died when she was quite young. She lived with her step mother and two step-sisters, who weren‚t particularly fond of her. Her step-mother wasn‚t motherly and she had more of a...

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Jesus Lived In India

Just like anybody else in the world The Da vinci Code was a book that left me speechless. It was possibly one of the most interesting and astonishing books that i had ever read. However last week i found something that was better. Strangely the subject matter for the...

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A Family – Us and Them

Family has always been regarded as the most precious possession by all human beings. Family has always been the backbone of a person. It has received worthy attention in all forms of literature and religion. Hinduism defines family as an ‘illusion’ (samsara maya), explaining that it is a coming...

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Ocean’s Thirteen

Put in very simple words Ocean’s Thirteen redefines cool and classy once more .It’s flashy, it’s star filled, it’s humorous and it’s entertaining. The dialogues are snappy, the tone dry, the suits sleek. The slick cinematography and the tasteful background score that makes Las Vegas a swanky, dreamlike planet...

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED!!!!

Remember Kavya Vishwanathan? The 18 year old undergraduate of Harvard University who with her plagiarized novel ”How Opal Mehta Got Kissed,Got Wild and Got a Life” had her moment of fame.Only a moment of fame but years of defamation and disrepute! When her offence came into light, not only...

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ANONYMOUS WRITERS

There is a certain romance, an air of mystery that surrounds the ‘anonymous author’, almost akin to that felt when one stands before the flame dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. What is it about the ‘A’ word that arouses the tinge of dissatisfaction that it does. The lack of...

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Anyone who read and came to identify with ”The Kite Runner”, Hosseini’s first, should be more than satisfied with this follow-up. Hosseini excels at telling a certain kind of story, in which events like violence, misery and abuse that may seem unbearable are made readable. Fuelled by the same...

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