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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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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Doors Open For American Writers!

Like every other thing in this world, the field of fiction is also surrounded by controversy—be it the nationality of the writer or the content of his book. But the latest is the controversy around one of the literary awards.

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The Lowland: A Review

"Udayan had given his life to a movement that had been misguided, that had caused only damage that had already been dismantled. The only thing he had altered was what their family had been."

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Out Of The Box: A Review

Cricket usually tends to bring out the romantic in any writer. It is the only sport in the world that has aspects that’ll change the complexion in which the game is perceived. You can talk about the technique, how the crowd reacts to a changing scenario in the game,...

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Rockin’ It in Rio!

It’s that time of the year again!I am sure that all you music enthusiasts must be aware of the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janerio. During this seven day festival, from September 13 to September 22, the headline acts will be performed by Beyonce,...

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The Fault In Our Stars: A Review

The novel revolves around a 16-year-old Hazel Grace, who is suffering from a terminal disease and has her days marked. By some unknown turn of fate, she becomes an experiment to test the effects of a drug, which in turn helps her live longer. Her life continues in a...

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Final Cut: A Review

The first story, “Hodson’s Gold”, is like a treasure hunt. Hundreds of years’ old gold looted during the colonial area is placed hidden by William Hodson. Many, many years later it becomes a quest for the hard working millionaire Azhar and he leaves no stone unturned in his...

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Love Story: A Review

If I remember right, I was in my second year of college when I read this book. Then why am I reviewing this book so late, you ask? Because I just got my hands on the second part of this book; yes it’s a two part series. Erich Segal’s...

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Talking Cinema: A Review

Bhawana Somaaya is a noted Indian film journalist who has been sharing her expertise with the readers, through publications like The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Pioneer and Sunday Observer. She has also written a lot of books like Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend, Salaam Bollywood and many more. The latest edition...

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Those Pricey Thakur Girls: A Review

Before I start talking about the plot or the characters or the writer, I would like to make it clear that I bought this book only because I liked the title. And no I don’t regret reading or buying this book. Not many of you prefer reading an Indian...

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Review

The lives of the people in Afghanistan changes drastically with the rise of Taliban, they not only lose their freedom but have to follow really harsh laws. After the Civil War, Taliban instituted a system of gender apartheid where the women were put in a state of constant house...

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The Cuckoo’s Calling: A Review

The Cuckoo’s Calling is written by JK Rowling, under the pseudonym, “Robert Galbraith”. This is the second adult novel that Rowling has written after The Casual Vacancy. And for this particular novel, she has ventured into the realm of “whodunit” fiction with the help of the protagonist, Cormoran Strike.

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Angels and Demons: A Review

The story revolves around Harvard symbolist, Robert Langdon as he tries to stop the Illuminati, a legendary secret society, from destroying Vatican City. He is assisted in his quest by physicist Vittoria Vetra. Vittoria is the daughter of the murdered scientist who invented antimatter, a substance in the hands...

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Best Kept Secret: A Review

Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer is the third book in the Clifton series and solves the mystery about Barrington's official heir. The book also introduces the next generation as Harry and Emma’s son Sebastian takes the stage. The book takes us on a journey through Harry's writing...

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Talking Cinema: A Review

This line encompasses the essence of Bhawana Somaaya’s book, Talking Cinema. Somaaya takes the centre-stage only in the characteristically succinct foreword. In the pages that follow, she only leans in to ask the right questions and record the anecdotes. It takes a seasoned veteran to draw the stars from...

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Why We Dance?

Being a young adult of twenty years, with a number of friends and cousins getting married puts one in a very difficult situation; a situation called dance.Marriages have sangeet (a celebration held before a Hindu wedding ceremony for the bride-to-be and her female friends and relatives) and parties have...

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Jam Night At Revv Cafe

Delhi is filled with its watering holes which quenches the thirst of many who travel across to their destinations, tied up in the rat race of life. Some places are super cheap and some charge for making you feel like a king. Then there are some which welcome you...

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Honour Among Thieves: A Review

Jeffrey Archer’s novels are a perfect means to evade the surroundings and find yourself in a completely different world. This prolific writer has written many series, individual novels and short stories, but my all time favorite is Kane and Abel. Archer’s novels are usually about the good, the bad...

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Confucius On Leadership: A Review

John Adair’s Confucius on Leadership reveals the nuances of leadership in detail in the form of a rulebook. But what is nice is that those rules come from inputs of world renowned leaders and various cultures of the world. It tells us about the kind of leaders that...

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The God of Small Things: A Review

This novel by Arudhathi Roy is based on the conflicted issues of social discrimination and communism, and also on the principles of Christianity. It is the story about a pair of twins, Rahel and Esthappen or Estha, who were separated at the age of seven and were reunited in...

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Born to Run: A Review

If you have never made an effort to run in your life or if you don’t like it, and are quite sure that you will not be attempting anything close to a marathon or even a simple morning jog, then this book is perfect for you.

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Suits: A Review

In the year 2011, Suits, a television drama series created by Aaron Korsch made a storming debut on USA Network. This action packed show starring Patrick. J. Adams (Michael Ross) and Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) is set in a fictional law firm, Pearson Hardman, in New York City. Pearson...

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Dead Man’s Time: A Review

The beloved, indefinable Roy Grace is back in Dead Man's Time, the ninth installment in Peter James' best-selling series of crime thrillers chronicling Grace's risky career. Having never read the series before and not being one to skip ahead, I was a little unsure at first of whether I'd...

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Fete De La Musique

On June 21, every year, the entire world comes together to celebrate and rejoice music, in all its manifestations and forms. It is a day dedicated solely to the creation, promotion and love of music.

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I Kissed A Frog: A Review

“Girls aren't really made of sugar and spice and everything nice.”This is what Rupa Gulab’s I Kissed A Frog is all about. While “The Powerpuff Girls” may have taught us otherwise, I Kissed A Frog depicts the truth about relationships, friendships and people today.

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Louis CK: Oh My God

Louis CK’s been a stand-up comedian for over twenty years, and won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody award for his show, Louie. A few months ago, HBO released the trailer for his new stand up special “Oh My God”. Since I’m a huge fan that’s seen most of...

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Sigur Rós: Ágætis Byrjun

Sigur Rós is an Icelandic Post-Rock band that has produced some of the most unusual music I have ever come across.Coming from Iceland, the band was formed in the year, 1994. The band uses some pretty standard instruments like the guitar, drums, bass and keyboards, yet somehow ends up...

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The National: High Violet

The National’s rise to international acclaim has been slow and traditional; they’ve produced some good albums, done many tours and have grown with each album. The reason I chose to write about this album in particular is because this one is possibly their best album yet and also because...

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Understanding Acapella Music

Simply put, Acapella (also pronounced A capella or Acappella) means singing “without use of any musical instruments”. Using only individual or group voices, it is usually associated with choir music. The artists use their voices to imitate instruments and their sound effects. It’s fascinating to see how this kind...

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An Awesome Wave: Review

I remember listening to a song of this album on my friend’s Ipod some months back. I had no idea who the artist was back then; I heard the same song once again last month. That sweet feeling of familiarity came rushing back to my head, and I realised...

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Euphoria: What Did You Miss?

For those of you who didn't make it, last Saturday was one hell of a show at Blue Frog. The current student community may or may not have heard of them, but Euphoria was performing at the venue, and it was quite a performance.

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Dogs Eating Dogs: A Review

First of all, technically, an EP (extended play) is like a mini album- with a bunch of tracks but not enough to be considered a full-length album. Generally, EPs are viewed as makeshift releases to keep a band’s momentum going between tours or album cycles. This one on the...

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Nights In Shining Karma: A Review

The name sounds complicated, but it’s rather simple. Warren Mendonsa named his solo music project after his black Fender Stratocaster guitar and also after his love for the blues. He was also a member of the band Zero till the year 2005, though they still reunite for concerts these...

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Game of Thrones Returns

Season three of Game of Thrones returns this Sunday after a much extended break. With the last episode of season two coming out in June last year, it’s been a long wait for all Game of Thrones fans.

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Theatre: Run Through

SRCC Play goes Commercial Cast: Anmol Verma, Arunav Vaish, Dhananjay Singh, Mehul Mitali, Mohak Papola, Nilesh Basu Roy, Pallavi Chadha & Vishnu Sinha Crew: Abhinandini Arora, Abhishek Krishnan, Ansh Jain, Jyotsna Mahajan, Kruttika Subramaniam, Mehul Mitali & Yash Agarwal. Sounds: Akshay Aedula Lights: Tushar Benyani Photography Credits: Akshay Gill...

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Stand-Up Comedy: The Royal Turds

Stand-up comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya and Gursimran Khamba have been in the comic scene for quite a few years now. Having seen all of them except Khamba do individual stand up acts, I was excited to watch the four of them collaborate together with their Christian...

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Celebrating The Beatles’ Debut Album

It was 50 years ago yesterday; March 22, 1963, that The Beatles released their first album, titled Please Please Me. That means that it was 50 years ago that fans first dropped the needle on Side One and heard Paul McCartney yell “One, two, three, fa!” for the first...

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A Show Unparalleled

The NGMA (National Gallery for Modern Art) has always been a place for the display of talent unbound. From installations to miniature paintings and sculptures to portraits, it boasts of one of the finest collections of the works of famous and genius artists all round the world. Keeping up...

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Tripping With Astrix At blueFROG

Great things and life’s best moments may pass with a blink of an eye. This is what I witnessed at blueFROG on an unbelievable Saturday evening. blueFROG has always lived up to its name of serving the finest of music from the masters, each time its doors open to...

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Echoes From The Inner World: A Review

A collection of 41 poems written by Surina Jain, this book takes you on a mystifying journey through life’s emotions and experiences. Every poem penned by the poetess is a reflection of her personal experiences, but at the same time manages to relate to us all.

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Best Kept Secret: A Review

The master author obviously understands very well that people are interested in reading about other people’s lives. If you asked me to put a “typical” Jeffery Archer book into a genre, I wouldn’t know what to do. It wouldn’t be romance, or a thriller, or historical or political fiction...

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The Bonjour India 2013

21st February, 2013 will be etched in my memory forever.Because it was an amazing evening; an evening which redefined my approach to music. It is now that I truly understand how music can transcend language and nationality. All thanks to the “Bonjour India Festival”.

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The Help: A Review

The Help, by Kathryn Sockett, is a New York Times bestselling book. That’s not all, the book has been adapted into a movie, which was nominated for the Best Picture at the Oscars, last year.

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New Market Tales: A Review

This is where all fourteen short stories are set.All fourteen of them have different characters. None of them ever meet. None of the stories ever feel remotely similar or repetitive. Yet, they’ve all got a sense of eccentricity which is common to them all.

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Che In Paona Bazaar: A Review

Before I talk about the book, I have a question for you. How many of you have friends who belong to North-East India?Not many right?That’s because we always consider them a separate community. We treat them as if they belong to a different planet altogether. Remember calling them...

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The Secret: A Review

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a book that has changed the way I approach life. The way I think. The way I speak. It has transformed me as an individual.Primarily focusing on the importance and relevance of positive thinking, this book explores the lives of many individuals, who...

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Exploring The UnBox Festival

This quote finds true meaning in the UnBox 2013 that took place at the cosy yet stunning location of Zorba. And to understand how the UnBox Festival is different from other design conferences that take place in India we asked a couple of volunteers who had come down from...

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A Galloping Success

Every tourist or Mumbaikar has a few must visit places when they travel to Mumbai and the Kala Ghoda Art Festival is one of those pit stops. Mumbai is a city which is culturally heterogeneous but was never considered a centre for culture or art. However, the spirit of...

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Start-Up Sutra: A Review

Books about business don’t interest me.They’re generally all preachy and boring, but I was more than relieved to find that “Start-Up Sutra” wasn’t like that.Rohit Prasad’s “Start-Up Sutra” talks about the qualities of a successful entrepreneur through real life stories of two sets of people. And the book...

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Narcopolis: A Review

Jeet Thayil's debut novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and won the DSC prize for South Asian Literature in the year 2012.I have to admit that my hands normally do not reach out for Indian literature at a bookshop. But its not always that an Indian...

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Yakshagana Alive And Kicking

Yakshagana,,which is about 300 years old, was traditionally performed in temples as a form of offering praise to the Gods. In those days, the Yakshagana performers were illiterate and they performed for daily wages during the festive season and with time, it has transformed into a commercial art form....

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The Mecca For Art Lovers

“I dream my painting, and I paint my dream.”These words of Vincent Van Gogh resound through the walls of the NSIC exhibition grounds in Okhla Industrial Estate as one wanders from one hall to another, struck with awe and inspiration.

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Leave It To Psmith: A Review

Dear me. You have my heartfelt sympathies if you have not ever had the good fortune to find yourself time for a P.G. Wodehouse book. That fine gentleman, I must say, is possibly the most talented author I have ever come across, in terms of the way he manipulates...

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Starbook: A Review

A river flows through the Booker Prize-winning “The Famished Road”, and becomes an evocative metaphor of life and death. Similarly a river churns through the pages of Ben Okri's novel “Starbook”, "big and swollen and mighty" (both the river and the novel).

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Nano: A Review

“Pia looked at the lines more closely and could see that in one the red liquid was moving – it was bright red, oxygenated blood. The half-man was alive, or mostly alive. And he was stuck on a spike like a butterfly collector’s specimen.”

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Nothing To Envy: A Review

The author Barbara Demick was a reporter in South Korea and through this book, narrates the story of six defectors she met during her stay. She personally travelled to the north for reporting and was soon confronted by the north’s oppressive way of living. She has complied, her seven...

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