Why Nations Fail: A Review

“Why Nations Fail” is an elaborate work by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson. While the former is a professor of Economics at MIT, who received an award for the most significant contribution in the field of Economics, the latter is a political scientist and an economist at Harvard...

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Much Ado About Nothing

In a heterogeneous, multi-cultural crowd like the one in our country, it is very easy to misinterpret and misquote a statement made by a person, however distinguished he or she may be. There will always be someone who would be offended by the opinions, and there would always be...

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God

We have hundreds of names for one entity. In every mythology, be it Greek, Egyptian, Norse or Hindu, there are many, many, many gods, because we have many, many, many religions.And that’s where everything begins to go downhill.

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Losing It: A Review

All of us have tried losing weight maybe for different reasons. And to do so we have sought help from various sources: websites, magazines, dadi-nani ke nuske, even joined a gym or yoga classes but to no gain.

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Chaos Theory: A Review

Chaos Theory is the debut novel of Anuvab Pal who, apart from being an author, is also a playwright, screenwriter and stand-up comedian (he’s got a few videos on YouTube). Now looking at the book cover and summary, you’d think it’s a typical love story, wondering if the two main...

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Found The Darcy Of Your Life?

Yes you are right, its Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.But why am I talking about this now? Because on Jan.28 it will be exactly 200 hundred years since Jane Austen introduced us to the travails of a mother trying to marry her five daughters, and the greater agony of...

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What To Do This January

If you started off 2013 with a huge bang, and your enthusiasm has fizzled out by now due to the appearance of huge blank spaces in your social calendar with the end of the holiday season…then you are just like me.

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Haylor

Now I don’t do celeb stories, but this one is really funny. My laughter when I thought of it was so contagious; I was literally rolling on the floor laughing and I bet you would too, if you saw me then.So here’s the story: I was loitering around on...

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Honey Singh And The Rape Rap

We all know that music is an important part of society, and it reflects and shapes the mindset of the people. Melodies, rhythm and lyrics especially, affect people very much, especially when they’re at an impressionable age. So before you start wondering, no, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to...

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The Year Of Duels

If you think that little fights happen only among actors and actresses, that it’s only the Khans and the Kapoors that end up in a feud; then you are so wrong. The world of literature isn’t far behind. They have all together written their own book of feuds. So...

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Killing Kennedy: A Review

In the very beginning, in his note to the readers, Bill O’Reilly is quick to clear that Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelotis a book based on facts.O’Reilly penned this book in collaboration with Martin Dugard. Dugard is a highly skilled researcher, who collected all the facts with immense...

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The Skinning Tree: A Review

It is the story of young Sabby who lives in his own world of imagination at his grandmother’s house in Kolkata (then Calcutta). He lives in a family where the anglicised values co-exist with the Indian values and nationalism.

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The Last War: A Review

The Last War by Sandipan Deb is a novel about a business family that deals in many illegal activities. The novel stretches from the year 1955 to the year 2007, during which time the life of the family members takes various twists and turns. The novel bursts with drama,...

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Zero Day: A Review

Techno-thrillers are as Wikipedia describes them, “a hybrid genre, drawing subject matter generally from science fiction, thrillers, spy, action and war and feature a disproportionate amount of detail on their subject matter”.Zero Day has to be called a techno-thriller. Having grown up on a constant diet of Michael Crichton,...

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Lullaby: A Review

So I picked up the first attractive cover I found – “Lullaby” by “Amanda Hocking”. The various blues of the violent ocean crashing against rocks in the middle of the sea looked great, and a girl standing in the middle completed it.

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Delhi: A Novel

Synopsis: A lecherous historian-cum-writer is in a bad phase of his career that he takes a part-time job as a tourist guide in Delhi. As a guide he ensures a perennial supply of foreign memsahibs for himself with whom he has innumerable flings. He takes these tourists and his...

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Perfect Blend Of Music And Culture

The sky was the most beautiful shade of orange, slowly turning copper, and everything seemed to be coming alive, as the Bacardi NH7 Weekender shone in full glory beneath it. The cinnamon hued dusty ground, the color of the decorations chosen and even the people there appeared to complement...

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The Wave Rider: A Review

He also emphasizes on how he had to choose between making his company reach heights all by himself or have someone else do it. Not only does he show the perks of having a well-established company, but also the negative aspects of the same. He tells the readers how...

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Honey Singh’s Satan: A Review

The song starts with a deep, booming voice announcing the emergence of an unprecedented evil towards the end of ba’ak’tun XIII (which is basically the end of the world, according to people’s interpretations of the Mayan Calendar), who possesses the body of one man and enslaves the souls of...

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Dubstep: The New Rage In Music

It has a dark feel to it and frequently uses dissonant harmonies with an occasional riff. The tempo is generally fast and the rhythm is syncopated and sometimes shuffled.The earliest Dubstep releases originated in South London around 1998 and were featured on the B –sides of 2-step garage tapes....

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Paradise City: 12/12/12

Excitement was high in the air, as was jealousy, and even a little bit of apprehension. On Wednesday, Guns n’ Roses held a smashing concert which blew people’s brains away.Even though Axl Rose was the only “original” member performing, people were in a frenzy to watch the band perform...

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Delhi Bangs Its Head To Rock Music

After a lengthy wait of almost two decades, India finally got to witness the legendary rock n’ roll band we all love and know as Guns n’ Roses. Delhi, after Mumbai and Bangalore, was the last stop of their India tour. The concert was held on 12.12.12 at the...

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iTré!: The Downfall Of Green Day

Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead vocalist and guitarist, was my idol. I lived by his words of wisdom – “School is practice for future life, practice makes perfect and nobody’s perfect, so why practice?” – and was inspired by him. Tré Cool was the coolest drummer I’d ever seen...

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Into The Abyss: A Review

Written by Carol Shaben, Into The Abyss tells the story of four men, one of whom was her own father, who survived a terrible plane crash near High Prairie in Alberta, Canada. When I picked up this book, I had a lot of reservations, the biggest one being that...

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The Forgotten: A Review

The Forgotten is, for lack of a better word, truly awesome. It's a book that demands attention; it doesn't allow you to put it down. If you're a first timer with suspense novels, this is perfect for you. Baldacci draws you into the story with the very first sentence,...

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New Band On The Block: Imagine Dragons

If you’ve heard the uplifting mandolin introduction to a song called It’s Time and found yourself wondering about the band, look no further. The song is the first single released from the 2012 album, Night Visions of a Las Vegas alternative/indie rock band.

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Jane Eyre Laid Bare: A Review

I had Jane Eyre as a part of my course in the first year of college, but I pretty much passed relying on the BBC’s version of Charlotte Brontë’s classic. And once I did start giving a crap about Victorian literature, I went back to it. As expected,...

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The Masala Murder: A Review

I’ll be the first to admit, the name didn’t tempt me to read the book at all. The fact that the cover declared Madhumita Bhattacharya - a decidedly Indian name – to be its author added to my skepticism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m Indian and proud of it,...

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Contemporary Classics

The stories are pretty much familiar to us, considering we grew up reading them, or probably watching them in black and white. Some of them count as fairytales and others as the best examples of literary fiction. And now, they’ve been revamped, contemporized, even distorted, to suit the tastes...

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A Review Of The Casual Vacancy

One of the richest authors in history recreated the world of children's fiction when she introduced the first of her seven books of the Harry Potter series in 1997. Fifteen years after her first novel, J.K Rowling returns with The Casual Vacancy, genres apart from Harry Potter.

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Round Two For Emily Thorne

“To believe that a life is meant for a single purpose, one must also believe in a common fate. Father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to child. Blood ties can be as unyielding as they are eternal. But it is our bonds of choice that truly light the...

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Winter Essentials 2012!

People! Winter’s finally here and if you haven’t felt the chilly breeze yet, then either you’re not an early riser or you’re a wooly mammoth in disguise (sincerely hoping former’s the case). Well, here I am to endow you with ten simple tips on how to get through this...

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Reviewing “A Wish”

To be honest, when I picked up this book I was skeptical to say the least. An eighteen year old published a book of 32 poems, a collection she has gathered over the years. However, one simply needs to read through the foreword and introduction to realize that this...

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The Casual Vacancy: A Review

When we talk about JK Rowling, the obvious connection that we make is with the Harry Potter series, and that’s exactly what happened. The readers were awaiting the book release since the day the news about Rowling writing a second novel hit the newsstands. I have just finished reading...

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Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll

Guess where we were this Saturday evening? At the Nh7 Weekender! Jealous? Wait till you reach the end of this article. So let’s get one thing out in the open; this was the first time that I had attended a live concert in my life! And for a person...

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A Weekender to Remember

The day started with an obscene amount of tweeting (for more on the subject find me on Twitter) which lasted well into the increasingly sleepy two hour drive to the International Buddh Circuit, the venue for a much awaited event, and no I'm not talking about a certain event...

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Lana Del Rey: Not Meant For Everyone

She went viral playing Video Games with her old Hollywood charm and beguiling voice. The music video was like a breath of fresh air for those bored of more mainstream stuff. And no, it’s not just the hipsters who fell in love with Lana Del Rey, she went on...

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The Secret of the Nagas: A Review

The last we saw Shiva, he was following his adversary, the Naga, who had killed his friend, Brahaspathi, and was now a threat to his wife Sati. This is where The Immortals of Meluha, after building up the anticipation and reaching the apex, had ended abruptly. The Secret of...

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Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning: A Review

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player; action RPG (Role-Playing Game) developed by 38 studios and Big Huge games, and published by 38 studios and EA for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows. It was released on February 7th 2012 in North America and February 9th 2012...

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Actor-Singers: A Dilemma or Fervor?

With Priyanka Chopra’s debut album In My City featuring Will.I.Am hitting the markets, the Indian film industry seems to have come a full circle. Till the 60’s, we had actors who would represent themselves behind the microphone as well. From Noor Jahen to Suraiyya and from K. L. Saigal (also...

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Wuthering Heights: A Review

Emily Bronte’s first and only published novel Wuthering Heights is an inexplicable story of intense love and revenge set in an imaginary landscape. It centers on the love between Heathcliff and Catherine and how it tends to destroy them. The unchanging nature of their love seems to be the...

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A Feminist Approach

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, written by Stieg Larsson is a novel that deals with morality, ethics, justice and sexuality. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most intriguing characters in the novel and also the female protagonist. The novel captures her life's journey; the difficult situations she comes across,...

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The Immortals of Meluha: A Review

The first book in the Shiva trilogy is a surprise. Never before has Lord Shiva been described laying emphasis on his human form. The novel is the journey of a man becoming Mahadev or God of Gods. It is the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary destiny....

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Taxi Driver: A Review

Taxi Driver brought three of the most precious gems of cinema into prominence, namely Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese and the then 13-year-old Jodie Foster, who would go on to become one of the finest actresses ever.This 1976 Martin Scorsese psychological thriller takes the viewer into a very different world,...

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Lady From the Sea: A Review

Contrary to what the title suggests, the play, ‘Lady from the Sea’ is not about mermaids! Rather, this play is one of the many masterpieces of the renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who is credited with the rise of what is commonly known as Modern European drama.

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The Edge Of Desire: A Review

This is the journey of a Hindu college alumnus and journalist, Shruti Ranjan, whose content, complete life in Delhi is satisfying, until, one day when she finds her live-in boyfriend in bed with her best friend, only to discover that her boyfriend of five years is not even apologetic...

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Fifty Shades of Grey: A Review

Literature student Anastasia Steele happens to interview business magnate Christian Grey for her college newsletter when her roommate, who was actually supposed to interview him, falls sick. Believing that the interview went terribly, and glad she will not meet the intimidating man ever again, she is shocked to see...

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A Hunger Artist

One of the numerous short stories written by Franz Kafka is “A Hunger Artist”. It explores the life of an extinct professional, an “artist”, who earns his living by simply starving for a certain period.

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Revisiting Rishta.com

Multiple marriages that occur for reasons ranging from honour, to contracts, to compromises (never love, mind you); love polygons that make one shudder and thank their stars that Ekta Kapoor isn’t God and cannot unleash such romantic complexities in real life ; a highly inept Yamraj who can never...

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The Fountainhead

It got published in 1943. Rand stated that the reason behind writing this book was to portray the characteristics of an ‘ideal man’. The protagonist, Howard Roark is conceived to represent ideal man. The antagonist Ellsworth Toohey is described to be the apparent ideal man. The leading lady...

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones

Martin has worked over a wide range of genres including science fiction, horror, fantasy and screen writing. His works include many short stories, novellas, screenplays and full-fledged novels. With the publishing of A Game of Thrones, he saw his first critical and commercial success. In 2011, Time listed him...

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The novel follows Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced crime journalist embroiled in a libel suit, and punk prodigy, Lisbeth Salander, who finds employment in Milton Security (one of Sweden’s top Security firms). Both these main characters do not directly interact until a later point in the novel, with Larsson using...

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A Visit from the Goon Squad: Review

As a book, A Visit From the Goon Squad is distinctive because it really has no single protagonist. Each of the 13 chapters—one of which is told through a PowerPoint presentation—revolves around the life of a different character, in places from Italy to New York City to Africa, and...

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SATYAMEV JAYATE

As soon as announcement of this TV show was made, many people started posting updates and sharing posts about this show on Facebook. No sooner, the show got popularized all over the country and people eagerly waited for the first episode. For better understanding, this show was dubbed into...

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‘Painted’- An Ode to Life

It is author’s first publication but you wouldn’t feel so. Why? Because she has been writing for the past 12 years now. And when she says, “Writing is something that comes naturally to me,” you would easily believe her if you have already read the book.

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‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy, an American author puts before us a picture full of destruction in his book titled ‘The Road’ (2006). It won Pulitzer in 2007. It is a hypothetical portrait of a country torn apart by war, natural disasters and pollution of every kind. Amidst all this, two brave...

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‘Malgudi Days’: A Must Read

R.K. Narayan needs no introduction. A Padma Vibhushan and member of the Rajya Sabha, he also happens to be one of the best writers India has ever produced. His first novel was ‘Swami and Friends’. This was followed by two other books: ‘The Bachelor of Arts’ and ‘The English...

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I Too Had A Love Story : Book Review

The author has described the instances of his personal life in the story. Being a love story, the genre seems very interesting and appealing to many youngsters who have experienced the essence of love and relationships in their lives and those who have sacrificed something for other's happiness. He...

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Shaping India’s future

Merging the power of IT and the immense energy that can be extracted from renewable resources, Jeremy Rifkin, the founder and President of Foundation on Economic Trends has come up with the model for an ecstatic 3rd Industrial Revolution.

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Bhutto’s tryst at JLF!

Bhutto’s presence in India was an emotional and a very important step towards building the relationship between the two Countries at this juncture! With brief introductions, Karan Thappar, set the ball rolling by plunging straight into the discussion of the current state of Pakistan!

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Revolution Highway

What generated even greater interest around this book was Simeon’s own involvement in the underground movement during his college days. The book though a fictionalised account draws its materials heavily from the history of those times.

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The Paradox of a Scientific Religion

What started as a discussion slowly turned out to be a debate - I on one side and all the others pitted against me. I refuted many of their arguments of attributing scientific reasons behind every Hindu practice - religious or social. In the process I left them confused.

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Book Review

Next, he lands in Iran and he is now just one step away from his final destination. Iran figures on Aatish’s itinerary because of its Islamic Revolution. As he tries to engage and interact with dissent groups in Iran, he lands himself in trouble with the ruling establishment; though...

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The Pancake People

He calls us "The Pancake people". The wide access to technology, gizmos and multitudinous amount of information that we enjoy today is something that great minds like Da Vinci or Newton would have only imagined.

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‘‘Only time will tell”

However, as I delved deeper in his life’s chronicles, I felt as if Mr Archer had already seen his creator’s design and so he was only left with the task of merely connecting the dots. His miscellanies include international bestsellers like Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less,...

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Zari Workers of Azadnagar

In a room on top of a tenement three men work arduously over a bright yellow cloth stretched tightly across two wooden planks. After tracing the design on the cloth by using a khakha or designed tracing paper, they mount beads onto a thin, long needle and plunge it...

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Book Review: And Thereby Hangs a Tale !

Short stories have always appealed to me more than a novel (No offense intended here to the huge population of novel readers!) primarily because it finishes off early and hence you tend to read each and every line and not constantly try to jump to the last page in...

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John Stuart Mill

Mill further strengthens his argument saying psychological considerations show that any mental differences that are supposedly existing between men and women are but the natural effect of the differences in their education and circumstances.

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‘Autumn…’ time for Readers!

While the characters in the story are very well etched-out, the situations they’re put-in, are not! Though the story doesn’t bring anything new for the regular reader of this genre, the course of events hold on to you. The biggest let down from this Times group Publication is the...

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White

It’s fascinating how such a neutral colour can convey so much. But then again, that is the beauty of nature. It never seems to be content with staying okay. No. It has to be awesome.

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Most Spoken Languages in the World!

Chinese: Chinese tops the list of the most spoken language in the World! Approximately, 1,300,000,000 and counting, people speak this language! Although it has been adopted in various ways, the Mandrian variety is the most popular! Standard Chinese on the other hand is spoken in the People’s Republic of...

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Books to read before you turn 25

Atlas Shrugged: It is end of history for novels. By end of history I mean, there can be nothing better than this. It is a fictional story of industrialists in contention with the socialists in mid-twentieth century America. The novel by its very title raises the question what would...

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Most Read/Admired Indian Writers

Salman Rushdie: Salman Rushdie’s undaunted courage and his ability to strike the right chord with those who have never been written about, makes him an evergreen favourite among the Indian Youth! The Youth is invariably in search of an icon that defies odds and has the grit too stand...

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‘HeadFirst Java’ – Book Review

The HeadFirst Java: a technical book with a dash of intermingled fiction and poetry stuff, does full justice to its cover statement,” Your Brain On Java: a Learner’s Guide”. If a java geek, randomly browses through the pages for the first time he’ll be totally puzzled and I won’t...

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A tryst with AIESEC

About a year ago I started my journey in the exotic lands of Russia, where not only did I find my strengths and weaknesses, I also found out a wee bit about the world which we are unknown of. A world which cannot be defined by all the words...

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Wanna Be My Chammak Challo?

AIESEC Mumbai believes that every person is born with some hidden talent. At Balakalakaar 2011, they hope to bring out that creative artist and the soulful dancer in every underprivileged child and provide a platform for them to showcase their talents through our workshops, events and competitions.

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My Imagination, My World…

AIESEC Mumbai believes that every person is born with some hidden talent. At Balakalakaar 2011, they hope to bring out that creative artist and the soulful dancer in every underprivileged child and provide a platform for them to showcase their talents through our workshops, events and competitions.

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Resurgence of Indian Folk Music

In the early period there was a division of music between the kingdoms and temples. The temples presented religious music to all those who wanted it while the kingspatronized the separate artists and within that division a new culture took birth out of the very hearts of the common...

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The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown, the 46-year-old famous author was born in New Hampshire, USA to parents who themselves had a literary background. He is a multifaceted personality who had juggled with various careers like songwriting, singing and dabbling as a pianist before hitting the right note with his literary skills. Dan...

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Colors of my dreams!

Life is a mosaic of Colors. I think Colors communicate invisibly. Color is a powerful and significant communication tool, and it is tied to religious, cultural, political and social influences. I am fortunate to be born in India, a country that has almost become synonymous to a “Colorful Nation.”...

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Honeybees And Pollination

Honeybees are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are un-described and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every...

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A Brush with the Past

This kind of approach had already seeped in the Western soil in the 16th century with the advent of the Renaissance movement. On the other hand an average Indian, if I can take the liberty of calling them that was far from this maddening world of science.

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My Success Story as a Teacher

Prior to charting out my career path others had discovered the ‘teacher’ in me. These ‘others’ were none other than my own teachers and my classmates .The former gave me the opportunity to take the stage in my stride and voice my opinion fearlessly to the world in front of me....

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Persuasive Writing

Give your audience a story that will have meaning to them and you'll be on your way to getting their attention and their business. Combine the story you're telling with another persuasive writing technique to get even bigger results from your writing. Why is storytelling so effective The fact...

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