Cold Day In The Sun

This journey was all about chasing down snow. Did I? You will know that as you read ahead.When you are at the foothills, hills aren’t a distant dream. So, I packed my bags with a hope to chase down snow.Himachal Pradesh isn’t a new place for me. I was...

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On The Mend

Travelling is like food for me, I need it to live, to breathe, to survive. And in the end, that’s what life is…The roads you forgot, the wrong bus that you took, the train that you could not board, the stranger you met…It’s such incidences that you always remember...

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The Week That Was

To begin with, the central government brought the "much sought after amendment" to the Preamble to the Constitution. Just as the midnight of 21st December (doomsday) gave in to the popular demand of One More Night, the "cattle class" leaders of the nation held a parliamentary session to make...

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Kasab’s Premature Death

Pune. It's been more than a week since the release of Son of Sardar, and the nation has already witnessed more than a hundred causalities, Ajmal Kasab being the latest. As per the reports coming in from Yerawada Jail, Kasab died while watching Son of Sardar on the evening...

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The Sex Stops Here: A Political Parody

With loads of free porn available over the internet, what came as a blow to the recession-hit porn industry were the comments of the honourable Union Minister for Human Resources. In a statement that rocked the headlines on prime time news shows, he said, "What kids see on the...

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Stop Brushing India: A Political Satire

The Monday morning headlines on a national news channel read, "The opposition ministers show their dissent to the government; give up on brushing their teeth." On seeing the full video coverage, it was learned that the BJP ministry, which has been using Colgate brand of toothpaste since the inception...

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Why do you read?

You may have seen that people who read a lot are emotional about their books and libraries. It is not because book is a precious item financially or even an asset by the popular parlance, but because of the emotional bond that these people have with their books. Now...

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Jack and Jill

He sat in his armchair which was torn at edges and the fabric - faded. Inspite of no ‘aesthetic’ pleasure and value, it had been preserved by detective Wilson for years now as a part of his family’s heritage, passed onto him by his grandfather.

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Where are they heading to?

Now the question of surprise is why suddenly these movements came into being at the same time? One reason can be one, protests give the heads up to another. Other could be that the height of atrocities reached a level where public had no other option than to become...

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Disgrace-Capital

It is an irony that, with so many incidents happening in her capital city, India still doesn't have the right laws to deal with rapists. Most of them get away easily after committing the horrendous crime. Most of the cases aren’t even reported. Delhi Police does a fantabulous job,...

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Dam 999

Built by the British in 1895, across the river Periyar, it was supposed to last a 50 years, according to its engineer, it has today, far lived its life span. Man's greed has made the dam last beyond 100 years. After India's Independence, all those pre-independence pacts have been...

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The ‘Heights’ of Beauty Pageants!

Take a look through the years of the beauty pageants, be they city-centric, state-centric, nation-centric or world-centric – all of them seem to endorse the view that tall, slim and good-looking women define beauty. What about the rest of the women? Aren’t short, stout, plump and natural looking women,...

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That truth behind them lies

We all have been scared of getting caught and more terrified of discovering the truth about someone else. So why then,do we lie? Why do we manipulate things that should be portrayed just the way they are? Well, we are human and no we don’t really err when we say...

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Fiction

Girls can say really stupid things you know. The things you can’t even imagine. For example “I can’t walk with these shoes!” Have you ever heard that?I felt like asking “Why did you buy this shoe, which when wearing you can’t put one of your legs in front of...

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Arranged Marriages back in demand

Rewinding it few years back where arranged marriages were thought to be uncool. Love marriages were the latest trend.[D2] People thought that people who never fell in love or individuals who were dominated by their families usually went for arranged marriages. So, now the trend seems to have...

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On Bosses

I really feel apologetic for delaying my column-writing for weeks together. But what else could I do? I was occupied with “day-dreaming”. Sounds stupid,right? Well, yes, it is...but only seemingly.

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To King Khan, with Love!

Many, many moons ago, when cable TV was not that common in households, when studies were the only thing on my mind and when watching a movie at home on VCR was a good idea, came a movie that changed not just the luck of the stars that were...

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Why You Should be an Entrepreneur?

Before reasoning, let us first understand the meaning of entrepreneurship in the modern context. In today’s world simply investing in an idea and running a company may not entirely qualify for entrepreneurship. With the ever evolving world the spirit of innovation and creativity has to be there in any...

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Leave me or Believe me

The trickledown effect has the most prominent role in the mob following the celebrities. More and more celebrities, are getting attached to PETA and turning to vegetarianism. A broader term to vegetarianism is “veganism” coined in the UK in 1944 as a practice of non-usage and non-consumption of animal...

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Traits of the New Age Professional

We are living in perhaps the most fertile era of the human history. These are times when opportunities are galore and the price of not taking a chance far overweight that of failing. The tried and tested ways are fast yielding into situational smartness and a risk pro behavior....

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The New Generation

Considering how health conscious our generation is, it comes to me as a matter of great surprise that we haven’t given enough consideration to what can be perhaps the gravest health condition of the youth today. This being, the loss of the backbone. The sheer loss of any ability...

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Mobile has come a long way!

Back in 2004 or so when Nokia was ruling the market and mobile-cam was the cool thing to own, we were entertained with a rather nasty mms of a bare breasted girl sucking on to a man’s stick! Aajtak and the likes had a field-day showing how characterless the...

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MARRIAGE, CASTE & RESERVATION

When persons belonging to different castes marry, what happens to their caste status? What will be the caste status of their children? Whether a woman marrying a Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/OBC citizen becomes entitled to claim reservation under the SC/ST/OBC quota?

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Choices

It’s been said since ages that the choices we make for ourselves define who we truly are. I agree. But the real question is: are we really making those choices by ourselves? Now this is quite a difficult question to answer. When we are stuck in the middle of...

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Women Caravan (odyssey)

It all began a few years ago when I saw the raunch culture invading our lives. In a country like India, where women who were once considered to be the backbone and preservers of society, have now become liberated to the extent that they hire male strippers for their...

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The Stepfather

I was told by my grandfather, Boris, that the man with my mother in the only picture of hers hanging over the mantelpiece was my father and I believed that, till I was nine. The man who told me stories about my dad died two days before I turned...

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Real Woman

"A real woman always keeps her house clean and organised, the laundry basket is always empty. She's always well dressed, hair done. She never swears, behaves gracefully in all situations and all circumstances. She has more than enough patience to take care of her family, always has a smile...

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Non Resident to No Return

I thought, I will start this post by throwing my postcode on your face, I live in west London, in a large two bedroom purpose built modern flat with good furniture, wardrobe so big that a couple can make babies in there and I have five of such, two...

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The Wise Child

When I was ten and my younger sister was seven, we religiously watched a film called ‘Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird’. It is a story based on the novel of the same name by Jean Little. The film is rare and was made for television.

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The Innocence is Gone!

Some days back, I had put up a status update on my Facebook wall which went like ‘Sometimes Johnny is a Gadaar and sometimes he is a Joker. Whatever happened to that little Johnny who lived down the lane?’ I was obviously referring to the nursery rhyme ‘Baa Baa...

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Delhi Rapes

I am not going to share any further statistics, it is a world known fact that New Delhi entertains the highest number of rapists in Indian territory ; my tone is cold for a reason pardon if you object it. However, why only New Delhi? Rest of the metros...

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Mademoiselle, what can I call you?

Two feminist associations want to end the differentiation between "Mademoiselle" (Ms.) and "Madame" (Mrs.) imposed on women filling out official documents. One French (female) commentator takes the issue with this latest so-called battle for women's liberation.

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The Light of the Moon

As I stand on this stairway of my grandfather’s house, it feels like he came from the moon. I stare out of the window at the cold, white, winter light. I wonder where he is now as my breath makes fog on the cold glass. It seems my memory...

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Live Out Your Passions!

There are times in life when you feel stuck in space and time. You move neither forward nor backward. You are just simply ‘stuck’. You may want to do a thousand things, but you don’t get down to it because you are unable to budge from the unyielding quagmire.

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Born Free

Independence to me is being able to be myself The summation of my culture, morals and faith It is the person I have become and the things I do It is doing those things wrong, repeating mistakes Until one day… when I am no more at fault

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Running Barefoot to Guinness!

Have you ever run a few kilometres barefoot, that toofor a Guinness Records, and not shoed with the best sneakers in market for your diabetes, weight-problems or so? If not, here may be a chance to run barefoot or ride your pride, the bullet, for a special cause.

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What You Are is Who You Are

For once I could follow up on time on the tragedy of the plane crash in Russia that killed young hockey players. The investigation revealed - pilot error .That was just a euphemistic way of saying that the pilot was cocky and overconfident, and the copilot was drunk. The...

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Love in the time of Facebook

Malini Murmu, a first-year student at IIM, Bangalore and a native of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand committed suicide by hanging herself in her room after she found that her boyfriend had posted a Status message announcing his happiness at the end of their relationship.

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Wedding Jitters

I am scared…very, very scared. You see the wedding season is upon us. Soon, we are going to be inundated with invitations, sloppy emails and the worst of them all, customized websites of the soon-to-be-hitched couple. If that’s not enough to make you throw up, just monitor your facebook...

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The Secret Garden

To be loved is to recognise what is close to you. Maybe we spend our lifetime just learning about this. I remember Spike Milligan talking about depression, said one day it just left him. It makes me wonder what occupies the mind. I want ‘The Secret Garden’ in mine.

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How to Broad-Base Sports in India

India, a country of more than one billion population, has achieved limited success at the International Sporting Arena. The performance of the Indian athletes in the last few Olympics was not convincing. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, India secured only one Gold medal and two Bronze medals. In 2004 Athens...

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The L(eh)ittle Things

I am the girl who likes her city faced apartment instead of the glasshouse in the valley of flowers. So naturally the idea of visiting Ladhak where they don’t have Subway was not as appealing. And boy it was a punch on in my face. How I didn’t know...

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The World Is Yours!

I sat on my bed, one early wet morning, sipping a hot ‘cuppa’ before I slipped out of the ‘world of comfort’ of my cozy bed. The heavens seemed to have opened as a deluge engulfed the world outside. Suddenly, a figure caught my eye. ...

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Letter to the Terrorist

I don't know a salutation which would be apt for you. So I'll refrain myself from using it, since I could hurt a sentiment there, by using one which you don't think is appropriate. I don't know if you are a Mr or a Ms, either, so again I...

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No One Raped and Murdered Meena?

Will Meena Khalkho's case be picked up by the mainstream media like they did Jessica Lall's? Or will the difference in her political environment and class position and, above all, her distance from Delhi, be too much to bridge? 3rd Sept, 2011: Now that the curtain's going down on the...

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To Live With Dignity

I was stunned! at a loss for words and above all I was humbled. She walked up the school driveway escorted by the school band and with folded hands she greeted everyone around her. She was small in size and clad in a simple blue saree she briskly walked...

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To drink or not to drink?

If an 18 year old votes in India, he is considered a responsible citizen. When a person gets married at the age of 21, he is considered responsible enough to take care of the family. Who writes these rules? Who decides what age will you be considered sensible?

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Education through Sports

Today sport emerges as a multi- billion dollar industry throughout the world which attracts millions of people either to participate or to witness sports. The application of modern managerial tools and techniques introduces a change in the pattern of production, consumption and management of sporting events, sportspersons and sports...

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A Higher Standard

Amidst all the brouhaha over the rioting in London and its suburbs for three days, one important development that has gone quite unnoticed from the general blabber of political punditry is the Indian cricket team's decision to continue the test series in England despite the riots. Now, one can...

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My Invention of Sally

In a universe far away, I am seven. It is an unearthly hour of the morning. All humans are asleep. It's just me and the sky. It's cold and foggy. I can see my breath. I am talking to myself and pushing a pram with my dolls outside...

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Purity of an Apology

I do not wish to cross paths years later and have to dive into retrospection mode to rummage through the old atrium of memories, and relive. I do not wish to protract precious memoirs, but have them marred by the incessant nagging of old Regret. I do not wish...

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Dissecting the Draft

The Tents have been uprooted from Ramlila Maidan and; the Media Persons have left the place which that was the center of the Indian democracy for a duration of 13 days amidst the drama which engulfed every house, every soul. Every Single person was clued glued into the events...

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Blogging his way to glory…!

Five years of enriching and entertaining the world with his simple, yet powerful pictures through his photo blog, Rajesh Dangi is still as zealous as he was when he started off in 2006! Bangalore Daily Photo has been consistently delighting hundreds of viewers from across the world with snapshots taken in various nooks...

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Traveler Around the Sun

Recently I watched an animated film called ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki. I really gravitated to the theme of spirits in the film and the seen and unseen world. I am no stranger to this theme in my art work. Last January I performed in a play which I...

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‘Anna’rchy

All it took is a fasting seventy four year old man to bring the entire nation together. Well, almost, the entire nation, except for the not so common people who govern the country , and of-course some Autowallas of India's very own Silicon Valley.

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Butterflies in the Closet…

The other day I read an article in the New Yorker by Paul Rudnick. It was a spoof piece on the sexuality of India’s most famous Gandhi titled ‘I was Gandhi’s Boyfriend ‘. Paul Rudnick’s piece was inspired by Joseph Lelyveld’s biography of MK Gandhi, Great Soul. The book...

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The Perfect ‘to-do’ List

Many hardworking young people are keen about on making the best use of their time. Their daily to-do list - the action plan for each day - mostly involves learning new things, going through a stream of inspiring information, and occasionally spending some time on checking out the...

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THE ABORT BUTTON

A couple of days ago I read this article on the Bangalore Mirror that went with the header ‘More women in the city hit the abort button.’ I am torn in deciding the tone of this statement. Is it an accusation or is just the result of a random...

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Shaky Roots

The other day I overheard a conversation between two men from my countries. (yes, 'countries'- for whatever my passport says, I am both Indian and American) The American was telling his co-traveler that he would really like to visit Mumbai some day. My upcoming smile froze midway when...

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Let us be more Positive!!!

Most of us start our morning with, barring the compulsory natural deeds and facebook-ing - news papers or news channels. Since the vernacular news medium is not in fashion among the educated class, so let’s discount that medium and talk of the more sophisticated English medium of news supply,...

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