Plain Vanilla Ice-Cream

That’s right! That is what you call the most successful ice-cream flavor in the world. The chocolate syrup that you add on it, is considered a delicacy but the poor ice-cream beneath it is plain vanilla. Let me stress a bit more - PLAIN vanilla ice-cream. Interesting isn’t it?

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Boundaries: Who defines them?

Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been known to conceptualise and uphold the concept of ‘territory’. In purely physical terms, this imbibes a sense of area and ownership among groups of people or between individuals themselves. We have been known to evolve as ‘social’ animals painstakingly demarcating geographic...

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People with a Purpose

If you are the kind of person who believes that everything in life happens for a reason, then my article would surely match your taste. I strongly believe that everything that happens has a divine purpose behind it which rules every decision of ours – be it right or...

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The Time-Travel Airlines

"The environs are aesthetic and it’s a cool place to work" - this is what prompted Rajeev to opt for a job at the Mumbai airport. Lately, he has been questioning the worth of his job. "Am I really creating any value?” he thought. Giving boarding passes & allotting...

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Hypothesis Of Reality

“It is only when a million hypothetical situations combine, that we arrive at a real one.” This was once quoted to me by a dear friend. Although the reference at that time was quite literal, I was left wondering at the sheer honesty of the words. If we take...

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CART 2047

“Stop cooing, you moron.” I woke up, irritated, to a cuckoo’s constant hollering for the past half hour. Rubbing my eyes, I stepped into the balcony. I am gonna scare the hell out of you, I muttered.

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Brave

I don't know how the brave become brave, I can't say how their body and soul detaches itself from fear.Ask me and I will say that fear for a man is as inseparable as his shadow. But for them fear is a feeling they are too benumbed to feel....

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Movie Night for Guys

In a recent discussion with my friend, I came to realize that the movie-going youth in India has changed their choice of movies, especially the guys. This has had a definite impact on Bollywood. A film industry where almost all movies were either love stories, action-filled or horror movies,...

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Corruption ka The End?

Money wearing Black! Slack! Without bees or wasps - ‘Corruption’ - is the buzzword. Right you heard. What is ‘corruption’? Never out of fashion. Can we define it? No treat. Aakhir ‘corruption’ kis chidiya ka naam hai? What say?

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The Weaker Sex

Since as long as I can remember there have been ladies seats in the buses and also there has been a strong opposition to them from the male gender. I remember travelling in buses to and from college and hoping, before every time I entered one, to find a...

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Pertinent Questions!

For the last two to three months we are witnessing a highly debated political scenario. Anti Corruption Movement (ACM) has swayed the nation, especially the educated youth against the corrupt practices of the Government, the recent success of ACM has largely been for the participation of the educated youth....

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The Brave-Hearted Will Take the Bride

The 1990s saw an emergence of this new cinematic style in the realm of Bollywood that operated on The Family Melodrama. There was a conscious shift in Hindi cinema – The showcasing of the class conflicts amongst angry young men (that were prodigies of the previous film generations) had...

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The Diminishing Window

The other day, while rain lashed the town, I stood near the window and looked out. I was impervious to the downpour outside, the thick fiber glass insulating me. I touched the glass to try and feel one of the raindrops snaking down. Far away, I could see a...

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The Great Indian Obsession

Wait. Make that, the Great Indian Academic Obsession. Us Indians, we all know, have a rather despicable and - provided you aren't suffering from it yourself - a laughable obsession with all things IIT. The obsession itself is also many more things - like complete and utter madness, for...

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TEAM INDIA: Are we really “Number 1”?

When we try to recall the origin of cricket, we are brought to England: the Mecca of cricket. This began in 1877 with the first test match being played between Australia and England. Since then, gentlemen’s game has seen the rise and fall of many cricketing super powers. Bradman’s...

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“It´s Good to Be a Developing Country!”

I was fortunate enough to escape monsoon season this year. My memories of last year´s mouse in the house –SHREEK- was still vivid (we live in a ground floor flat), along with those of mold growing in our shoes and on walls, of traffic jams halting before lake-size puddles...

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Roza – All about being Disciplined

A couple of days ago, I was wondering as to how drastically the meanings of words of one language lose their essence when translated into another. For example, the word - “jootha” only means “contaminated” in English. The same goes for the words like “dharma” & “vrat”. The only...

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The Catalyst

She, livid with anger, corroded with angst, stormed in that dimly lit basement. The room, as if convening a mating of despair and darkness in an abysmal cross of solitude, stood brazen. She dipped her shaking hands in the paint kept in the boxes clumsily lying at the corner...

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Documentary Film-making

Circa 1980, the voice of the youth was heard talking excitedly about their future lives as doctors, engineers, lawyers and civil servants. The masses of the educated young gravitated towards secure and high paying professions, leaving behind a few who dared to swim against this tide.

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The Science of Spirituality

The so called scientific advances and technological innovations have gifted us many things in recent years - from smarter modes of communication, to high configuration personal computers and smarter cell phones to name a few. Being an everyday person, it is very easy to adore these technological advances...

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On Marital Rape

No matter however physically, financially and mentally strong a woman is, rape is still that one thing about which she is completely helpless. The definition of rape varies in different parts of the world and also keeps changing with time and age. But the most widely accepted one clarifies...

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Zindgi Aisi Na ho Dobara

What a queer coincidence! The hot shots, the tycoons celebrated at the badshah’s palace, Mannat the success of the recently released flick ‘Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara’ at the time when the victims of the bomb blasts were suffering these words literally. ‘The Maximum City’ was burning under three serial...

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Fate-lity

It was Smita’s last day at the office. A very talented and intelligent girl, fresh out of engineering college, she had to now get ready to embark on a new journey of marriage in Dubai. Her academic records were flawless and the determination and enthusiasm she showed in work...

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Three Bucket Theory to Career Success

In my various interactions with youngsters the topic of careers and job offers often crops up. Many a times my students call me up to seek advice about a particular offer. I sense a common thread in most conversations and that is the “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality....

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How We First Imagine Kashmir

In the year 1992, when she was a 19 year old creative-writing student at Hamilton College, N.Y., Kamila Shamsie was talking with her favorite teacher, the poet Agha Shahid Ali, about where he had spent his last summer. 'I was in Delhi, and in Srinagar,' he had said. She...

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Memory Revisited

Totally love the music of Indian Ocean. Famous for “Kandisa” and “Arre ruk ja re Bande” from the movie Black Friday being one of my personal favourites. Took some time out and left early to attend their show at the Bandra Times Festival. Komal and I got a place...

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SUCCESS?

The advent of Class 9th brought about a lot of changes. One of them, was being the start of innumerable discussions with teachers, parents and siblings about, of course, ‘our future’.

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Humming Of the Humans

‘Thanks for listening’, ‘I appreciate you lending me your ear’. These statements usually balloon after a conference, an official meet or some formal gathering, but going into the depth of the terms, they can be identified with an essential everyday need of a person.

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Does idealism have an expiry date?

Idealism, it seems rules high between the ages of 21-35, for most individuals. I remember when I was doing my post-graduation, I was burning within when I saw poverty, unemployment, distribution of wealth being unequal and so on. I discussed the aforementioned topics passionately and they plagued my mind...

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Slut Walk – Really the Solution?

Am not going to dwell into the history of how slut walk started and why it started. Someone said something in Canada and suddenly women all over the globe has this newly found sense of self-respect. I don’t get this. I am a feminist too, but I do not...

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Customer is what?

It was the time the marketing strategy took in its stance a paradigm shift. When it was all Customer is King, he pitched Customer is Queen and it stuck. After all of late women filled the workplace, dug gadgets and were fast becoming geeks. It was also during this...

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Back Home

I remember a British neighbour I had befriended when we moved to New Jersey. We were both feeling our way around in this country, getting licenses and discovering stores. She left within a year. She said it was "too different", and that people here "do not even understand English"....

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Is this bye-bye ‘pi’?

For years together, Pi (π) revelled in its own glory. From being revered as one of the most important numbers in mathematics to having an unexpectedly significant impact on the culture world-wide, the fame only bloated. Enchanted by its enigma, people paid tribute in books, music and movies. Many...

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WHAT’S NEW, GUYS?

I was lazily scanning the Sunday newspaper, and my eyes opened wide with excitement at a laptop which looked simply ‘oooh-so-sexy’! Seriously, it looked cool and classy, plus it’s the ‘newest’ thing in town! Dramatic images of me ‘showing off’ this b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l gadget to my friends played in my...

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Engineering: What Next!

Four years of vanished nostalgia, four years of ultimate and unexplained bliss; is what we call engineering. Maybe you’ve already made it big or yet to pull the trigger, at some point you’d know you’d be standing at the edge of a cliff which would spell the end of...

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7 Tips to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

The "Freshman Fifteen" is basically a term common in United States and Canada that refers to the pounds of weight (approximately fifteen) gained by students in their first year of college or university. The same expression is referred to as “First Year Fatties”, “Fresher Spread” or “Fresher Five” in...

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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.

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Breasts implants – Really?

Yesterday someone asked how old you are! When I was a teenager I did not care a damn about this question and I always thought, come what may I will never react to appreciation or usual age inquiries. I failed. I long for appreciation, attention and I refused to...

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Treasure or Test?

Over a lakh crore worth of treasure found in a temple vault! A not-so-popular temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple disgorged a startling stock of wealth that had been lying in its vaults for over 100 years! It is exciting, of course. There is something about ancient wealth...

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NEWS – Never Ending Whacky Stuff?

One fine Sunday afternoon as I woke up after a little nap, the commotion on one of the TV channels was way too frantic. Live coverage of an armada of cars with reporters half-hanging from their wagons just trying to get a glimpse of that something was little curio...

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A Greeting and an Ode

When The Viewspaper approached me to write a guest column, I was thrilled, but at the same time, confused. What exactly could I write about that would strike a chord across the border? Despite shared culture, jokes, and recipes, and despite the fact that I can quote Dilwale Dunhanyia...

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One less Uttar Pradesh

Misery and plight of seven females and their families has turned into an orgy of vile political drama. The accused are absconding from the law and the victimized girls are committing suicides. While this happens, the political battleground is turning into a powerhouse of allegations and constitutional mockery. Assurances...

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The ‘World Class’ Debate

The Union Minister for Environment, Jairam Ramesh has the knack to remain in the news with his proactive but sometimes provocative take on environmental issues. However, this time he chose an unrelated issue to make the headlines once again. According to this IIT Bombay graduate; the most coveted and...

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Are we becoming too desensitised in society?

Things are becoming more and more acceptable in modern society and, in some ways it seems great, especially when one thinks of progression and becoming more open-minded. However, one question seems to hang in the hazy skies of the world, not quite visible, and yet constantly there in the...

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I Feel, but I Think…

One of the core reasons I enjoy watching my favorite American sitcoms like “Friends”, ‘Glee”, ‘Modern Family” is because, in them a person is able to tell the other how they really feel. Well, eventually and always that’s for sure.

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A cup of coffee and Ghalib

Ever since I knew of the existence of this social construct called ‘dating’, I had my plans ready. Not that I ever knew much about candle-light dinners and romantic strolls in parks, but I had my own idea about the ‘ideal’ date – An afternoon in a cozy little...

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9 Day Satyagraha

Baba Ramdev. In the recent past this name and the incidents associated with it have reached a zenith of political controversy and confusion in the country. This article is an attempt to reach out to the masses and bring out the salient points of the entire drama seen.

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Charged for Murder!

Have you ever killed someone? Do you know what it feels like to be a murderer? To live every day with the guilt of having brutally killed something..,strangulated it till it could no longer breathe?

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Death of a Legend

M.F.Husain is no more but he will always remain in our heart through his wonderful narratives in modern art. Husain died on the night of June 9, 2011 London at the age of 93. He popularized art in India and created wonderful paintings.

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World IPv6 Day

Today is World IPv6 Day. Major organizations such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo are offering their content over IPv6 for a 24 hour test. The aim of celebrating 8th June 2011 as IPv6 Day is to motivate organizations across the Internet industry as web service providers, hardware makers, operating...

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Global Governance 2.0

No, then you are not the only one, there are billions who have not. But UN TV is real and its pre-recorded telecast can be seen at Live Station UN TV features live coverage of UN meetings, such as the Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, as well...

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Dangers of Ramdev’s Rhetorics

Delhi police in the midnight forcibly evicted the Ramleela ground where Baba Ramdev and his fiftty thousand devotees were fasting against bringing 'black money' from abroad. Baba was over excited. He wanted that he will not sit in AC untill each Indian has an AC. He was in Land...

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Deja Vu!

A stolen plum cake. A hurried run to see her walking downstairs with the cake in hand. The flight in the steps. The elation on handing the cake over & the walking back victorious with a bright smile in the pimple-proned face!

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Black and White Abstract Photography

The origin of abstract photography or abstract art, which is one of the prime creations of modernist art, is from painting. Ever since its infant stage, artists especially from Europe and the United States have consistently practiced abstractions in other media. Some of the fields where abstract works can...

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Our Planet needs more Public Diplomacy

The focus in Public Diplomacy is on public. When country A practices Public Diplomacy with the rest of the world then it is engaging the global public by sharing with them more information, explanation of major policy decisions, replying to their genuine queries, it makes an effort to win...

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The dilemma of being Young

There is much a hullabaloo around my house at this time of the year. My youngest sibling Swarna, who works with an IT company, is coming back home after almost a year. She has been working for two years after earning a graduation degree in engineering. She landed a...

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Marriage – Arranged? Trust?

Marriage means choosing your partner, the one person who would be sharing your life, your joys, your sorrows, your triumphs, your failures, and however clichéd it may sound, that is still the one person you would dream of getting old with. A dialogue from the movie Shall we Dance...

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The Paradise called Chilika

This year seems to be much more happening than I expected. I realized it when I got an invitation from a senior colleague to attend his marriage at Bhubaneshwar. Hidden was another invitation to revisit the Puri-beach and also the Chilika Lake.

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In a faraway land, Bollywood…

While the Bollywood movies today are practical, urban, youthful addressing social issues and are closer to reality, the movies of the past are artistic, stirring, melodic, famed and celebrated. Being a hundred percent desi at heart, I can crave for Bollywood spice come any day. Bollywood is loved not...

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Casting Aspersions

Is it right to question the integrity of people of a country based on what their democratically-elected government does? My opinion, based on the current global context, is that it is not correct. In this post, I will explain why. This is mainly in response to Great Bong's post...

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What the World Cup Meant to India

When was the last time you saw frenzied crowd on the road, completely lost under the spirit of being an Indian (some even draped under the Indian National Flag) hugging each other irrespective of caste, creed, economic status and (let me put in capital letters) RELIGION. Well not...

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McDonaldisation

McDonaldisation is the term I learnt through my sociology elective. In simple words it means the replication of the USP across the chain. Quite obviously the term originated from McDonalds, which ensures that our taste buds would never be able to differentiate the burgers of 2 different outlets from...

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Effects of Advertising on Children

The ad filmmakers are formulating fresh ways of enticing consumers to buy products. If an advertisement for a product attracts the consumer, they tend to purchase it frequently, or at least buy it once. If a company has to survive in this competitive world, they have to project the...

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