Selling Cycles to Cycling

“No power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come” Dr. Manmohan Singh. The same can be said for a company who is in India for the last 60 years and has served its people with iconic brand named BSA & HERCULES, T.I. Cycles of India. The bicylce...

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Cut it for Memories

Second most fickle thing to politicians in India, is electricity or at least sometime back it used to be. Sitting alone at my desk one day when the electricity went off, I wandered into some very funny and delightful memories. I remembered the time when I was in school,...

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Wikileaks, tsunami of the political kind

Proposition No.1: North & Eastern parts are a drag on our economy. India would grow at 11-12 percent, if the country comprised only the West and South. Prop.2: Hindutva, the Hindu nationalism,is an opportunistic electoral issue for BJP. Prop.3: Sonia Gandhi, who occasionally invites Left leaders to breakfast,feels more comfortable working...

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eWaste

Where does your discarded music system, iPod, PC, laptop and other such gadgets and electronic white consumer goods end up, after it has ended its built-in lifespan? In a landfill. This is where the rag pickers and garbage sorters scavenge for those motherboards and other assorted components, for that...

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It’s all about the money!

I have been thinking whether I should start making daily entries or not. Not that the idea didn't cross my mind . It did. A lot. About three months ago I thought of jotting down anything I got to learn after a day's work or boredom in my case. Why bored...

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Happy, Hopeful or in the Dark

My bother and I visited Tunisia two weeks before their revolution. Though poverty and economic inequality were quite evident, public utilities were plenty. My brother remarked that the facilities and infrastructure in Tunisia are surprisingly good despite being ruled a dictator. I responded saying, "It's about keeping people just...

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5 Ways to look Busy and act Important

The trick is to always carry a notebook. Stop to take down notes furiously in every meeting and stop in mid-conversation to refer to the notebook before continuing with whatever you have to say. Just make sure the notebook is not empty, fill it up with some notes at...

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The Curious Case of Arsenal

It was a Winter to remember for Arsene Wenger, the players and the fans of the club as Arsenal continued to knock on the door of their closest rivals in the Premier league and looked unusually good to go all the way in multiple tournaments.

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The Astha Fitness Centre

In the colony where I live in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, houses are built on small plots of land, separated from their neighbours by a boundary wall at least five feet from the house, so we are at least ten feet away from all the houses around. I felt this...

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Twitter-instant voice of the planet turns five

Twitter turned five on March 21, 2011. It has already changed the way the world interacts. Twitter widens and deepens democracy. It reflects the swinging global opinion. Twitter is frivolous and damn serious at the same time. It undermines and compliments traditional media at the same time. Twitter is...

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Corporate Lobbying

Corporate lobbying has got so much face-time because of the Niira Radia tapes that people were talking about it on the street, along with the price of vegetables and the ‘Munni’ and ‘Sheila ki Jawani’ item numbers. For the people in the know, it always existed in the shadows,...

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Sex Education and the Media

Now I know that in America, sex education is shied away from. Most schools here preach abstinence only and still we have many teens and young adults turn up pregnant. From research that I have done on sex education in India it is the same. Sex is a taboo...

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Thank You, Uncle Pai

Among the many Enid Blytons and Illustrated Classics that made up my list of favourite books during childhood was a heavy old bound collection of Amar Chitra Kathas. Having worked its way down to me through a long line of cousins, this dog-eared hand-me-down copy looked rather shabby and...

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Review – Dialogue In The Dark

Conceptualized in Germany, ‘Dialogue In The Dark (DID)’ is a unique exhibition that takes place, as the name suggests, in complete darkness. The participants, usually in a group, are aided by a walking stick and a blind guide, as they travel through a life changing experience in a completely...

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Ministry of External Affairs

The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs was on Friday given the prestigious Gov2.in Award- 2011 by Governance Now magazine for exceptional achievement in Gov2.0 and for being the first central Ministry to propagate and use social media extensively. Other recipients were Municipal Corporation of Delhi...

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Cause Celebre

Celebrity is a double-edged sword. One becomes a household name because of fame and then your every word and action is up for public scrutiny. Well, there is a saying that, if you can’t take the heat, then you should step out of the kitchen. So, it must be...

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Take Me as an Example

Poems with morals are stronger than words said .This poem is about the cruelty of cutting down trees. There would be no humans living in today's world of pollution without Trees. Of course, it also plays an important role in Climatic Changes that occurs world wide. This is my...

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Let’s Make This Clear, Mate

Let me explain something to you, mate. Let me explain something that will unite us. Tuesday, 22 February 2011 and I'm sitting at my desk, sipping this tepid cup of coffee. I'm trying to track down an art historian. "But they must speak Te Reo Māori," a colleague says....

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A picture of Bad Health

Let me paint an ugly picture for you. If someone were to tell you that a group of 12 men (with no governmental affiliation) would be able to change the laws and policies of (at least) 153 countries as well as the health and lives of over 90% of...

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Ganiyari Days

I live in a part of our country that people often refer to as “Bharat” as opposed to “India”, so called because it is completely different from the country we are used to seeing around us, on TV , in magazines, and which our friends and we inhabit.

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What’s in a Size?

Geometry is tough – I think I say this for myself and all other people of normal intelligence in the world When I say this I am sure I speak for the 1 gazillion people of the world, that Geometry was pretty stressful. It was the only sub part...

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A Rainy Interlude

April is yet to come, and it is far from being cruellest. Still, the vapid smell of heat lingers inside our weary veins, just in anticipation. Our eyes long for the army of rain-clouds that would connect multitudes to a half-forgotten yearning from the beginning of civilization.

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Biking Adventure

When was the first time we remember seeing really snazzy wheels for the first time? In our larger-than-life Hindi movies. All those high speed car chases with thrilled us so much, with the stars driving those shiny blue impalas or Volkswagen van, or those cute open-top vintage...

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Beware! They are Contagious

Sometimes I feel the need to expose myselves, the need to defend myself and the need to protect myself. Whenever I feel laid down, I search for doing things that motivates me instead of making me more vulnerable to it. I love my mom and the Internet for that....

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I’m Number Four

After a rather long wait, I finally got to watch ‘I am number four’ yesterday at Inox, Garuda Mall, Bangalore. And surprise surprise, contrary to what I had heard from friends that it was a movie with aliens and special effects and all that, ‘I am number four’ is...

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18’ Till I Die

It was one of most disappointing thing to happen, when I knew that the Bryan Adams’ show scheduled for yesterday (15th Feb, 2011) was rescheduled citing security reasons and clearances… Nobody knows when it has been rescheduled to, or whether it will happen in Delhi at all.. While at...

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Being Uncommon

“We just came away from the main city and the bus had halted for the second time.” She was saying while we got down the bus “Second time?” I asked surprised, “I think this is the first time.”

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Cricket – The Illogical Game

What is it about this sport that drives the whole nation of India mad? What does this game have that has given it the unique distinction of being elevated to the position of religion in India? What is it about it that drives most of the subcontinent countries, unites...

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I Believe in Change, I Vote!

“Whether voting should be made mandatory in our country or not” is something we have debated on more in the past few years & the most, last month on the occasion of National Voter’s Day. Roughly a month after the event I choose to write about it. It’s...

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The Gobbler

It was an ann-prashan ceremony that left everyone gaping. Never before had they seen a baby take his first meal with such delight. While some whimpered, some cried uncontrollably, some just ate a speck, some even looked at the bowl with distaste clear in their eyes. But Arjun was...

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Something to call your own

Life is all about choices, the good, the bad and the ugly. The conviction that most of them have been made by you is your biggest triumph. As a woman, you are a daughter, a wife, and last but by no means the least, a mother! Somewhere, along the...

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To all the bosses I hated

I am really happy to say that the bosses I've worked for were really awesome. In general, a lot of rookies hate their bosses coz they think their boss has something against them, but in reality, it’s just your work not you, I think every rookie screws up and...

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The Change is Within!

It is surprising, how I see people undervaluing themselves immensely, every single day. There are few, and I mean really few who understand their own worth beyond the periphery of immediate friends, family and work. And this negates their ability to contribute positively to the world. An average 25...

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De Ghuma Ke…

"De Ghuma Ke..." is the war cry you hear whenever you switch on your television? In most of the TV/newspaper advertisements, you see you see Indian cricketers, be it a Chips company or a Cola company? Several contests you're participating via SMS to win tickets? News channels flash a...

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All we need is Civic Sense

A new consciousness is dawning upon us as a nation. Incredible India campaign has just released a television advertisement that shows Amir Khan urging Indians not to litter the public places, not to spit on roads and not to pee in public places. This is a welcome, timely and...

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Review – Dhobi Ghat

It is with considerable apprehension that I stepped into the theatre to watch Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries). Here was another film which had the great Indian city as its inspiration, backdrop, and going by Kiran Rao’s own admission, even an important character in the movie. For a subject that...

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Of the Unlawful and Disorderly

It is disheartening to see to what extent the protectors of the law of our land (yes, the ones that wear Khaki uniforms) go to make that extra buck. In the past, I have heard stories from friends about traffic constables taking as low as Rs.3/- to let go...

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Of Jobs, Mobs and Getting High

The crowd outside jammed the doors as the chosen few were presented their offers in the foyer. Ashwani was ecstatic as the representatives presented him the company t-shirt with its logo embossed on it. As they were leaving the crowd outside grew restless. A major fortune 500 company chose...

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Everything Natural, But Us!

Millions of centuries have passed in this beautiful but uncertain world. At times I wonder what makes and lets us survive on a planet covered almost three fourths of its surface with nothing but vast lakes of water, do we realize how fortunate we are, what is the importance...

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Newspaper and Morning Chai

If given a choice between morning tea (chai) and reading the newspaper or morning tea (chai) and reading the newspaper later in the day, I would definitely opt for the latter. Not that I am bound to but I choose to. So, many years ago (not that many! I...

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Turn the Page

Young adults are no longer just the future of a country; they are the present as well. Dr. A P J Kalam is known to be an email away from the students of India because he believes in them and soon we will see laws being influenced by public...

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Does Prada own the Devil?

Ever wondered if you own your clothes or do they own you? It is often said you are what you wear. And while that’s half true, as a stylist and fashion writer also at the risk of contradiction, I think clothes play a secondary role in shaping who you are....

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Mr. B

It’s such a long journey...so many people sashaying in and out of our lives, some leaving an indelible imprint, like Mr. B did... Mr. B was one of the finest friends one could ever have. I was lucky to have him. He was a charmer...no wonder he had so many...

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Koans

A Koan is a tradition in Zen. It is basically kind of a question of a very strange kind that may seem weird or absolutely meaningless and is given to a disciple to think on it. It might even be a question that has no answer but the student...

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Falling In, Falling Out

As I sit here sipping from my coffee cup, flipping through a funky teen magazine, I smile in amusement. Gone are the days when I would devour every inch, concentration pinned onto the glossy pages. The help they provide in the tint of my nail varnish and flirty text...

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Awry Progression

Apparently, from the very beginning of our human race, we have continued to evolve and we have established ourselves as creators and superior beings who have persistently strived for comfort and a premium life. In this quest for acquiring the best for ourselves we have somehow slipped along the...

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My Sister and I

To be honest, when I checked my e-mail account, I first thought it was a joke or spam. What can a 33-years-old Italian in London write about, that Indian youth will find meaningful or interesting? "Nothing!” was my first instinctive reaction. Yet, I couldn't help thinking there are always matters...

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Does India need its own Jasmine Revolution

The scenario in our country could hardly be grimmer than the one prevailing at present. Continually spiralling food prices, seemingly ineffective government, corruption oozing out of every vein of the body politic that is threatening to rupture any time, sinister designs spreading into institutions like Judiciary and Armed Forces...

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Valentine Day from Thick Glasses

“What is this Valentine day?” She asked me pronouncing valentine as ‘vaa-len-tee-nay’ as she removed her thick glasses given by the Doctor after her cataract operation. “Oh..no, no, no!” I said. “It is not pronounced va-len-tee-nay, it is valentine rhyming with swine.” “I don’t care whether it is swine...

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Why I became an Ayn Rand Fan?

1989 it was, and I was a petite 12 year old, and I along with my classmates, a group of 45 students, in our Seventh Grade. We were part of the Bharathamatha Family, a Christian Missionary Convent, when this young and vivacious teacher took charge of our English...

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When Men like Women?

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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Always Take Diversion on Indian Roads

National Highway, State Highway, Expressway, Freeway, Crossroad, Service Road, Tarred Road, Kutcha Road, or Take Diversion. Whatever the type of road you take every day to school. College, work or nowhere in general, take your eyes of the road and pause to see what the sides of the road...

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The Brand Factor

In an era of commercialization, the trend is catching up fast where each company or endorsement has its own jingles. On these lines, nothing can be a better example than the giant telecom companies with their plethora of networks and umpteen subscribers. Airtel-”Aisi azaadi aur kahan”, Reliance-”Karlo duniya mutthi...

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Youth-O-Phobia

The modern INDIA is loaded with bunch of professionals from both sex and they are considered to be the future and spine of this ever "developing" nation, but my worry is, for the past 20 years we are being addressed only as a “Developing” nation and not a “Developed...

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It’s Your Choice!!

Today’s youth seems to own a very special quality in them—something which wasn’t all that prevalent with the previous generations. They have a choice for almost everything but this super magical quality which the previous generations were void of and mostly denied, isn’t being used judiciously by today’s youth....

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Communal Politics

Political parties can be broadly divided into three forms: the right, the left and the middle. The right parties, as per the critics, follow the path of majority religion appeasement. Whereas, the left parties follow the path of communalism. The middle parties don’t go either way. India, the...

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Our Common Denominators

I believe in the concept of ‘accidentally on purpose’. When you ignore a person, place, or thing, you say more about yourself than you do about what you are ignoring. Once something becomes visible, it’s impossible to send it back into obscurity.

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The Cult of the IIT Novel

New Indian authors are using the name and reputation of India’s greatest institutions in a wave of new literature that targets the youth. Six years ago, a little known banker published a 270 page book about three ‘five-point-somethings’ and their booze and grass-fuelled escapades in one of the...

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The Death of TV

Have you been watching television recently?! Does the experience of watching entertainment coupled with a boatload of advertising not want to make you reach for the nearest blunt instrument and slowly gouge your eyes out?!! Had this been 2006, I’d have probably begun this article by saying I’m a...

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A heart that will not quit

If you are in your mid twenties or older, chances are you have definitely been in a relationship before. Perhaps two or three or may be even several. They have ended for whatever reasons, but sometimes, there is that one person, no matter how hard one tries, that one...

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How I Quit Smoking using NLP

Whenever I undergo any training or course, I try and apply the concepts and skills I learn during the program upon myself in order to ascertain the efficacy of the training for I firmly believe in the time-tested adage that “The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating”.

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How to Eat, Drink and be Fit?

Ok do I have your attention now? I feel that in the boobtube din of chips, sugary drinks, choco-honey loops and noodles we have forgotten some healthy eating basics which will keep you looking hot as well as feeling healthy. You think you are too young to have to bother...

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The Broken Windowpane

The boy is paddling fast, braving the cold stinging weather of winter Delhi. He keeps a hawk like gaze at any pebble, stone or petty obstacle which may spring up in his way. Like a skilled cyclist, he maneuvers his way through the late evening traffic. Despite such weather,...

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Youth for Truth

Mahatma Gandhi had said that what India needed was committed and educated youth from the towns and villages for the uplift of every village in India. The huge class, caste and gender oppression that exists in rural Indian society makes it difficult for youth to bring about radical socio-economic...

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Lac-dye Vows

She is too shy for comfort. At times, I can’t even find a way to start a conversation. At the most, she would nod, maybe a smile in her boldest days. Leaning against the door, gripping hard on the ends of her attire, she would twist its ends in...

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The Same Fear

It is said that every picture has its own tale; it depends on how we perceive it. On a parting glance I saw three hands, one holding a rose and the other two reaching for it. Nothing important, I thought, usual stuff. I saw it again, moments later....

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State of Cattle in Kashmir

With so much at stake amidst uproar in the Kashmir valley, a lot has been spoken about a fake encounter that has upset all Kashmiris. The issue has done its rounds in the media and has caused more than just a dent to the ruling congress government's image per...

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Glasgow and its wonders

Trust me, it is a huge university. Let me paint a picture. Imagine the biggest land piece in your head, and it was 10 times bigger than that! Vast expanse of what were dominated by two colors, green and grey were all over the place.

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IN THE NAME OF CONSERVATION

Conservation is a word used very often these days. Terms like ecotourism, eco-friendly, green games and environmentally sustainable are some of the expressions that camouflage conservation repeatedly. But how do we actually describe ‘Conservation’.

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES MISERY

With only a few days left for the commonwealth games euphoria to begin, the capital is still under last minute clean up. A clean up which is not only restrained to debris of the city but also to the makers of this so-called “global”& “world-class” city.

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ARE WE REALLY INDEPENDENT?

As the Independence Day is approaching, I am continuously haunted by a question i.e. are we truly free and independent? We have gained freedom from the British rule but what have we done with our independence?

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Kiss

And she lolled on my shoulders, the whorls brushing against my ears, tickling me in an eerie manner. I tried to nudge and adjust slightly without disturbing her sleep; moments of respite then again the situation would get to me. Half an hour had passed like that and the...

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Marty’s Last Temptation

When Jesus speaks to us in the opening scenes of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)”, He doesn't speak about love or god. He speaks about pain and agony; the pain and agony of sharing a destiny with God.

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