The Coming Of Monsoons

Oh Monsoon! You are finally here I was looking for you everywhere   Drops of rain will provide much needed relief Trees are happy and so are the leaves   People have smiles on their face Everyone loves monsoon irrespective of race   The city is looking bright and...

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An End After Ten Years Of Orkut

rkut, which is owned by Google is now taking its last breath. The social networking site is to be shut by the end of September this year. The site was launched almost at the same time as Facebook in 2004. Facebook is now the ultimate destination for the world’s...

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Where In DU You Could Land Up

The cut off list for the University are to be out today and once again some will be uplifted while others will face disappointment. The DU cut offs always have had certain unpredictability. No one knows what lies ahead but I have made an effort to compile an analysis...

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Being A Delhite: What Glues Us Together

Delhi is a rough city, and we the Delhiites, take pride in our bad-ass-ness. That being said, when was the last time you saw a fist fight? I can't recall ever witnessing a fistfight between two adults. Maybe I don't frequent the sorts of places known to attract brawlers,...

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Five Ways To Make College Life Fun

It is that time of the year once again, when high school pass outs get ready to embark on their next journey—college. While I thought that the days when parents advised their children about the course and college they should choose were a history, it turns out I was...

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It’s A Mad Mad World

You have just been woken up by your irritating alarm tone and have sleep walked to the dining table for breakfast. The moment you sip your morning coffee, you spit it out. Somebody’s added salt instead of sugar. Well, it’s easy to guess what day of the year it...

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Shehar Ke Side Effects

Like every other good thing in this world, belonging to a place of historical significance also has its own side effects. I say side effects because the good effects outnumber these effects by a good margin, so they become side effects. And yes there are times when you just...

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You Belong To Your Family Too

he colourful festival of Holi is just around the corner, and all of us who had once taken leave from our humble lives of small towns with great will and determination to make our mark in the glossy world of the metros, are now packing bags to go home...

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Parent Trap

Let’s back up—whisky is the 1.5 year old golden retriever my wife adopted, nursed to health and considers a daughter. I am not an animal person, but I don’t mind dogs either (as long as I don’t have to take care of them, clean up after them etc.). So...

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Goonj: A Voice, An Effort

It wasn’t a usual Saturday morning because my mind wasn’t colluding with my body and conjuring up self satisfactory excuses for staying in my warm bed. Instead, even as I cuddled with my pillow in a half dreamy state, it was wide awake and was trying to kick me...

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Outbreak of Mass Hysteria

1962, in a village of Kashasha, now in Tanzania, formerly in Tangayika, a most curious epidemic occurred, which lasted almost a year. The outbreak was a laughter epidemic, after a small group of students started laughing. More than 1000 students were affected and about 14 schools were shut down.

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When The Child Becomes The Parent

Traditionally, parents are supposed to be the guardians of a child. They have a duty to care for the emotional and physical needs of their child and must ensure that the child's needs are met. But when one parent does not fulfill his or her role, the child steps...

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The Respect That They Deserve

I was flipping through the pastel orange (I am not sure if that’s the right colour) coloured papers of the Economic Times, when I chanced upon a story on Mike Tyson. It was a name that I had heard after a long time. And I suddenly had this strange...

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Power of A Visual

The age old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It has been proven correct over the times, in many different ways. The power of a visual is such that when you look at a visual someplace it usually isn’t there, it makes you think what will...

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Screwed Your CAT? Here Is What You Can Do

Putting an end to months of speculation and anticipation, the much awaited CAT results were finally declared yesterday. While those who emerged victorious with their impressive 90 plus percentiles could see their future shining bright, there were many others whose world came crashing down like a pack of cards....

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Bollywood And Aam Aadmi

It’s only been a couple of weeks that the administration of Delhi was handed over to Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party, but its effect is not restricted to politics. We can see the effect of AAP and its ideologies in every sector of our life, but one...

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“New” Year, Same Things

We humans invented the system of date and time to sort out things, to keep a record of events and plan our lives in a better way. Over time, 1st January has become such an important date that it has affected so many lives, given rise to new brands...

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It All Starts In The family

As we grow older life gets busy, and amidst the constant, relentless and mostly materialistic pursuit, a few moments of laughter and banter with family are our only escape from this madness. Recently it was during one of such delightful moments at home that I got to know about...

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Journey To A Smile

The lush green and sheer beauty of the fields smiled at me invitingly. Green may not be a fiery color compared to its cousin red, but it has the capability to bring a smile on someone’s face. You can never find green in a human demystified zone, but I...

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Lies

I’m on my way.I’ll be there in five minutes.I was just going to call you.I’ll finish this by tomorrow.The cheque is in the mail.I’ll pay you as soon as I have the money.

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Indian Middle Class

It has been a long woven thought in my subconscious mind but it was only when the government of India recently came up with this advertisement flaunting seven new IITs, eight and new IIMs, on television that my thoughts got instigated once again. The very thought of it made...

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PDA Gone Wrong?

Since its launch, nine years ago, the Delhi metro has become an integral part of every Delhiite’s life. It not only makes the city look small, but also brings young hearts closer.

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Jolie Goes Bold Again

In an article titled “My Medical Choice” she explained that she underwent the breast removal procedure because she had a mutated BRCA1 gene. This gene is believed to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Mind Your Language

This is exactly why we need ELT or English Language Training in BPOs. Deny it all you want, but we all have influences of our mother tongue in the way we speak English. And no one, definitely not our humble English teacher from primary and middle schools, is to...

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What Is Economics?

Definitions attempt to settle boundaries of the subject which is almost impossible in this changing world. Many renowned economists have attempted to define the discipline of economics. Every definition, so meticulously prepared and presented, soon become inadequate to fast-expanding field of this all-encompassing subject covering almost every activity...

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Familypreneur!

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” ― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss My four-year-old came back from school and asked me a question yesterday, she asked, “Aap ghar par saara din kya karte ho Mummy?” (what...

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Having Regrets And Dealing With Them

Now that might not hold for our daily actions, but it makes sense when looking at the bigger picture. On a daily basis, we just regret what we said or did, rather than what we didn’t do or say.“Live life with no regrets”- you read about it in books,...

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Remembering What’s Already Been Forgotten

I’ve never really openly discussed these things with anyone, but I’ve always thought that there are certain flashes of memory that you remember and so many other moments that you just don’t. You’ve experienced them, but you just can’t bring them back into mind. The funny thing is that...

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Fad Failure!

Harlem Shake: a crazy internet meme started by five Australian boys dancing on the song called “Harlem Shake” by Baauer. It has nothing to do with the original form of dance and now is a rage among the youth, especially You Tubers. The song starts with a 15 seconds...

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Summer Bummer!

Skin-peeling sun rays and hair-singing winds, the mention of summertime makes you want to take out your handkerchief and fan yourselves. The only time you can step out is either early morning or after 6 p.m. Girls’ hair are automatically tied up, boys’ hair are cut short, and the...

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Red Nose Day: Why Not In India?

On 15th March Red Nose Day is celebrated. This is a day was first introduced in 1988 by Comic Relief, a British charity. This day is celebrated by people wearing red clothes or uniforms and foam red noses in exchange for donations. People engage in funny or entertaining acts...

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The Struggle With Being Motivated

There is a big gap between setting a goal and actually attaining it. First you decide what you want to accomplish, which can take different amount of time for different people. Some people are organised and instantly know what they really want to do; others are more vulnerable to...

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Animal Cruelty!

We talk about human rights and safety. When a man is murdered or treated ill, it makes the news. A person who commits a crime against is considered to be barbaric. After all hurting another living being, how can one let someone get away with that?

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Real vs. Virtual: Me vs. Me

A person goes to a two hour movie to get refreshed and no one can steal those two hours of virtual happiness and imagination from him, provided the movie is good enough. Similarly a person creates an online profile with variety of names ranging from “Neo-The one” to “Being...

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I Am Not A Trophy!

I am a young Indian female trainee journalist, but even then I am expected to look beautiful and attractive under any circumstances. I can’t get tanned even if the mercury rises to say fifty degree Celsius. I need to look traditional in Indian attire, attractive in a western outfit,...

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Summer Stare Down!

With Delhi being rated as the rape capital and the rise of the rape cases, a list of no-no’s is sure be laid out for the girls, this summer. Shorts, skirts, sleeveless, spaghetti-tops, and anything that has been labeled “inappropriate” will be a taboo. Either one’s own discomfort or...

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Wait A Dog-Gone Minute!

The world knows about the relation between India and Pakistan. The strained relationship is due to various conflicts. The smallest of actions are taken in a negative stride on both sides and it affects the attitude of not only the governing bodies but the citizens as well. But the...

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Freedom For Self

The very first word that comes to mind when one thinks about life is freedom, but one doesn’t have time to just get out and grab that freedom for self because each one of us is busy making a life.No one cares to just stop, look and think. What...

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I Wish To Write!

The serenity of the sun set in the black sky makes me feel my presence.Glimmers of radiance remind me about the writers of today’s epoch.Unheard amid the noise of politics, fiction and of course society but potent enough to sway the mindless herd.

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An Ode To The Hero In Olive Greens

One of my fondest memories is of my “maiden voyage” on an airplane as a young soldier. I laugh when I think of the experience now, and every time I narrate this story the audience cracks up in splits.But each time I am left thinking, for a very long...

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Arrey Rama, Arrey Krishna

Religion confuses me and then of course there is also the fear that any related discussion on a public domain might upset a hornet’s nest, no matter how innocent and well- meaning the thoughts and ideas be. Is it better to feel stifled and safe than to speak out...

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A Plea To Education System

It was only recently that I saw one of my cousins studying for his upcoming SSC boards. He was so tensed that my aunt was awfully worried about him. However what shocked me more was that he had got into a habit of murmuring his notes while sleeping, too....

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The Married Couples

According to married couples, the courtship period and the maternity period are the times when love is at its height. Both, the man and his wife, go out of way to keep each other happy and cheerful. One smile from the partner is like a huge return on meager...

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The Youthful Twenties #2

Love is a power packed feeling. And as you grow and move out of your teens, you understand the reality behind the fancy picturization of love songs and reel life in the romantic movies.But this impulse to fall in love is unaffected by all of this and increases as...

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The Tender Teens #1

And without realizing if it shall ever happen in reality we have adapted this as the version of “love” that exists in reality. Love itself would have never known that it would be described so bizarrely. But the fact remains that love is indeed such a beautiful feeling, one...

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It’s Pay-Back Time!

"Why do you want me to get rich?" asked a student at the end of a brain draining session on entrepreneurship."Well, it’s simple. If you get rich, I get rich" replied the venture capitalist in a bemused voice, taken aback by the question.A member of the "eminent panel" of...

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Stifled Creativity

Departing from the grim news, which is a regular from Kashmir, Pragaash, the all-girl rock band, is a first of its kind, and it also serves as a ray of hope for many optimists who wish for emancipation in the state.

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What is Spiritual Intelligence?

The literal meaning of the term quotient is “a degree or amount of a specific quality”. In simple words it is a measure of a particular characteristic. And in the field of Psychology there are two major quotients namely Intelligence Quotient (IQ) which measures rational intelligence and Emotional Quotient...

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As I Remember It

It all started a couple of years ago.It was a bright sunny morning in March.Sitting at the window seat, I could feel the cool breeze. And as we were approaching my school, all the memories flashed in front of me, both good and bad.

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He Introduced Me To Spirituality

“The more we learn, the more we get to know how ignorant we are” - Swami Vivekananda. When I got the opportunity to learn about this great son of India, these were the words that hit me really hard. It was a chilly day in Lucknow in the...

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Adios 2012, Bonjour 2013!

As you read the farewell note to 2012, you are now not only joyful but thankful as well considering we managed to survive the Mayan prophecy. And today, more than ever, we are all ready to leap forward into 2013.

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Gone By And Coming Up

I finished my high school. At first, I couldn’t understand why everybody was getting so emotional about it. We would meet all the time, right? But after attending our after-farewell party, and as with each day we were close to our boards, I finally got it. School was not...

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The Year 2012

It's the year 2013. Finally. It seems like I've been waiting for an eternity for the year to end. But that's not new. I do that every year. Up until a few years back -when I went to college- I pretty much spent my life travelling. So it became...

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Hindsight And Foresight

Nostalgia Relived: The year that started off on a rather melancholic note started its hike upwards in February when a dear friend came to visit from South Africa. Taking her around the city and catching up the good old times was enough to put a smile on my face...

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Farewell 2012, Hello 2013!

It’s been the year of the supposed “doomsday”, a year full of excitement, and one that had its own share of disappointment. Major things took place in every field as they always do. The re-election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America was extremely...

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When You Wish The World Would Really End

People who operate a smartphone and have a Facebook account can be safely put into the category of literate people. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that they know exactly what day, date, month and year it is. Of course, provided they are not suffering from retrograde amnesia....

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Exposing Contemporary Bridal Trends

Every girl dreams of the perfect wedding — every single thing down to the last detail matters to her, from the perfect location, to the perfect guest list, to the most ideal food menu. But what matters above all is her wedding dress. Every bride wants to look her...

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The Lost Identity

For all the things one sees, for all the things one wants, there's always a doubt that creeps in. Exploited by the mediocrity of his thought and a weak desire to stand out of the crowd, one always fails to find his real identity. I often see that...

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The League Of Extraordinary College Dropouts

Back in the days when country music topped the billboard ratings and college degrees awarded the high-end jobs, a few good men stood out to break the Tao of Success. They challenged the shackles of traditional perspectives and opted out of formal education, forming the "League of Extraordinary College...

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What’s With The Winters?

I hereby declare that I am not even remotely suffering from any kind of insanity, I swear. Neither am I personally related to summers, defending the season of superseding sunshine and momentary breeze. But people's obsession with winters surprises me. How on earth does a season of perpetual fog,...

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Boyfriend No More

Yes, the boy who sang Baby. The boy with the haircut; the kind that, if anybody else in the world has a similar haircut, he automatically resembles Bieber and is obliged to say, for the rest of his life, “No, Justin Bieber copied from me!” The boy, who in...

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All Set For Another Marriage, Kim?

A divorce with Kris Humphries has not even been finalised yet, and socialite Kim Kardashian is all set to get married again to her current beau, Kanye West. 72 days! Yes, that's how long Kim Kardashian's marriage lasted to Kris Humpries, which is 16 days less than the time it...

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A Few Words On Losing Someone

Melancholy was a word my grandfather taught me at the age of 13. “The Solitary Reaper”, a poem written by William Wordsworth, was one of his favourites. The poem, when deduced, leaves the reader melancholic, and I remember that the tune of the song lingered even in the poet’s...

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The Equilibrium Of My Life

I was born and brought up in the capital city of India, New Delhi, though my family has its roots in Kolkata. Hailing from an entrepreneurial background, the word “scarcity” had no meaning for me. Besides my “wants”, my “resources” were also “unlimited”.

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New Girl in the City

A wave of fury passed by me as I got the news. I hadn’t made it to my dream college, Delhi School of Economics. I was shattered and smashed to realise that I will have to part ways with my home and head to this deceptive capital, way down...

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Sunburnt!

For the very first time ever, Sunburn, the electro dance music festival that has been creating a rage in Goa every December from 2007, finally decided to come to the capital. Well, the NCR actually. Despite the fact that parking was nothing less than a desert safari where you...

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O Womaniya!

Twenty years of existence. I have been immortal for what a mathematician would calculate out to 7370 days; taking into account five leap years, and two days which this article will take to get published (assuming the editor doesn't send me a "go through it again" mail). That's quite a...

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A Moment of Closure with Desire

Desire is vague and yet so factual. It is all in the mind--- chaos; randomness. The disorderliness that we all interpret as the force that leads us to something. But in the end…we all move for the achievement of a constant: but the only constant of life is death which separates...

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Merchandising for Fashion Enthusiasts

If you were always interested in getting into the fashion circuit but didn’t consider yourself creative enough to be a designer, fret not, because fashion designing is not the only option. Designing is an integral, yet small part of the vast industry that fashion is. Unfortunately, in the country where...

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The Painful Pleasure in the Birth of India

We are all celebrating the 65th Independence Day of India today. Well, not all of us… some are celebrating this pleasant mid-week holiday from hectic weeks by sleeping late, lazing around all day and partying. And some others are working; tired while working on Independence Day, I realize how...

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Meanwhile, Across the Border…

President Zardari invited Aamir Khan, to host a show, based on the format of the much famous and recently concluded, Satyamev Jayate. This show, like its Indian counter-part would delve deep into social issues that are crippling the nation beyond repair. Although Mr. Khan turned down this elusive offer,...

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Joseph Kony: Do You Know Who He Is?

Joseph Kony is currently #1 on the International Criminal Court's Most Wanted list, and was indicted by them in 2005 for crimes against humanity. These include murder, sexual enslavement, and rape, as well as abducting children and forcing them to join his terrorist group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

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