Dolores O’Riordan – Are You Listening?

Dolores O’Riordan, returns to the music scene after a long hiatus with a sublime solo offering, “Are You Listening?” The Irish songstress is the formerly lead singer of Irish rock band “The Cranberries” which remains fresh in public memory for their early ‘90s hits “Zombie”, “Dreams” and “Linger”, Written...

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Save the Niyamgiri Hills

Dear Friends This is an appeal to all right thinking and environmentally conscious citizens to rally to the cause of saving Niyamgiri Hill, one of the most important biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Ghats of Orissa. The top of this hill is proposed to be mined by Vedanta Alumina Ltd,...

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Justify Justice

The judiciary system of India has for long courted controversies rather than solving them. Its bias towards the rich and the powerful, the celebrities and the MP’s, has put the nation to shame more often than not. The ordinary citizen, who is devoid of money and power, has to...

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Aur Woh . . .

All those looking forward to some marital advice …sorry to dash your hopes guys but you’ll have to look elsewhere. Science fiction freaks please check your imaginations too, cos that Spielberg variety of other is also ruled out…) for all those who have managed to stay with me, the...

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Is Internet Really that Bad???

The recent murder of a 16 year old Mumbai boy, Adnan Patrawala created a stir in the local and national media. Stories of how a social networking site was responsible for killing an innocent teenager were splashes all across the news channels. Debates on whether such sites on internet...

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I-D-ENTITY

”Who are you?” Was the question, with a very simple answer. But as I proceeded to answer the question I was amazed at the rapidity of my answer, and the answer itself… a name, an age, educational qualification and some very monotonous details. As I sat answering the...

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A Cross-Connection of Cultures

Anjan Dutta’s, ‘The Bong Connection’ fits well into the niche carved out for ‘multiplex’ movies. It has a contemporary feel and at the same time, the vital ‘desi’ link. The genre created keeping in mind the urbane that now enjoy watching ‘different’ movies. One of the first cross-over movies...

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University system of education

Oscar Wilde’s famous quote, “The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach” could not have been more apt in the present system of education. In fact, the very usage of the word ‘education’ seems inappropriate! As is often heard, education at...

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Are you losing the bond???

Raksha Bandhan – which means bond of protection in Hindi - is a festival celebrating the family, especially the bond between brother and sister. The tradition is ancient, mentioned in legends and reflected in history. The single most important way of celebrating Raksha Bandhan is by tying the rakhi....

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SENSEX: Indicating or Misguiding?

The term “Sensex” is not as sensational as it seems. It is in fact a mundane reference to The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index. The Sensex is the benchmark for the Indian Stock exchange, which captures the price movement. Theoretically, the rising Sensex is an indicator of economic growth...

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Mobiles – Miracle or Menace

The advancement in technology sector has greatly surpassed the expectation and imagination of an average human mind. While the ‘techies’ are diving deep into the sea of exploration and innovation, the masses are satisfied enough to keep an eye on What’s Next?? The recent outcomes of enthusiastic minds that...

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And the hunt goes on…

Today the country is overflowing with young talent not only in the big cities but even small towns and villages. Rich or poor, literate or illiterate, handsome or ugly…..they have it all…after all The Almighty does not discriminate between his children on these parameters while adding a pinch...

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It is happening!!!

Its finally happening…the proverbial first step in our journey had been taken. Your response, the signing of petitions, forming of communities at various social networking sites, the very unrest that we sense in you, is what comprises a first but firm step forward. We brought you the story of...

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Feminism Misunderstood …

The dictionary defines feminism as advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the social, political and the economic rights of women. As simple as the definition may sound, the truth is that not many of us really understand what it stands for, much less practice...

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WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

It’s the same story everyday. I dread the journey from my house to the local bus stop, out of fear of the hooligans who stare, whistle or at times, break into group songs when my schoolmates and I (all girls) pass by. (What pleasure these perverts derive by...

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INSCRUTABLE AMERICANS

What are the key ingredients of a good read? You might say, a dash of spice, mixed with humor, and seasoned with suspense, toasted with a glass of drama. Well, Anurag Mathur’s ‘The Inscrutable Americans’ is just that kind of book, which one would enjoy at a coffee table,...

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Once upon a time: *gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were morepopular than cricket…*When Chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi kikahaniyaan were so fulfilling…*When we were exchanging comics and stamps, andchacha-chaudaris and billus were our heroes… *When the first rain meant getting drenched and playingin water and mud and making ’kaagaj ki...

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An Antidote to Shyness ?

A whiff of Oxytocin and the anxiety and nervousness you experience when you contemplate going up to your cute colleague, could be a thing of the past. Oxytocin popularly known as the ‘love hormone’ stimulates milk ejection...

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RULE BASED ON IDEOLOGY……RELEVANT?

Many political parties here in india and some abroad have always been ardent followers of what they call their ‘sacred ideology’. Often its on the basis of this ideology that these parties seek votes.The perfect example here is the B.J.P,which has always stuck to its hindutva...

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Priya’s Trial by Ordeal

I read about Priya Aggarwal’s experience or should I say nightmare on Viewspaper site a few days back. I have no words to describe the anger, I felt at the all the people who wronged the students and at all those people who could have done something but chose...

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n7w: THE TAJ VOTE

The Candidature of the Taj in the New7Wonders Contest may have only brewed a minor controversy, but has become a reflection of the eristic attitude of a segment of our society. Ask a random individual on the street whether or not he has voted in the n7w contest...

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American imperialism

Abraham Lincoln’s famous words, “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war...

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Change.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi “If you tremble with indigestion at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine” – CHE GUEVARA Most of you have read the article”Grounded Flight” and another article on the same subject “Clipped Wings”....

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Epic Movie

What happens when you put together Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the Harry Potter film series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, X-Men: The Last Stand, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nacho Libre, Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights, Casino Royale, The...

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Why Boarding School ?

Remember that old cliché in movies where the step-mother deviously plans to send off the children to a boarding school after she is happily married to their rich father? This stereotypical portrayal of a boarding school as an evil unhappy place where children are sent off by seemingly malicious...

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The Weighty Issues in Sports

Following revelations regarding the scarcity of food (created by Robert Mugabe’s new food laws), as encountered by South African cricketers in Bulawayo, a wave of high profile personalities has flocked to Zimbabwe to get a taste of the latest trend in instant weight loss. Yes, that is right- weight...

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Nature & Science

A three pound machine-our human brain-has been trying to invent a machine similar to itself.Something that can talk, walk and act like a human in every sense,even think like a human.To create in the lab something that nature has taken millennia to evolve is more than a pipe dream...

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Don’t end your relationship with a comma!

Sometimes a proper breakup is a necessary evil. It is much better than a relationship left incomplete, a relationship with more questions than answers, a relationship with more semi-colons and commas, a relationship which you still hope to revive. All you ladies and gentlemen out there, who are suffering...

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LEFT IS RIGHT !!!

The left front's decision not to support the Prime Minister in the much talked about Indo-US nuclear deal does not come as a surprise, at-least not to me. But what is astonishing is the resolution of, otherwise ideologically different parties, CPI and CPM to take a common stance on...

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Clipped Wings

As every argument goes the facts must be first established. So here is the story as any ordinary person who reads the newspaper would have seen it. If you unfortunately missed it, please lend an ear. It all started in the summer of 2005, when in February the Supreme...

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Madame President

In what turned out to be the mud slinging presidential polls, Pratibha Patil became the 1st women president of India, in the 60th year of independence, something that even the world super power USA can not boast of yet. Pratibha Patil, the governor of Rajasthan and UPA candidate, won...

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Grounded Flight

“Abhi to meri aasli udan baki hai” My real flight is yet to take off- This is her goal, her life motto. A girl yet to cross the threshold of adulthood. Eyes full of dreams, a heart brimming with aspirations and the aim to reach for the skies. She...

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Tracing Lashkar-e-Toiba

Terrorism has proven to be one of the most imminent threats before nations and governments. Few regions of the world have been left untarnished by violent activities of terrorist groups. The Asian subcontinent has become the hub of several dissident groups, that often...

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Peace Redefined

The time that punctuates war cannot be branded as peace. The signing of documents lined with suspicion does not manufacture peace. The white sheet that conceals pain and misery does not symbolize peace. The quietness that leaves many a grieving cries unheard cannot be mistaken for peace. Peace is not the coward who...

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What Does The Youth Really Care About?

There is a meaning and importunacy in examining weather the youth really care about their society, when we embark on answering what does the youth really care. As far as my understanding is concerned, the youth really care about their community. The action resulting from the genuine care of the...

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A Lost ‘Cult’

There is a standing comedian’s joke which goes like, when our descendants carry out excavations, they would find CDs and mistake them for the plates we ate in. A joke it may be, but it was worth a ‘ponder’. This is one of the less tangible effects of commercialization...

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Beauty – The Beast

Society has always suffered from beauty. Consider the ancient practices of foot binding in China or the stacked brass coils used to distend the necks of Karen women. No, this is not the next episode of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, but the reality of today’s obsession with perfection. We...

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The Plight of Indian Sport

Twenty four years ago, Team India brought pride to an entire nation when it lifted the prestigious Cricket World Cup. Thenceforth, sponsors began to queue, endorsers struggled to cash in and the ball was rolling. Steadily, as the sport transformed into a religion and its players into celebrities ....

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Mission To Mars

In 1993, J. Richard Gott III computed with scientific certainty that humanity would survive at least 5,100 more years. At the time, we took that as reason to relax, but Dr. Gott has now convinced us that we were wrong. He has issued a wake-up call: To ensure our...

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Happy 60th India

It took just 15 minutes. But I knew that for once it was real. What 12 years of schooling and an innate sense of identity couldn’t do, 15 minutes of contemplation did. And in my mind’s eye India came alive. It all started with Ms Pratibha Patil.

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Cause-factor analysis of terrorism

Various causes are responsible for the growth of terrorism. Economic and Political deprivation, social disparity, psychological depression, bankruptcy of creative ideas and misinterpretation of religious codes are the chief causes behind the growth of terrorism. Political Causes It is generally believed that the nature and objectives of terrorism are political....

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Confessions of a Timetable…

Exploring the trends and future prospects of Modern-day Education You can spot me in every classroom. I may be dressed in designer wear (if the Timetable Incharge shows his artistic and creative skills) or in plain & simple attire . . .

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Innovations In Direct Marketing

Building on a one-to-one relationship between the prospective customer and the marketing organization, direct marketing can be regarded a sub-discipline of marketing. The Institute of Direct Marketing defines it as ”The fusion of creative thinking with customer knowledge and the latest technologies to generate customised communications...

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Homosexuality – The Larger Perspective

The debate over Homosexuality is not a debate on the ethics of a society, but is actually a reflection of the society’s moral background. For Homosexuality to gain acceptance in mainstream society, it is necessary for it to be discussed openly. India’s stand on the issue, at present,...

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Ram Jethmalani Uncle hai hai!

Well the title must have left you with one expression…ewww…. what a pain in arse this headline is, similar on the guidelines of not so vibrant ’eunuchs’. But I thought that this is the best way to reflect my opinion — in style. Manu Sharma, Jessica Lal...

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Save Our Daughters

  Bringing up a daughter is like watering a neighbor’s plant” is the cruelest thing I’ve ever heard in my life ever since I was born, I strongly feel that women remain unwanted and continue to be hated and undervalued in this country. So even if some parts of India...

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More Smiles Per Hour

Couple of days back, I learnt the supremacy and mesmerizing power of a smile. A motorcyclist hit me from the back and I was knocked on the road. Slightly was aching my right leg– but it was alright. However I was fuming, so was the rider, I presumed. I...

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Rich Cities, Poor Cities

“We pulled up, forty minutes later, outside the slum in Cuffe Parade, beside the World Trade center. The contrast between the adjacent and roughly equal plots of land was stark. To the right, looking from the road, the World Trade Center was a huge, modern, air-conditioned building. It was...

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The leaders of India

India - the world’s largest democracy... 60 years, since the dream of a secular, independent, democratic republic came into being and it is perhaps of supreme importance that as we look back at what we have accomplished and look hopefully forward at a prosperous future, that we look...

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Sports Economy

There is a clear need for understanding the nature of the sports economy and its value to the economy as a whole. Sport has been a major source of revenue for the economy of several countries, and the sports economy that supports sustainable development. A unique aspect is that...

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Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is undoubtedly a masterpiece.The main character of the story is Hester Pryne ; a young woman who has borne an illegitimate child.Hester believes herself a widow but her husband,Roger Chillingworth returns to New England very much alive and conceals . . .

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Abortion: rights and privacy

The abortion debate deals with the rights and wrongs of deliberately ending a pregnancy before normal childbirth, killing the fetus in the process. Abortion is a very painful topic for women and men who find themselves facing the moral dilemma of whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. It’s...

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The Red Devils – a football league apart

For those who are not in sync with the soccer world, RED DEVILS is the epithet used for one of Europe’s premier football clubs- MANCHESTER UNITED (based in England). To many of the club’s fanatic supporters including yours truly, the name “MANCHESTER UNITED” in it self evokes a sense...

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An eye-opening visit to a Village

I visited the Kanhai village for two continuous days. The village is near the Sushant Lok township in Gurgaon. The village has a population of about 500 people. Most of the residents are employed as wage laborers in several companies around the city. Some of them work as gardeners,...

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Dilli door nest

Bureaucratic ploys of Indian and Pakistani diplomats might consecrate each country resulting into biasness and hallucination amongst their masses to consider the “other” country lacking diversity? But music plays pivotal role in the precedence for lessening the geo-political dithering all around. Pakistani ghazal singer Gulshan Ara Syed is an...

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Playing rugby on the fast lane?

My dad tells me of his days when his dad gave him Rs. 5 for catching public transport to his college and to return back. He told me he never spent the money on the conveyance and went walking. Part of the reason would have been that he would...

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Climate Change : The Financial Connection

As Climate Change threatens humanity with dire consequences like Global Warming and haphazard rainfall patterns, world policy makers at the United Nations adopt a remedial approach that the common man would honour: monetary gain.The Kyoto Protocol, an amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aims at...

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The brand called SPORT

Impossible is Nothing..I am what I am..Just do it..Not only do these lines rule the commercials on television but also speak volumes about an attitude. An attitude that is loaded with energy. Energy to excel. Excel in the most demanding exercise of physical strain. Excel in the world of...

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Evolving Organs of Peacekeeping

History of man is the history of an endless struggle for durable peace and security. Man has tenaciously grappled with the fear of war. The destruction and devastation that war brings with it are followed by attempts to heal the wounds it has left behind. The destruction brought about...

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Mahatma v/s Gandhi (My Father)

“The greatest regret of my life…Two people I could never convince –My Muslim friend Mohammed Ali Jinnah andMy own son Harilal Gandhi.” This line summarizes portrayal of the troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son Harilal Gandhi in the film- Gandhi My Father . . .

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Have a Right to Take Your Life?

Literally, this holds true for a patient in the advanced stage of Rabies, one who desperately seeks at least a sip of water but cannot have it. The moment he consumes it, he gets spasms and convulsions all over in his body (because of hydrophobia).

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Are BPOs That Bad ?

A Youngster’s Answers from Personal ExperienceStrangely enough, the word BPO evokes in us extreme emotions. There are those who swear by it and those who condemn it to no end.The reasons range from a horde of misconceptions to some stark reality bites. The archaic purists are perturbed by the...

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Crickey – A Colonial Legacy

'Many Continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game’-George mikes When English colonialism swept the Asian and African countries, it had multiple implications. The English carried with them their culture, ethos and lifestyle along with ambition to establish their hegemony in...

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The Symptom of Development

It has intrigued me for long enough to merit an article. I wish to explore choice as a means as well as a symptom of development. To my mind the term ‘development’ is a fascinating one. The literature available on the subject is intimidating, because in itself it embodies...

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Beware of the the “killer fats”

Cribbing that your 11-year-old is having an obscene amountof junk food from the latest fast food joint? Obesity might be your biggestnightmare. But hold on, there’s a bigger threat waiting for you in the wings.Not just present in fast food items, but in packaged & food items of thatamiable...

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A Cinderella Story

Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived a young girl called Cinderella. Her father had died when she was quite young. She lived with her step mother and two step-sisters, who weren‚t particularly fond of her. Her step-mother wasn‚t motherly and she had more of a...

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Jesus Lived In India

Just like anybody else in the world The Da vinci Code was a book that left me speechless. It was possibly one of the most interesting and astonishing books that i had ever read. However last week i found something that was better. Strangely the subject matter for the...

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The ‘carbon-offsetting’ question

Environmentalists and scientists have time and again issued various warnings of the grave environmental perils that our planet will potentially face because of long-term changes in climatic patterns known as global climate changes. Global climatic changes occur due to a number of reasons, however an issue which has...

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Capital Punishment – Is it Wrong?

The recent awarding of death penalty to Yakub Memon In the 1993 Mumbai Blasts case has once again brought to fore the question of ‘capital punishment’. The Indian state has provided for capital punishment in the Indian Penal Code which states that it is awarded in cases of murder...

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Express Yourself – Come share your thoughts

The concept of Viewspaper draws inspiration from a fundamental right that we have all been accorded, the right to freedom of expression. It is a reiteration of the belief that the youth’s voice is special and that it deserves to be heard. Think for yourself? Think beyond yourself? ...

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Tata’s Jaguar

Last week, the house of Tata’s announced its intention of acquiring Jaguar and Land Rover.  The timing was very auspicious because the announcement came with the Indian Independence day around the corner.  With this one move Tata Motors could become an extremely prominent player in the world automobile market.  With...

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Satyagraha 9/11

World over when we talk of 9/11 it is about the biggest terrorist attack in modern times. It is the day when Al Qaida rammed two commercial airlines into the twin towers of World Trade Center in New York.  This one event changed the World for ever.  Today we have...

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I wish BJP was a Hindu party

Over the last few months scores of articles have been written about the problems in the BJP and the sangh parivar and the debate about returning to core values of Hindutva. The very term Hindutva has been used to avoid calling itself a Hindu party. The RSS and the...

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Is Doping a problem in Sports?

The personnel of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) must be familiar with the story of Don Quixote. Efforts to eradicate the use of doping in elite sports have been discredited as a losing battle so many times it is all but impossible to believe in an ultimate victory against...

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GLOBAL WARMING: a holocaust in the making

For the still ignorant, this would be an obnoxious fact to come to terms with “hotter temperatures and frequent rises in sea level would continue to be a recurring phenomenon for several centuries despite all efforts to contain pollution on a world wide scale.” And the above statement is...

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Transgender Translations

Education is a privilege. It opens our mind to new avenues. My college experience offered me an experience that helped me confront an issue that is considered a taboo in our society. I got the opportunity to interact with the mother of a transgender child. Kia’s (name changed) first...

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Demystifying Delusions

Exploring the Truth using tools of Economics Have you ever wondered as to how a technological advancement can actually make farmers worse off? Cultivating the habit to save is good (remember the latest Bollywood flick “Tara Rum Pum” which prophesied the idea) but, what if all people start saving? OR, if...

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KNOW AIDS FOR NO AIDS!

The Sharmas are watching ‘Cyber world’ on television; their PC has been hit by a virus and they are looking for the possible solutions. During a set of commercials comes the ‘AIDS Awareness’ advertisement which, as a matter of fact, talks about safe sex and condoms. There is an...

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Soccer

’I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George Ndah had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.’ - Ade Akinbiyi Soccer! Soccer! What’s...

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WIMBLEDON: KNOW YOUR GRAND SLAM HISTORY

Wimbledon has always been a game of the champions. With another set of records been recently made the already existing rich history has become richer in all aspects.The beginning of this major tournament was as interesting as the life of the champions it has borne over the years.

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CRICKET = CRAZE

Every Indian eats,drinks and sleeps cricket. Yes,it is the religion of every Indian. It is good to be sporty but harmful to be obsessed with a sport. The lines below will focus on how an obesession for a sport can be dangerous to an individual, to the society and...

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A Family – Us and Them

Family has always been regarded as the most precious possession by all human beings. Family has always been the backbone of a person. It has received worthy attention in all forms of literature and religion. Hinduism defines family as an ‘illusion’ (samsara maya), explaining that it is a coming...

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Ocean’s Thirteen

Put in very simple words Ocean’s Thirteen redefines cool and classy once more .It’s flashy, it’s star filled, it’s humorous and it’s entertaining. The dialogues are snappy, the tone dry, the suits sleek. The slick cinematography and the tasteful background score that makes Las Vegas a swanky, dreamlike planet...

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED!!!!

Remember Kavya Vishwanathan? The 18 year old undergraduate of Harvard University who with her plagiarized novel ”How Opal Mehta Got Kissed,Got Wild and Got a Life” had her moment of fame.Only a moment of fame but years of defamation and disrepute! When her offence came into light, not only...

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ANONYMOUS WRITERS

There is a certain romance, an air of mystery that surrounds the ‘anonymous author’, almost akin to that felt when one stands before the flame dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. What is it about the ‘A’ word that arouses the tinge of dissatisfaction that it does. The lack of...

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Anyone who read and came to identify with ”The Kite Runner”, Hosseini’s first, should be more than satisfied with this follow-up. Hosseini excels at telling a certain kind of story, in which events like violence, misery and abuse that may seem unbearable are made readable. Fuelled by the same...

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The Jama Masjid Experience

Dialogue with the ImamAt the onset I must admit that I had to muster a lot of courage for assignment as I zeroed on to interview the shahi Imam of Jama masjid of chandini chowk, a meeting arranged by the grand daughter of Imam and a close friend. A...

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