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ICICI banking...Shoddy banking

You would have thought that after the privatisation of banks in India, we would say goodbye to those long, sweaty queues under a fan that co...

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'The Road': The last gasps of humanity

Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a book you just cannot take at face value. Simply put, it's plot describes a man and his son trudging...

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Way to go, Team India!

I am not about to forget the gripping, nail-biting final cricket match played yesterday between India and Pakistan at the Twenty20 World Cup...

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'King of Bollywood': The emergence of a star and a global phenomenon

I consciously avoided Anupama Chopra's book on Shah Rukh Khan, ' King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian...

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'Chak de India': Makes you feel good

Ah, I can't seem to avoid the India theme for the past few posts. But believe me, it's unavoidable. After watching Chak De India I ...

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No silence please, we're Indians!

Indians have always been averse to silence. No wait, that's an understatement...they have a morbid fear of it! Put two Indians together ...

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Ten reasons I am proud to be an Indian

I admit that I am prone to be negative and critical when it comes to my country. So, for a change, on the occasion of Independence Day, I wi...

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At your own risk...

When you step out of your home in Delhi, do so at your own risk. Everyday, at least one person dies under the wheels of a private bus on Del...

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Waterways of Delhi

One night of blissful, hearty rain in Delhi, and what do you wake up to? A mock flood, that's what. And I use the word 'mock' be...

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Capital in chaos

For the past few days, regular Delhi-ites (not the high-flyer variety) are in deep muck, because of the government's inability to provid...

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' A Thousand Splendid Suns': That which is behind the veil

When the much-televised reign of Taliban in Afghanistan was beamed into our homes, did it ever occur to you what was inside the figures blan...

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Independent Indian woman...where?

After almost sixty years of India's independence, how independent are its women really? You could say that women are much more liberated...

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Where are the real Gandhis?

Ramchandra Gandhi, a philosophy professor at St Stephens in Delhi University, University of Southampton in England and two other institution...

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Indian democracy: Anything but equal

In George Orwell's futuristic book 1984 , the citizens of Oceania do not even know what their identity is. They do not differentiate amo...

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An age has dawned...

An age has dawned upon us, Where darkness flows in every crevice, And none but the blind can lead us to light. An age has dawned upon us, W...

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Judicial interruption

It does seem like our country is being ruled by courts nowadays, instead of the government. It's not a bad idea, of course, when the cou...

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'Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?': Wounds that refuse to heal

There are many incidents in Indian history that we would just like to forget. Anita Rau Badami, in her book Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?...

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In the end, what really matters?

I have been observing something in the people around me (including myself) for quite some time now. People are trying to outdo themselves. T...

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'Life in a...Metro': No surpises here!

Life in a...Metro is a movie that is so obvious in the emerging India, that nothing about it surprises...or shocks. Director Anurag Basu ha...

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'My Name is Red': The passion of the brush

Pamuk is an intense writer, so much so that you begin to live the experiences of his characters. You enter his world which is passionate and...

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Aurangzeb: A play about the zealous Mughal

Natwa Theatre brought us a theatrical performance entitled Aurangzeb, here in New Delhi yesterday. What is interesting is that the play was...

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Missing the point

An excellent article by Tavleen Singh ( The case of the kiss , The Indian Express , April 29) talks about how flawed our idea of Indian cult...

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Small minds...big pressure

I chanced upon this really sarcastically funny comic called 'Moderately Confused' by Jeff Stahler on Comics.com (that's what I r...

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'City of Djinns': A mesmerising performance

I admit, I had my reservations about how William Dalrymple's City of Djinns would be adapted to a theatrical performance. Since it is o...

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Hands up! It's the traffic police

If you happen to visit Delhi any one of these days (unless you stay here), you will be surprised at the vigilance and zeal of the Delhi Tra...

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Banning sex or education?

The ban on sex education in schools by the state governments of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat is to my mind equivalent of shooting...

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'One Hundred Years of Solitude':

Gabriel García Márquez creates a new dimension in One Hundred Years of Solitude which is where past, present and future merge. It is where ...

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The Forgotten: Victims united in suffering, neglect

I had written earlier about how the compensation announced for Gujarat's riot victims is inadequate. In a follow-up to that story, The ...

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'The Namesake': More than a name

When I went to watch The Namesake , I had no presumptions. I hadn't read the book by Jhumpa Lahiri on which it is based either. That'...

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Blogs on way out? You've got to be kidding!

A funny guy named Tony Allen-Mills has written on Times Online that blogging may be "destined to become a footnote in the history of c...

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Riot victims or political pawns?

The present Indian government seems to have developed a certain sympathy for the riot victims of 2002 in Gujarat. The Indian Express report...

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Sights and sounds of Mumbai

Though I was born in Mumbai, I have hardly spent time in the city because I left it when I was only three. Still, the images and smells o...

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Ghalib descends in Nai Dilli!

I have often wondered how the stalwarts of Urdu poetry would have reacted to the gaana-bajaana to today. While these musings often go unful...

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New-age mouse trap? Not really!

I am one of those new media junkies sociologists worry about. It is only recently that I have noticed this tendency in myself. I am more com...

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Getting married? Mind your money

Wedding services will now be taxed, as a result of the Union Budget. A report in Mint (yes, I finally got it ) states that a service tax of...

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'The Inheritance of Loss': How many Indias do you know?

Imagery plays a big role in Kiran Desai's book, unfolding each scene before your eyes like a holographic image. You can feel the wet mi...

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