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Daily Recco, December 16: Remembering the heroes of 1971
On the day when India celebrates Vijay Diwas to mark its victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, it is also the day to remember with gratitude the soldiers of the Indian Army who stayed on in Pakistan, on the other side of the bo
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Usha Mangeshkar: The Voice Of Goddess And Poor Man's Lata
I was preparing for my UPSC exams one evening in early 1981 in my room (I was staying with my uncle those days), when I heard a man shout excitedly from the square below (these were government quarters) – “Mata chadh gayi, Mata chadh gayi”. In no tim
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Daily Recco, December 11: Love Letters Of Love, Loss And Healing
Love, they say, is a process. In her Grammy’s nominated album — Love Letters — sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar lays bare the details of the process. The process has several stages, according to Anoushka. The first step is falling in love.
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How Tweaking The IT Act Will Help Drive Tourism To J&K, Ladakh And North East
Any salaried person in India is familiar with the concept of income tax and the Income Tax Act (IT Act). The Act is a comprehensive statute of the different regulations that govern taxation in India. Currently, the Act gives a two-year Leave Travel A
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For Bollywood, How 2020 Was About Surviving The Bad To Bring Home The Good
Like a dystopian thriller, 2020 has thrown up twists that nobody saw coming. Who, for instance, could have imagined a pandemic that would shut theatres, stop film shoots, jeopardise post-production schedules, bring down lavishly and lovingly made set
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The Magic Of Farida Khanum, The Queen Of Ghazal
Sometimes a creation becomes bigger than its creator. In this case, two creators — Sohail Rana and Fayyaz Hashmi. Sohail Rana is the Pakistani film music director par excellence, composer of Mehdi Hassan’s inarguably best Pakistani film song — Mujhe
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50 Years Of The Beatles Split: Why Even The Gods Couldn't Prevent It
Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Rishikesh (Lord of the Senses) before Raibhya Rishi because of the Rishi’s penance, giving the holy town its name. Who would have known that the Preserver and Protector of the Universe would be helpless in preservi
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Daily Recco, November 16: A life-changing trip with Apu
What can you write about The Apu Trilogy that hasn't already been written? Or discussed, in detail, in many a place from drawing rooms to decked-up film festivals? Probably nothing. But we will still go back to Apu today because even though we had to
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Bryan Adams: The Mournful Romantic
What happens when the cowriters of one of the most successful songs differ in its interpretation? What happens when all this while families have been singing along with it when it plays on the car radio? And it has played a lot, and still does! The s
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Daily Recco, November 3: Axone, And The Pungent Message Of Racism
When you live away from your homeland, to what extent will you go to have your favourite food that connects you back home? That forms the storyline of Axone: A Recipe for Disaster (2019). A group of friends who are from the Northeast living in Delhi,
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Daily Recco, October 29: The real Beasts of No Nation
Is it possible to find beauty in pain and love in the horrors of war? Is it possible for a preteen or a young teenager to be a seasoned soldier with no mercy, yet so vulnerable that he fears his schoolteacher might see him as a “beast”? Beasts of No
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Remembering Manna Dey: The Classical Titan Who Deserved Better
Mohammed Rafi, THE singer, had this say about Manna Dey: “You listen to my songs, I listen only to Manna Dey's songs.” Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar is a Dey fan. It is, therefore, a mystery why this singing giant remained throughout his career as an
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Daily Recco, October 22: Uncut Gems, priceless
Imagine you want something so bad that you put in every bit of your effort in trying to acquire it. Nothing is too big a price to pay for it. After all, the stakes are as high. You risk losing everything you have if you fail to obtain this object — y
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Daily Recco, October 19: Madonna's Ray Of Light At The End Of The Dark Tunnel
These days most of us need our daily dose of introspection and spirituality to cope with the trying times. Considering music in itself is therapeutic, what better could be than the music that helps you introspect and connect with your spiritual self?
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Bollywood Movies, Censor Board, And The Curious Case Of Deleted Songs
Remember Aati Kya Khandala from Ghulam (1998), sung by Aamir Khan himself? The song, penned by Nitin Raikwar, drew the ire of lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri. At a function to honour Talat Mehmood, he flogged the lyrics as the “prostitution of the pen”.
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Daily Recco, October 15: Chhichhore Brings Back Oodles Of Nostalgia
The year 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives that we took for granted earlier. Going to the movies, for instance. With the restriction on movie theatres spanning over six months, the government has allowed the theatre
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Daily Recco, October 8: Kind Of Blue Is A Testament To Timeless Music
Music, they say, is food for the soul. It transverses beyond the barriers of language, geography and every other barrier that humankind could create. Some forms of music also break the barrier of time. One such album that transverses the boundaries o
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Daily Recco, October 7: Spotlight On The Society We Live In
Sexual violence, especially against minors, is one of the most disturbing news articles that you might read. Sometimes, you may opt to give that news item a miss while scrolling through the news feed on your phone or reading the newspaper. But have y
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Remembering Jagjit Singh: The Singer Who Made Ghazals Accessible To Everyone
I saw his work ethic up close. My maternal uncle, Late Satish Bhatia, retired chief producer (Light Music), All India Radio, Delhi, and music director, had composed the music of a TV serial called Apna Apna Aasmaan which was to air on Doordarshan in
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Vodafone, Cairn Cases: Why It Is Time For India To Re-look At Its Retro Tax
All investors, particularly overseas ones, expect the certainty of a stable tax regime. Overseas businesses tend not to anticipate that key rules of the game would be changed drastically after their investments have been made. From 2012 onwards, the
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Happy Birthday, Sting: Every Song You Make, We'll Be Listening To You
“Every breath you take and every move you make, Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you.” In May 2019, this song was recognised by Broadcast Music. Inc (a leader in music rights management) as being the most played song in ra
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Daily Recco, September 28: Kumbalangi Nights, a cinematic gem
If you are an avid cinema-goer, you will be able to appreciate the fact that once in every while there comes a film that makes you fall in love with it. An unadulterated love for every aspect of the film — the story, characters (the protagonists and
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How To Pull The Economy Out Of The Covid-19 Pit
The pandemic has changed the lives of 7.8 billion people in the world, prompting nations and people to start rethinking about the new normal of life. The world faces a severe public health crisis of Covid-19 pandemic along with various socio-economic
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Farewell SP Balasubrahmanyam: The Ever-smiling Face And Emotive Voice
For many, it was news that they were dreading for weeks. So, it was no sudden shocker. But the magnitude of it was no less. “SPB no more,” said a message on the journos WhatsApp group. And then confirmation started pouring in. The ever-smiling golden
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Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen: Hero Of The Working Class
I have seen rock concerts at renowned venues all over the world – Madison Square Garden (New York), Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Apollo (London), the forecourt of the Chateau de Versailles, Palais des Congres de Paris, Zenith (Paris)
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How Western Music Covers Have Yielded To A Fertile, Original Indie Music Scene In India
I heard a band play English music live for the first time in Chandigarh in the late 1960s. I was 12 years old. My father was posted there as an Air Force Squadron Commander. The band consisted of airmen — all Christians (of whom some were Anglo-India
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Roger Waters: The Septuagenarian Firebrand
“Time is linear Memory is a stranger History is for fools Man is a tool in the hands Of the great God Almighty And they gave him command Of a nuclear submarine And sent him back in search of The Garden of Eden”. Such imagery, while critiquing our min
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How Economic Activities Centred On Compassion Can Triumph Over Catastrophes
For us, the millennials, the two ends of our present lives are separated by years that not only formed the contours of our physical and mental being, but also fashioned something that typifies our behaviour — a market. The gulf between the pre-libera
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How To Cure An Economy That Is Sick
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit India this summer, the government faced a tough choice: lives over livelihoods. It opted, apparently, for saving lives when it imposed a harsh, unprecedented, four-phase. lockdown lasting till May 31, the benefits of wh
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How Rafi, Asha And Other Playback Singers Of 50s And 60s Sang Jingles Too
“Little Tommy Tucker sings for his supper, What shall we give him? White bread and butter”. Many musicians who made it big in Bollywood started out as advertisement jingle artists before their talent was recognised and they were given a movie break,
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