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How To Get The Indian Economy Back On Track
There was a time in 2016 when the Indian economy was growing at over 7 per cent and it was symbolised as a tiger, even if a caged one. It conveyed the strength of an economy raring to go. Now, with the steep fall in GDP growth for five successive qua
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Lessons For ISRO From The Jolt To Chandrayaan-2
The success for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with its second mission to the Moon, called Chandrayaan-2, could not only have been an additional feather in its cap, but actually a very powerful 'statement' about India's technological prowe
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Why The Current Economic Slowdown Is Worse Than That Of 2008
A 5 per cent growth rate translates into about 3.5 per cent growth if we use the old method of GDP calculation. If we take into account population growth, then the growth rate would be even lower. How did we get here and what’s the way out? The ‘S’ w
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Utpal Dutt Today: How Would The Thespian Have Fared In The Age Of Netflix And Chill?
It might have been 26 years since the great Utpal Dutt passed away — yet, in addition to the scores of film afficionados that continue to rediscover him, every year, legions of new admirers join the ever-growing list of the thespian’s fans. It’s inte
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'Tripathi Bach Jayega!' Decoding Pankaj Tripathi And Why India's Drooling Over This Middle-aged Guy
The only thing worth remembering in the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Run (2004) was Vijay Raaz and his impeccable comic timing. ‘Kavwa biryani’ and ‘chhoti Ganga’ have become inside jokes between friends at informal get-togethers. But while Raaz was sur
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India’s Time To Trade Freely: A ‘Free And Open Indo-Pacific’ Is On Its Way, But Is India Ready?
Our country’s increasing importance in the geo-economics of the Indo-Pacific emerges from the very fundamentals presented by its macro-economy marked by a market of 1.35 billion people whose incomes are growing at a rate of 7% to 8% per annum. India’
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Surge Of Nationalism Or Political Promotion: What Is Wrong With Bollywood’s Recent Blockbusters?
Every Independence Day brings to mind images from films over the years that celebrate India and what it means to be free. The most potent of the delivery tools amongst the arts, the film has played a significant role in building up passion for the na
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The Second Time Curse: 'Sacred Games 2' with Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hit by Netflix’s season two syndrome
If you haven’t binge-watched a show while cooking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, have you really binge-watched a show? Well, that’s what I did with Sacred Games 2 from the night of August 15 to the next morning. Eight episodes, each at least 45 to 5
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Mission Mangal Movie Review: 'Mission Mangal' is Mission Accomplished for Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan!
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari Director: Nikhil Advani Hindi/U/2 hours, 13 minutes/Drama Stars: 4 Stars ​There is absolutely no true way of knowing if the Mangalyaan mission that's famed fo
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The Floods Are Your Fault: Why I Think We Are Primarily Responsible For The Devastating Flooding All Around
When the monsoon wrecked my home state, Kerala, in 2018, it was taken as an aberration by nature that rattled its people out of their laidback lives. We considered it a one-off occurrence which we eventually fought and overcame. Although the vestiges
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Tracing The Legacy Of Lord Ram: This Clan Of Jaipur Royals Claims That They Are Descendants Of Kush, The Son Of Ram
While listening to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, the Supreme Court cursorily asked if there were any descendants of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for deity Ram Lalla Virajman, said he was unaware, but a lot
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Remembering Shammi Kapoor, India's answer to Elvis Presley
For the longest time, Shammi Kapoor remained the man who’d boisterously declare his love for Pan Parag — red-lipped from chewing some, dressed in a blue silk kurta and Nehru jacket, with back-brushed slick hair and a bushy beard. “Baratiyon ka swagat
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Batla House Movie Review: With ‘Batla House’, John Abraham Packs A Powerful Patriotic Punch!
Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Abdul Quadir Amin, Manish Chaudhary UA/Hindi/146 minutes/Action-Thriller Director: Nikhil Advani Stars: 3.5 Stars So, Batla House is inspired by real-life events from 2008, when Delhi was shaken by seri
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Because Rakhi Is Not Regressive! An Open Letter To Those Who Think Raksha Bandhan Is Patriarchal And Sexist!
It’s that time of year again when harmless colourful pieces of thread are going to become the symbols of the systematic oppression of women — or, as some liberals might say, the very epitome of all-things-patriarchal. What is it about Raksha Bandhan
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Happy Birthday Sridevi: A homage to Bollywood's fabulous 'Hawa Hawaii'
The last film of Sridevi's I watched before her demise on February 24, 2018, was Ravi Udyawar’s Mom (2017), a rape-and-revenge drama. Seen in the author-backed role of a teacher, who sets out to avenge her stepdaughter’s rape after the accused are le
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13 YO Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna: A Progressive Film With Utterly Regressive Treatment
What does one do when one realises that their husband is cheating on them? Or their wife? After the usual succession of disbelief, heartbreak, anger, resentment and acceptance, the question that pops into the mind is if the love is over? Or better st
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The Original Female Superstar: How Vyjanthimala Danced Into Bollywood, And Made The Industry Dance Around Her
She reigned over Hindi cinema during its golden era. Yes, Vyjayanthimala was the queen of the 1950s and 1960s — especially of the ‘golden 1960s’. From black and white classics to coloured films, she saw it all and brought with her the unique dimensio
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Akshay Kumar, Fair Superstar: Why criticism over 'sexism' in Akshay Kumar’s 'Mission Mangal' is unwarranted
The poster of Mission Mangal faced much criticism on how Akshay Kumar’s image dominated it and raised questions about Bollywood needing a superstar to sell women’s success stories.  Mission Mangal is based on the real-life story of ISRO scientists wh
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Biting India's Economy Hardest: Policy Uncertainty Is Adding Huge Volatility To Already Troubled Sectors
"Economic policy uncertainty also (sic) correlates strongly with the macroeconomic environment, business conditions and other economic variables that affect investment. Surges in economic policy uncertainty increase the systematic risk, and thereby,
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Death Of The Coffee King: Thank You VG Siddhartha For Giving Us CCD, A Home Away From Home
The first Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) outlet opened on Brigade Road, Bangalore, in 1996. It was the year the PV Narasimha Rao government fell and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn in as the Prime Minister. India was in the first flush of an economic reform-dr
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Two Decades On, The Sixth Sense Still Has The Greatest 'Twist'
As The Sixth Sense (1999) celebrates its 20th anniversary, one can safely say that the film’s twist ending that catapulted it to become one of the last great films of the previous century not only continues to pack a punch but also remains unmatched.
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Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: Despite The Zari And Jokes, The Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra Jori Doesn't Work!
Film: Jabariya Jodi Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Aparshakti Khurana, Chandan Roy Sanyal Director: Prashant Singh Hindi; U/A; 2 hours, 5 minutes Stars: 2 Stars “Aise emotion Arijit Singh ko suit kartein hai,
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Lady With A Gun: Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad Teaser Is Bloody Intense, Quite Literally
As the world around appears on fire and the music booms into your ears, she appears almost as a silhouette with a gun — swaying from side to side, splashing water as she steps into the puddles spread around, even as the fire rages on. When a dim lig
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The Adonis Struggler: Three Reasons Why Sidharth Malhotra's Career Is Yet To Take Off
When you learn a new recipe from YouTube and it doesn’t turn out as good as you thought, you have no one to blame. You had all the ingredients, you didn’t get confused between tablespoon and teaspoon — yet, the result is not desirable. This is the ca
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Sara Ali Khan Lugs Her Own Luggage! Why This Shook The Internet
When Sara Ali Khan landed at Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai recently, having completed a shooting schedule in Lucknow, she was seen — get this — pushing a trolley! Now, before you gape at this, let us give you some details. Sara
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25 Years Of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The Film That Gave Salman Khan That ‘Prem’ Tag
Prem, a name that comes with some baggage, was born in Maine Pyar Kiya. Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan created him — a man so good at heart that it pained us to see something terrible befall him. That was in 1989. Five years later, in 1994, with Hum
Daily O3 min readFashion & Beauty
Kim Kardashian Feels Breathless In Her Tight Dress: 3 Lessons To Learn About ‘Looking Good’
We don’t know how to feel good/look good unless the person in front of us compliments us by saying, ‘You're looking good’. In an instant, our mood lightens up. There is a smile suddenly which reaches our eyes. This, precisely, has dominated the fashi
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A Tribute To The King Of Yodeling And Humorous Musical Battles, Kishore Kumar, On His Birth Anniversary
Kishore Kumar was like nobody else — enigmatic, eccentric, matchlessly versatile, he owned one of the best voices music listeners had ever heard. When he sang, his sonorous spontaneity held everybody captive. It still does. Also, a complete natural a
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Not So Masoom: Why Shekhar Kapur's 'Main Bhi Underprivileged' Is Just A Cry For Attention
At the age of 22, he became a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He was a Delhi-bred suave young man — he went to Modern School and studied economics at St Stephen's College. He was bright and his p
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Udta Bollywood: Drugs Or No Drugs, Here’s What Happened At Karan Johar’s Private Party
So, Karan Johar hosted a bunch of his close friends, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar and others, on Saturday night, had a great time and posted a video from the party. In the Mann
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