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Why We Must Tell Our Sons That Our Daughters Need To Be Loved, Not Protected
All my life I’ve had people talk to me about their issues, confide in me about their dilemmas and confusions, open up about their pain and suffering, and quietly listen when I offer advice, or add things that I’ve learnt over a period of time, fumbli
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Be It Allahabad Or Prayagraj: Why A Typical Illahabadi Won’t Be Bothered At All
Allahabad, my hometown, has been renamed Prayagraj. On hearing the news, the first thing I did was to rename myself. Henceforth, and to whomsoever it might concern, I will be known as Prayag Raj Malhotra. Changing the names of roads, cities and marke
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How Things Are Getting 'Ugly' For Phantom Even After It Has Been Dissolved
Phantom has been dissolved but the problems for its four partners, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl, are showing no signs of ebbing away. The 2015 incident where a female employee alleged that Bahl sexually harassed
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Allahabad Becomes Prayagraj: No, Akbar Did Not Rename Prayag. He Built A New City Called Ilahbas
On Akbar’s birth anniversary on October 15, 2018, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, declared that the name of the city of Allahabad would be changed to Prayagraj. My first thought was — ‘why not Prayag?’ Prayag is the name mentioned in the Ve
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#MovieReview: Badhaai Ho Un-romanticises ‘Maa’ And ‘Baba’ And Knocks Them Off The Pedestal
It was one of those long summer days. The only thing that gets you through it is the hope of a torrential downpour at night. Jeetender Kaushik looked up at the overcast sky on his way back home and said to himself, “Aaj baarish hogi.” He and his wife
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Rising Fuel Prices: Why India Is Paying The Price For Its Irrational Energy Tax Policy
The government's headline-grabbing benevolence of up to Rs 2.50 per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices couldn't sustain even for two weeks as diesel prices hit another lifetime high on October 16. The boiling crude and plummeting rupee has sucked
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Why 'The Haunting Of The Hill House' Is Netflix’s Best Horror Show Till Date
Yes, indeed. I too have lost my sleep over the first spectral appearance in The Haunting of the Hill House. It is Netflix’s most well-done horror show till date (spoilers ahead!) and I am sure most critics somewhat agree on this. Early on, we get to
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Why Bollywood Needs To Make More Thrillers Like Andhadhun
Bollywood makes romances, action films, period dramas and comedies. It often makes films that combine romance, action and comedy. From time to time, it also makes mysteries, horror films and thrillers. Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun is the latest thrill
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Corsair HS70 SE Review: The Near-perfect Wireless Gaming Headset For PC And PS4
The video game industry has emerged as one of the biggest money spinners in the past few years. In 2017 we had a whopping $137.9 billion spent on games alone. Yet, despite the high spending on games, a fraction of gamers ever invest in gaming-centric
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What India Must Do To Bridge Income Inequality
How can ‘Good Capitalism’ bridge India’s inequality gap? While the rise of the super rich as released in three reports of 2018 reflects a vibrant Indian economy where the spread of capitalism is unstoppable, we must work towards a more equitable and
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Samsung Galaxy A7 Review: Three Cameras And Premium Looks. But Will This Be Enough?
Just when it looked like smartphone manufacturers had left the mindless megapixel race behind, and finally started looking at larger, more light-sensitive sensors – and software optimisations – the industry now appears to be heading towards a sensor
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Why The Stock Markets Are On A Roller-coaster Ride
The Indian stock markets have been on a roller-coaster ride of late, with big swings in sentiments, creating big losses to investors on one day, and giving big gains on another. For instance, in the week that has gone by, the Bombay Stock Exchange be
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Why Hema Malini is Bollywood's quintessential 'Dream Girl'
Although October 16 this year is Hema Malini’s 70th birthday, October 2018 is rather special in her life as it also marks half a century of her journey as the film industry’s “Dream Girl” –  a name she was given in 1968 when she made her debut in Bol
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Numbers Don't Lie: PM Modi's Rule Has Been Unremarkable In Economic Performance
Former US President Bill Clinton will be remembered for more than his salacious affair with an intern, Monica Lewinsky; his most memorable quote being: “It’s the economy, stupid!” With that one pugilistic blow, Clinton compressed all-future elections
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How Jack Ryan And Condor Show The Evolution Of Spies On TV
In the seminal classic The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John Le Carré wrote agents weren’t aeroplanes that kept a schedule. Today, spies might still not stick to a time-table but human intelligence (HUMINT) is getting overshadowed by secret informa
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Was Mr Darcy The Original Negger? No, But Pride And Prejudice Has Been A Victim Of Negging
It is a truth universally acknowledged that “edgy intellectuals” dislike Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice, her lightest, brightest and most sparkling novel, which, to some evolved minds, has a distastefully happy ending. One of the reasons
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Scared Games: Why Netflix Discontinuing Sacred Games Over Varun Grover Allegations Is Wrong
Some time earlier this year, Kevin Spacey’s House Of Cards came crumbling down when he was accused of sexual harassment. In the wake of the #MeToo movement that hit Hollywood, Kevin, along with Harvey Weinstein, was blown off like a twig in a storm.
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Why The Google Pixel 3 And 3 XL Are Good, Not Great
At a glittering event in New York, tech giant Google announced a host of devices, including a new Chromecast, Pixel Slate and a Home Hub to help you control the army of smart devices that surround us today. Yet, all these were overshadowed by the ann
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Netflix’s Maniac: In An Eerie, Quixotic Tale Of Mental Illness, A Message Of Hope
When Cervantes wrote what is considered the most modern novel of all time, Don Quixote (1615), he had confessed Quixote’s insanity right at the onset of his work. The scene where Quixote perceives windmills as gigantic monsters is a case in point; th
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Ten Big Life Lessons From Big B
1) Amitabh Bachchan has given us the finest lesson on Evolution! From the time he bell-bottomed his way in and kicked open the doors through the time clad in pajama-kurta he gave meditated, measured performances — never overboard, loud or overbearing
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Why The Biggest Threat To Tesla Is Elon Musk Himself
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is living proof that genius brings with itself a whole set of problems. Musk, who has been behind several successful ventures, and is currently mankind's best bet of reaching Mars and making the transition to using clean energy,
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Sanskaar, Rape, Revenge And Alok Nath
Picture a film set — actors in costume rehearsing their lines one final time as make-up dadas brush their faces with a powder puff, the cameraman taking his position, checking the frame and the light, as everyone waits for instructions from the one o
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Why We Must Not Give Up On Our Local Bookshops
I was probably eight or nine years old in the mid-90s, and a loyal reader and admirer of the Phantom and Tarzan comic strips, which were published in the local dailies at that time. But I must have gotten bored of the narratives at one point, which i
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Pixel 3, Home Hub, Refreshed Chromecast And More: Five Things You Can Expect From Google's October 9 Event
For the past couple of years, Google has been trying to position Pixel phones as the holy grail for not just Android enthusiasts, but even the average users amongst us. And, to be honest, it has managed to make some progress in this regard. Last year
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Of Bisons, Rappers And Gujju Boys: Tales From Arunachal's Ziro Festival
I am going to the Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh. It takes some doing to get there: a flight from Delhi to Guwahati, an overnight train to Naharlagun (Itanagar), and then six hours by road to the lush valley. The trippy vibes kick in at
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Understanding The Politics Of Fuel Price
Recently, the BJP government announced a Rs 2.50 per litre reduction in prices of petrol and diesel. Some 12 BJP-ruled states, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat, apart from poll-bound MP and Chhattisgarh, also reduced VAT, which res
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With Andhadhun, Sriram Raghavan Reaffirms His Position As Bollywood’s Master Of The Thriller
Writer-director Sriram Raghavan has already proved he knows how to spin a thriller (Johnny Gaddaar). With Andhadhun, he has made one that is constantly on the move, swerving with twists and turns, full of shocks and quirks to keep viewers intrigued a
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Little Things: Love, Reality And Chill In The Time Of Netflix
The adventures of Dhruv and Kavya, the couple of Little Things, continues on Netflix. In season two, Dhruv Sehgal, who plays Dhruv, and is also the writer of the web series, moves on from the honeymoon period in the couple’s life to a more intense on
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#MovieReview: LoveYatri Is A Journey To The Death Of Cinema
Salman Khan fans, brace yourself. Bhaijaan of Maine Pyaar Kiya has reincarnated as Aayush Sharma of LoveYatri, and how. The only thing that sets Aayush's Sushrut (Susu, yeah, that's short for Sushrut, a Garba teacher) and Salman's Prem apart is the t
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Why Arun Jaitley's Fuel Price Cut Is Bad Economics
Barely few months ago, oil and finance ministry vehemently argued against any excise duty cut in fuel because it was not fiscally wise. They wanted states to take the lead. In fact, in an interview to India Today, petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradh
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