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Poet Kabir Das Was The Original Insta Poet And You Cannot Tell Me Otherwise
Whether you read about him in your school textbooks or remember your parents/grandparents nagging you with the good ol’ Every good little Indian kid has their own memory surrounding Sant Kabir Das and his writings. Although he was a writer du jour, h
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For Want Of Leila, The Plot Was Lost!
Seldom do you find a show whose star cast makes you nostalgic. I can’t remember the last time I saw the dapper Rahul Khanna on screen — he’s only all over my Insta feed, fashion pages in glossies, or hosting most-coveted style awards. Netflix’s Leila
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Why Pakistani Film 'Cake' Reminded Me Of 'The God Of Small Things'
“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. Th
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Fathers' Day, Fathers' Way: Why 'No Fathers In Kashmir' Made Me Think Not Of Politics But Simply Of My Dad's Love
Amidst election season, when actor Soni Razdan was promoting No Fathers in Kashmir, fellow actor Kangana Ranaut was busy launching a tirade against Razdan’s daughter, Alia Bhatt, on Bollywood's now-famous nepotism and insider games. Much of Razdan’s
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To Eat Like A Glittering Royal: A Mansion In Vadodara Now Serves Authentic Regal Maratha Delicacies
The royals of India have always intrigued people and their lifestyle, fashion and food have always fascinated. When one thinks of the royals of India, one thinks of style, luxury and show, palaces — and great food. Earlier, these things could only be
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Not More Kabir Singh Or Arjun Reddy! I Want An 'Angry Young Woman' In Indian Cinema Now!
A man with severe anger management issues, a serious drug and alcohol addiction problem and an outright arrogant human being, but with a heart of gold — Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh is everything Bollywood, pop culture and literature at large has alwa
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Bharat Bhushan: Bollywood's Original Chocolate Boy Suffered Many Tragedies But This Is How He Will Be Remembered
Poet, singer, musician, prince, saint or king. These were the roles that mostly came his way due to his looks. He looked just perfect while playing these sensitive roles that made him extremely successful in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1970s were far fr
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‘Bhery Bhel Done’: This British Chef Selling Jhalmuri On The Streets Of London Has Won Over Desi Twitter
For the uninitiated, Jhalmuri and Bhelpuri are very similar snacks — just like Delhi's Sarojini Nagar is the elder sister of Lajpat Nagar, Jhalmuri is a long-lost distant cousin of Bhelpuri. Jhalmuri, like Bhelpuri, is made up of rice puffs, veggies
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Goodbye Crazy Mohan: The Loved Linguistic Genius Is The Reason Tamil Cinema Got Kamal Haasan, The Great Comic Actor
Crazy Mohan’s ‘crazy’ talent found perfect collaborators in actor Kamal Haasan and director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. Crazy Mohan is gone. But his rich body of work — a unique mix of puns across languages, hilarious one-liners, situational comedy, a l
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Indian Economy: Stories Of A Structural Slowdown Are Farce. Data Shows Modinomics Is Propelling India Towards Strong Growth
The Indian economy advanced 5.8% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19, slowing from a 6.6% expansion in the previous quarter. Slower growth rates were seen in household spending (8.1% compared to 8.4% in Q3) and gross fixed ca
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Rajendra Nath: The Man Whose Comic Timing Is No Joke!
Rajendra Nath Malhotra, known in the world of cinema as Rajendra Nath, was an actor who provided wonderful entertainment to generations of viewers and regaled them with his very special sense of humour and comedy. The new generation can watch his fil
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Eating Insects To Save The Planet? Research Suggests Lab-grown Insect Meat Could Be The Most Sustainable Way Forward
With food production getting increasingly non-viable and becoming heavily resource-intensive, alternative sources of food have become the intensive focus of research. For instance, research has established that livestock farming is destroying our pla
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Bharat Movie Review: The Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif And Disha Patani Starrer Is Essentially Bajrangi Bhaijaan 2.0
Peace talks can solve every problem, believes Bharat. But just to be sure, add Hindi filmon ke gaane and Amitabh Bachchan. And that's how a beefed-up Salman Khan saves a merchant navy ship from being robbed in Somalia. Bharat has its clichés. You'll
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Heavenly Vermicelli: No Rampuri’s Eid Is Complete Without Feasting On Attu Bhai’s Rich, Sugary Qimami Sewain
‘Hai Eid maekadey ko chalo dekhta hai kaun, Shahd o shakar pe toot padey rozeydaar aaj.’ Translation: 'It’s Eid, let us sneak into the tavern unobserved, The faithful are busy feasting on sugar and honey'. — Nawab Yususf Ali Khan ‘Nazim’ of Rampur At
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Dire Straits: The Indian Economy Is In A Major Slowdown. Can Nirmala Sitharaman Fix It?
India’s economic growth fell to 5.8% in the January-March period of 2018-19 — the lowest in 20 quarters — due to a sharp slowdown in investment and manufacturing growth as well as a contraction in agricultural production. This pulled down gross domes
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Raj Kapoor: The Eternal Romantic Who Wove Magic Into Whatever He Created
June 2, 1988, was indeed a sad day for Indian cinema as it lost one of its most important personalities for whom cinema was a passion, a way of life, a religion. He breathed films and lived only in the world of films. He is called the greatest showma
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PM Modi, Uniter-in-Chief: How The Prime Minister Brought Together Two Unlikely Foes
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, did you wake up this morning to check if the sun indeed rose from the East? No, not to check the dawn of a new democracy — but because Bollywood’s biggest foes seem to have buried the hatchet
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World Cup 2019: If Cricket Is Religion, Netflix Series 'Selection Day' Introduces Us To Its Atheists, Agnostics And Believers
In a country that has no sporting culture, we often get to hear that cricket is religion. But religion often finds its atheists, and also its agnostics, much like its believers. Cricket too has all three of them — and in plenty. Netflix series Select
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Cleanliness And Godliness: Why Muslims Use Miswak During Ramzan
Every Ramzan sees a remarkable hike in the sale of miswak — a twig mostly used by Muslims for oral care. Made generally from Salvadora Persica, the pencil-sized twig has been used as a natural toothbrush for ages. And Muslims, in particular, believe
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Homage To Veeru Devgan: Ajay Devgn’s Father And A Star In His Own Right
The sad news has arrived of veteran action director and filmmaker Veeru Devgan passing away in Mumbai. Born in Punjab in British India, Veeru Devgan had a long and fruitful film career, starting with hits like Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Satyam Shivam
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Remembering Sunil Dutt On His 14th Death Anniversary
He would have turned 90 this June. The graceful, soft-spoken and upright Sunil Dutt, fondly called Dutt Sa’ab, lives on in our memory as an icon of integrity and idealism, of humanity and humanism. He was not just a spontaneous and natural actor but
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The Enigma Called Tabu! Strong Roles, Stellar Acting And Killer Performances Make Tabu Unmissable, Always
No viewer will fall off his or her chair while watching Akiv Ali’s directorial De De Pyaar De (DDPD), a comedy see-sawing between fun and vapidity, mainly revolving around age gap in a romantic relationship. DDPD has Ajay Devgn, playing a 50-year-old
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The Game Of Dragons: Drogon Realised The Futility Of War When People Couldn't
Spoilers Ahead. The world watched the last episode of Game of Thrones with mixed feelings. Despite its violence and chauvinistic characters, the series gave us fantastic women. The suave survivor Sansa Stark, the erudite assassin-explorer Arya Stark,
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Game Of Drones! I Haven’t Watched A Single Game Of Thrones Show And I Have Certainly Not Missed Out!
Is it blasphemy if I haven’t seen a single Game of Thrones show? It doesn’t look like it to me. But it seems everyone's talking about Game of Thrones (GOT), be it friends, relatives, even colleagues in office. Am I’m missing out? No, I don’t think so
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'Leila' On Netflix: Is Netflix Subliminally Propagating Hinduphobia? Or Does It Want To Shock You Into Seeing The Truth?
Towards the end of last year — 2018 — Netflix released a three-part horror-drama series, Ghoul, starring Radhika Apte. The show immediately struck a chord with the audience, given that horror is such a genre. What worked more in favour of the show th
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'De De Pyaar De' Movie Review: The Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet starrer showcases Bollywood’s oldest trope
If I had a penny for every time I saw an older man romance a much younger woman on screen in India, I’d have enough money to produce a film and get the age difference right. De De Pyaar De just finds a way to legitimise that old ''been there, seen th
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Prabhat Choudhary: Why He Is The 'Prashant Kishor' Of Bollywood
Of the 40 special guests that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh hosted for their wedding festivities at Lake Como in Italy, in November 2018, there was one man whose presence hinted at his influence in Bollywood and his proximity to Padukone. His na
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Wimps Of The Year! The Regressive Female Characters In Karan Johar Films Are Getting So Boring, Even The Audience Doesn't Care
In 2001, Poo was introduced with a make-up montage — a pink-clad Kareena Kapoor (now Khan) wakes up in a pink bedroom amidst pink pillows and pink cushions and goes about her morning rituals. All while pop music blasts your ears. In 2012, Shanaya had
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Kerala’s First Woman Chef Is Serving Delicious And Sumptuous Delicacies At Malabar Cafe That Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds
It was with great reluctance that the Food Craft Institute, Kozhikode, accepted Latha Kuniyil as a student — women were not physically capable of becoming chefs, the authorities argued, but they had to bow before her determination. Today, Latha can p
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Student Of The Year 2 Movie Review: Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria’s ‘Student’ pass the test
“Ladki ko respect do, line toh bijli wale bhi dete hai!” said Shreya (Ananya Panday), and I found my inner self whistling in approval. As far as witty, progressive or socially aware dialogues go, Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY 2) had just about a handfu
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