Journalist | Content Consultant | Ex-Senior Editor, Times Now
Rupali Mehra is an award winning television journalist/anchor, documentary filmmaker and a media consultant. When the land gets too hot to handle she heads out to sea on a sail boat. Aspires to be a helmswoman. She can be reached at https://twitter.com/rupalimehra and firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Bellandur Lake swelled yet again in these sudden rains and its acidic froth spilled over to the footpaths and streets, leading to skin rashes, red eyes and nausea among those who came in contact with it, should this bizarre phenomenon have come as a surprise? The lake has, after all, churned what was fed to it -- untreated sewage, detergents and toxic waste from unchecked small industries -- for decades.
A walk around the 13 acres is a reminder of how green Bangalore can be. Butterflies playfully dance around the flowerbeds as the sun sneaks through a canopy of branches. The fact that this 148-year-old institution has managed to retain its character and green cover, despite sitting in the heart of a commercial district, is in itself a matter of pride for Bangalore. Yet, Bangalore Club faces the threat of being muscled down by bureaucratic bullies and gutted by political greed.
"She doesn't have anything, except Maggi," complained my cousin. "So, that's what I make for her every day." She was talking about her 5-year-old, who has an inbuilt revulsion towards food, with one exception. Shocked at her confession, I warned my cousin that she was doing more harm than good by feeding her child processed food that contained little other than maida and monosodium glutamate (MSG).
As Aruna Shanbaug's body, bedecked with flowers, was cremated in the afternoon, scores of people gathered to pay their last respects. Many saw her death as an end to unbearable misery. But for others, including her caregivers, there was always a tiny bit of life in her.
I'm no fashion pundit, but even for a layman, Cannes 2015 will go down in history as one of the worst years collectively for Indian style divas. Katrina's red, Aishwarya's green and Sonam's ..er noodle dress leave the eyes sore.
Sunder's 'Project365', as I call it, is ambitious for any man in this day and age. And when the fine print says no going dutch - his date will have to foot the bill - Project365 seems all the more a herculean task.
If it weren't for the pow-vow (pun intended) between two Masterchefs of Mumbai--Mr Fadnavis, a head chef in his cabinet and a certain Ms Shobhaa De known for her acerbic tongue--the 'Vada Pav Wars' would never have gotten this kind of publicity.
So deep-rooted is this characterisation that when a man doesn't live up to expectations of society, the finger first points at the closest woman--his mother didn't teach him, his girlfriend influenced him, his wife changed him.
Why shouldn't a man be made to feel special on a particular day. Why shouldn't he be showered with discount offers at stores, salons and spas. Why shouldn't he get a free dessert with every meal he orders. Why shouldn't he be allowed to share poems and songs celebrating his manhood.