Literature

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Why India Owes Big Thanks To Chetan Bhagat

One may disagree with the views Bhagat expresses in his columns and other public forums. I myself, on most occasions, find it difficult to agree with him. However, it is perfectly possible for one to disagree with him and yet appreciate his positive contributions to the public space. Depriving him of this credit, which he has duly earned, would be criminal to say the least.

When ‘Moving On' Can Hold You Back

We are a part of a fast-paced and dynamic ecosystem where our wishes are fulfilled through a mere touch of a smartphone screen. Our relationships are public property, to be "shared" with friends and strangers. Often times, love begins, progresses and even ends on social networking sites. We hardly have the time to think about what went wrong or how to make amends or learn from mistakes. The mantra is to "move on" and forget all about past experiences.
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The Myth Of The Virgin Indian

We have embedded ourselves tightly into the visibility of life. We have diminished the "thinking" component of our existence. We have accepted a life which is seen by others rather than the one which is lived by us. We convince ourselves and make ourselves believe that we are good and innocent and we have done no wrong. Hence, in the bright light of day, in the eyes of society, we become what we are seen as -- the Virgin Indian.
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You're Wrong If You Think Chetan Bhagat Isn't ‘Good Enough'

It was interesting to notice the reactions of the audience when Chetan Bhagat stepped on stage at a literature event recently. Most people were fans and cheered vociferously. Others snorted and muttered in dissatisfaction. "Who invited him?" whispered one lady. "They allow anybody these days, don't they?" mused another. "How did he become so famous?" wondered a kurta-clad gentleman. "He should be banned!" spat an elderly man, drawing murmurs of support. (Banning anything seems to be in vogue.) This got me thinking.
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Confessions Of A Cowardly Man

I respect women. I actively participate in candlelight marches for rape victims. I write Facebook posts supporting women's empowerment and liberation. I project myself as a man of the changing world and try to embody its evolved approach towards women. I am a man who fears everything. Yet, when I introspect and look into the depths of my heart, I realise I don't believe enough in my own beliefs.
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My Son Quit Reading, But Not Soon Enough

Every time I walk into my son's room, my eyes inevitably and instinctively go to his empty bookcase. Four years ago, at his request, we packed all the books away. All the British authors -- Enid Blyton, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare -- and all the American authors -- J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain -- were gone, packed away with other classics."I'm done reading," he had told his dad and me.