A Perfect Date In New York

Amidst all the chaos of Tinder and when everyone seems to losing hope in the happily-ever-after (just look at Brad and Angelina... we thought they were the real thing), here I am in New York, still cl...

How To Make The Indian Education System Transparent, Easy And Devoid Of Fraud

How do you ensure that a student is not given a fake degree? How do you get any control on the number of students studying in any college or university? How do you make it possible for easy bank financing of education and educational institutes? How do you make it easy for educators and teachers to find good opportunities? How can we ensure that students’ degrees aren't held back by a college, which is against regulations? The possible answer to all these questions and more is to have a demat depository and registry of all institutions, educators, students and their credentials right from the 10th standard onwards.
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Why The Aspiring Middle Class Lays Such A Premium On Private Education

Our driver Vinod and most of the domestic workers I have spoken to have no qualms about spending even half of what they earn on their children’s education. Which is what got me wondering -- why is our aspiring middle class willing to pay such a price premium for their kids' education in private schools? Here are some of the things that came up through the conversations that I had.

The Basics Of Waging A Winning Insurgency

While my novel 03:02 focuses on a physical occupation by an enemy, I believe that certain core principles apply to any insurgency that challenges the status quo -- in any field. Whether it is changing the culture at a workplace, challenging a social evil, trying to overcome deep-rooted prejudices, the common theme is that there is some tyranny -- whether physical or that of ingrained habits and beliefs -- that needs to be overthrown.
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My Tryst With Chinese ‘Democracy'

The highlight of my Chinese experience as part of a Visva Bharati delegation visiting Yunnan University was our introduction to "Chinese democracy". This nomenclature was interesting considering that most of the world considers democracy to be non-existent in China. Nonetheless, the term exists, and a vague idea of democracy is also referred to in intellectual circles. However, it is not considered to be as inspiring an ideal as it is in India.
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‘Songs Of The Open Road’: An Odyssey Of War, Words And Loss [Book Review]

'Detours: Songs of the Open Road' by Salil Tripathi is a remarkable travel diary that takes you on fascinating journeys, with insights from the prisms of history, culture and literature. With evocative travelogues on Istanbul, Bogota, Jakarta, Berlin, Nigeria, Burma and many other places, the book is a treat for travellers young and old. Here is a review with excerpts and an interview with the author.
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Is Your Bowl Of Cornflakes A Sugar Bomb?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many of us wake up every morning looking forward to a bowl of cornflakes or some other cereal. That's because we have been told that cereals are a healthy breakfast, and a great way to start the day. But is that bowl of cereal (usually eaten with milk and sugar) really the best way to kick-start your day? I'm not too sure about that.
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‘The Treatment For Drug-Resistant TB Can Consume You’

Zakir was 17 when he started coughing. He was in Delhi, working as an embroiderer after running away from home. He lived and worked with 25 other embroiderers in a single room in the Kotla Mubarkpur area. Zakir's story is the story of thousands of migrants in India's urban cities. With crowded living and working conditions, as well as poor nutrition, TB creeps up on them and often remains undetected.
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‘Yeh Kya Hua, Kaise Hua, Kyun Hua…’

Rajesh Khanna’s tale is somewhere incomplete. To have seen such dizzying heights of heady fame and then to experience such impenetrable oblivion requires some inner toughness. Khanna’s life was colourful, complex, convoluted, and profoundly impactful. Even if he had lived another 20 years, the unfathomable vacuum of a rainy gray 18 July, 2012 would have still felt the same. We would still say, “Yeh kya hua, kaise hua, kyun hua…”
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These Indian Ad Campaigns Won More Than Just Accolades At Cannes Lions 2016

It has been a great year for Indian advertising at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, the world's most prestigious awards show for the creative communications industry. India bagged a whopping 27 medals in various categories and for the first time, an Indian agency, Medulla Communications, bagged the 'Healthcare Agency of the Year' title at the festival. The one thing that stood out in this year's outing is that all the winning campaigns were creatively crafted and stood for values above and beyond the product or service itself.
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Can The Post Of Governor Be Redeemed?

Recently, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for the abolition of the post of governor. He is not alone in his thinking. The argument is that governors are beholden to their political masters and ever-willing to meddle in state politics so as to help topple duly elected governments. This is largely true, but I believe getting rid of the institution is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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For The Walmiki Brothers, The Maharashtra Govt’s Broken Promises Litter The Road To Rio

A dilapidated 10x10 sq ft shanty situated in darkness below a flight of stairs leading to Marine Lines Station, in urban Mumbai, is the residence of Devinder Walmiki, currently in the Indian hockey squad for Rio 2016. His story and that of his brother Yuvraj exposes the cavalier treatment and dismal conditions that our players are subjected to despite winning laurels for the country.
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Age, Gender, Culpability No Bar: Pellets Are Cruel And Unusual Punishment For Kashmiris

There are many of them. Their backgrounds are different, their places of origin are different, their ages are different… but one thing is uniting them -- the pain. Where there was light there is now dark, sometimes partial and sometimes complete, like death. Some were injured in the “battleground” where they used stones for ammo, while others were collateral damage -- some felled even as they went about daily life on the streets, in their homes.
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America's Race Against Itself

The United States has a long history of emphasizing the value of personal freedom, liberty, and equality. It has also positioned itself as the champion of these values globally. However, beneath this surface, there are fissures. As much as America espouses freedom and liberty, it also cannot deny the legacy of exploitation and avarice that forms the foundation on which the country was built.
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The Slow Slipping Away Of Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s First Superstar

It was raining when the family announced Rajesh Khanna’s death on the afternoon of 18 July, 2012. Not the kind of heavy downpour that Mumbai’s shrinking lakes would gratefully accept, but a light, continuous drizzle that swept Carter Road in Bandra West and dropped silently on Aashirwad -- the road and bungalow in which Rajesh Khanna lived, as if the Heavens were crying inconsolably for the loss of this great actor, Bollywood’s first superstar.
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How Indian Style Set European Scarves Aflutter

Indian-style drapes and motifs have been a major influence on European scarves, even though this love was not returned. In the 1930s, many French couturiers such as Grès and Rochas began to be profoundly influenced by the Indian style of draping unstitched cloth, in part because of the international fashion expositions that took place at that time in Europe.
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Baba Ramdev: Simple Living, High Thinking, Fast Driving

Somebody with a lot of imagination put Baba Ramdev on the cover of a national news magazine performing the Prasarita Padottanasana, and the Twitterati has not stopped taking unkind digs at him since then… But I like Baba Ramdev. Ten years ago, before Patanjali Ayurveda took off and all he dreamed about was yoga, I interviewed him in Mumbai.
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Teesta Setalvad: Heroine Or Hypocrite?

Teesta Setalvad is a name that's appeared frequently in the media since 2002. She has been portrayed variously as a crusader for justice and an embezzler of funds, as a heroine and a hypocrite. The purpose of this post is not to paint Setalvad in any particular way but to provide readers with the necessary facts behind her life and work so that they can research further and form an independent picture of her. This is a timeline of Teesta Setalvad.

Why Delhi Girls Are A Problem For Bombay's Number One Pickup Artist

Journalist Dave Besseling spent eight weeks following Sid Malhotra, self-styled Number One Pickup Artist in India, to tell his story in his new book, Laid in India. Once a nobody in a small town in Andhra Pradesh, Sid now claims to have the power to seduce any woman, 'anytime, anywhere'. As he goes from bar to bar spreading his charm, Besseling documents his adventures with a mix of fascination, irony and scathing wit.