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This is a Bachchan story you won't read anywhere else. It's not so much about Amitabh Bachchan. Who, 48 years after he entered films, is still receiving Best Actor trophies at popular Bollywood awards...
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The times, they are a changin'. When word of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize triumph caught wind, the literary world broke into heated, divisive debate. Does a songwriter deserve the recognition ― and money ―...
The rare three-day celebration of poetry is a chance of a lifetime for Mumbai residents.
"Sheher mein agar har din check-in kar rahe ho toh zinda ho tum."
My book is a culmination of a dream that was stitched over a long time as I grew up, and which, at times, seemed improbable. For me it signifies the triumph of a “below par” schoolboy who always wrestled with doubt and wondered if he was good enough at anything. Getting this volume of poetry out bolstered my self-belief and gave me faith that I too could carve a little corner for myself in a wide wide world.
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Of all the things I did not know of Hardy and came to know only recently (and here's a gory bit: his heart was cut out from his body to be buried with his first wife in the village cemetery, but the rest of him lies in London at Poet's Corner), what struck me as particularly interesting was his war poetry. Rather, the anti-war sentiments in his war poetry.
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Bollywood veterans Lata Mangeshkar, Sudhir Mishra and Mahesh Bhatt among others paid an emotional homage to renowned poet and lyricist Nida Fazli, who passed away today. Fazli was behind soulful compo...
Maya at Three by Rita Banerji
In digital times, any ode to lustrous hair (zulfein), soulful eyes (ankhen), unique style (andaaz) pretty smile (muskurana) or alluring walk (chal) would perhaps invite ridicule. Is it any surprise, therefore, that far away from the sophistry of 'Kabhie Kabhie Mere Dil Mein' we have 'Sexy Dress Mein Bomb Lagdi Mainu' which is funky. But crass. Above all, it is impossible to sing along.
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"Maya", as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism, means attachment to the tangible aspects of life and relationships. It is a sentiment which the scriptures sternly warn you off of, as they say it is spiritually unhealthy. They say this is all transient -- an illusion. That it is not the truth. And yet, as my friend chose the name "Maya" for her adoptive daughter, I was struck by the intense attachment she felt for the child.
With a little over two weeks to go to the release of Neeraj Ghaywan's feature film debut 'Masaan', which won two prizes at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, the first song from the movie wa...
I have never felt as wordless as when I was trying to articulate my experiences of sexual harassment on the streets of India. When these incidents took place, all I wanted to do was to perhaps take a lesson from them and then move on, forget about them. They made me feel emotionally weak, helpless, as if freedom was out of my grasp. I could imagine others saying, "So what? After all, she was never raped."
In effect, The Supreme Court says that different, more stringent standards apply to speech related to personalities of the "historically respected" kind. They are entitled to more deference than the common man. It ends with the shocking line, "we do not intend to express any opinion that freedom of speech gives liberty to offend."