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Two young children have the gift of sight because of my sister.
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Among all of Hindi cinema strikes against gender balance, the way they treat their sisters is perhaps the worst. In a male-centric industry, sisters exist only to provide a reason for the brother's demeanour, and little more. But occasionally, there is a sisterly relationship that is fully realized - a sister who is a real person with an inner life and a believable arc. Here's to some of Hindi Cinema's most memorable behnas and their steel wills.
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The term "soul mate" is often understood in a very limited context. It is nearly always linked to one's lover or partner or spouse. So we have these endless quotes, thoughts, theories, advice on one's soul mate, all in the romantic realm. I have this weird theory. To me, the man I love can never really be my soul mate...
We want our stories to have a simple narrative - relationships easily resolved, and feelings that are either best described as abiding love or bitter enmity. But in the case of the Mangeshkar sisters, the truth is probably a little more complicated. They've squabbled, been bitter rivals, supported each other and been each other's best friend through an entire six decades lived in the limelight. And that's what makes their sisterhood so unique.