Let me just say straight off that this is not a review of the HBO series <em>Girls</em>. It's about why I feel compelled to watch it. I understand why my husband doesn't like it and why he thinks that the characters are obnoxious. I understand when he says that they are a bunch of spoilt, entitled brats. Because, the truth is, they are. Why then, do I find myself watching it?
The NDA government's second cabinet reshuffle comes with three clear takeaways. First, Members of Parliament who have performed well have been recognized and elevated to ministerial rank. Second, portfolios have been reallocated such that it is evident that the government places a high premium on the performance of its ministers. Finally, the BJP, unlike the Congress, a party with a constipated leadership pipeline, is keen to groom leaders for the future.
06/07/2016 1:23 PM IST
For most of us, between the time we graduate from high school up until the time we hit 25, our lives seem to pass in a blur of exams, higher education, parties and trying to find a job that we don't absolutely hate. It's only when we hit 25 does the quarter-life crisis set in, and we start thinking: "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" Here are some clues.
26/06/2016 12:16 AM IST
Pune might be Mumbai's cousin but the urban food trends are distinctly different. Pune is prone to ordering Chicken Biryani
23/06/2016 2:27 PM IST
That tender sway of the hip...the naughty look of an infant..the quickness of a feline and the candor of a star - he possessed it all. In the stillness of his repressed movement, he defined the minimalism of movement and rhythm. He had swag before swag got swag!
18/06/2016 12:00 AM IST
Photo source: Zomato India's first gastropub with an international feel to boot. This particular spot is everything that's
28/05/2016 2:06 PM IST
There has never been a better time to enter into the cyber-security field. The current demand is booming due to government initiatives like Smart Cities. This demand is expected to surge as more startups and businesses go online. According to recent data, India needs at least 4.7 lakh cyber-security professionals currently for protection of IT infrastructure in the country as well as to serve the export market.
29/02/2016 8:13 AM IST
Standing at the beginning of 2016, it is perhaps the best time to sit and analyse what you can accomplish in the coming 365 days. For a digital marketer, it usually means mulling over their strategies, implementing quick tactics so as to make some good progress on their digital marketing campaigns. So how can you be successful in your digital marketing efforts in 2016? Here are four easy things you can do to help improve your business.
12/01/2016 8:16 AM IST
Skilling millions of people in a country where 93% of the population is engaged informally might seem an arduous challenge, but I see it as an opportunity to reinvent India. Over the last five years, we have taken several steps to move closer to this goal.
11/01/2016 8:20 AM IST
The last year was an exceptionally delicious one for me, filled with discoveries of new places (and rediscoveries of old ones) and surprising recipes.
11/01/2016 8:19 AM IST
Around four-and-a-half years ago, I found myself grappling with the same dilemma that many of you probably are. Why couldn't I shake off old patterns that were no longer serving me well? In my search for the answer to this question, among others, I stumbled across <strong>heartfulness</strong> meditation and gradually and progressively <em>experienced</em> the answers to the questions of why we're unable to keep up our resolutions and what we can do to change the status quo.
09/01/2016 8:20 AM IST
Banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) are taking the threat offered by 23 new banks (including the two large banks, IDFC and Bandhan, that started operations in 2015) to their business fairly seriously, as the market place for money will now pit the nimble, disruptive young guns against the might and muscle of the big bosses of traditional banking.
08/01/2016 8:32 AM IST
In the late summer of 1979, the Second Secretary of the Indian embassy to Morocco received a cable that undid his considerable years of training and left him floundering. The message read simply: 'Elephant en route.' Was it some sort of code? Further investigation only deepened his confusion.
06/01/2016 12:18 PM IST
Peace talks with the Afghan Taliban are once again on Kabul's agenda. During Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Islamabad earlier this month, both Afghanistan and Pakistan committed to work together to restart the process. Pakistan's role in this renewed attempt is naturally going to be under strict scrutiny. However, if the Taliban does accept the offer of resuming the talks, then there are various Taliban-specific variables that deserve more attention than Pakistan.
28/12/2015 8:17 AM IST
As I grew up, I put down my obsession with superheroes as one of the side effects of being a single child. Fast forward to the present. I am now a proud papa to an amazingly active and naughty toddler, and over the course of the past year, I've discovered that I've had some superhero-esque traits all along. I just had to become a parent to release them.
28/12/2015 8:16 AM IST
During question hour in Parliament this month, the government was asked in the Rajya Sabha what decision it had taken on the implementation of the Jeevan Reddy Committee's recommendations. The government replied that no decision had been taken, saying it needed to "evaluate the situation on the ground" first. This is only one of many times a question related to the AFSPA, and the possibility of its repeal, has been raised in Parliament, and has met with a vague and unsatisfactory response.
25/12/2015 8:31 AM IST
The price of insecure tenure is proving to be much too high and is being borne not only by the slum inhabitants, but also the broader society and economy. It is time to stop viewing slum households as the problem, and start recognising the untapped potential. For example, a simplistic calculation implies there is potential for at least Rs 3,000 crore of tax revenues for municipal governments if the tenure rights of the slum households can be formally recognised.
25/12/2015 8:27 AM IST
As the party season approaches and we hop, skip and sashay through brunches, Christmas cocktail parties and soirees, style takes on a primary role in our lives.
24/12/2015 9:30 PM IST
The belief that juveniles, even those committing heinous offences, get away with little or no punishment in the name of reformation has led to a strident demand for a reduction in the age of juvenility. This mass hysteria has clearly been bought into by the current government, which has repealed and re-enacted the entire law on juvenile justice. The legislation follows the "adult time for adult crime" approach, which I argue is not appropriate for the administration of juvenile justice.
24/12/2015 11:10 AM IST
I have decided to write a letter and share it with the world, apologising for letting you down. You see, I am a proud Shah Rukh fan and an Indian and I have not stood by you in the last three days. Sure, I watched <em>Dilwale</em> at PVR Imax but I still let you down. I watched as a section of my fellow countrymen protested against <em>Dilwale</em> for no valid reason.
23/12/2015 1:26 PM IST
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