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Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe
Why I Watch ‘Girls' Even Though I'm Not One

Why I Watch ‘Girls' Even Though I'm Not One Anymore

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?
11/07/2016 9:58 AM IST
Watch Out! Cabinet Reshuffle Shows Modi Govt Is Set To Fire On All

Watch Out! Cabinet Reshuffle Shows Modi Govt Is Set To Fire On All Cylinders

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
25 Things You Need To Start Doing After You Turn

25 Things You Need To Start Doing After You Turn 25

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
Bhagwan Dada - Ekk

Bhagwan Dada - Ekk Albela

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
Ethical Hackers Are In Demand, And Here's How You Can Become

Ethical Hackers Are In Demand, And Here's How You Can Become One

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
4 Killer Tips for Successful Digital Marketing in

4 Killer Tips for Successful Digital Marketing in 2016

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
How Skills Development Can Help Reinvent

How Skills Development Can Help Reinvent India

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
A Heartful Approach To Keeping Your New Year's

A Heartful Approach To Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

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
What The New Kids On The Banking Block Must Do For Staying

What The New Kids On The Banking Block Must Do For Staying Power

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
Book Excerpt: Elephant At

Book Excerpt: Elephant At Sea

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
The Uncertainties Of The Afghan-Taliban Peace

The Uncertainties Of The Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks

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
5 Superpowers That Every Parent

5 Superpowers That Every Parent Possesses

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
The Undemocratic Silence On

The Undemocratic Silence On AFSPA

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
Slums And The Price Of

Slums And The Price Of Insecurity

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
DIY Hairstyles for This Holiday

DIY Hairstyles for This Holiday Season!

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 Juvenile Justice Amendment Is A Victory For Retribution, Not

The Juvenile Justice Amendment Is A Victory For Retribution, Not Justice

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
Dear Shah Rukh Khan, Here's A Heartfelt Apology For Letting You

Dear Shah Rukh Khan, Here's A Heartfelt Apology For Letting You Down

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