Month: February 2014

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Prisoner,Jailor,Prime Minister – Politics in Modern India

The Story: Every story begins with a dot and Siddhartha Tagore is the first dot in “Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister”. We first make his acquaintance as the newly sworn Prime Minister of India, in the early hours of the last day of 2016 in a very private, almost clandestine ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Within minutes …

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Gluttony – one of the seven deadly sins

I think the Universe is trying to tell me a very important message : thou shalt not go for wedding receptions. How else could I explain the mishaps in the last three weddings I attended? When the weather turns cooler and the relatives from overseas come home for some sunshine, the people of Mumbai decide …

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Who will cook your food and clean your home?

I was stuck in the traffic yesterday (nothing new about that) when I heard a jingle announcing the Government’s scheme to provide urban poor and unemployed persons with skill sets and opportunities for work other than as domestic servants and construction workers.“Don’t work as a maid or servant. Get a decent job! With the Rajiv …

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The Case of the Reluctant Masseuse or why it is impossible to get an appointment at Rewa Escapes

It was the month of November and I was looking kind of tired (strange for me) when  I happened to bump into a young neighbour who was looking particularly spritely (strange for her). “What’s up?” I asked her unused to seeing her so fresh and rarin’ to go. “I’ve just come back from the most …

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Those who can do, those who can’t give up!

So Arvind Kejriwal has quit? What’s so surprising about that? I’ve always felt that Arvind Kejriwal was making the same mistake as the political party he loves to bait – the Indian National Congress. The Congress as it is commonly referred to was established to obtain self-rule or Independence and once this goal was attained, …

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Is red the colour of love?

Today is Valentine’s Day and I’m already seeing red : The TIMES OF INDIA has a red heart in place of M in its masthead The club is having a special Valentine’s Day dinner and the poster is red, red and more red There are more heart shaped or rather bum-shaped balloons being sold at …