Midway Point

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If Life is a journey then I truly lived it up in my 53rd year The destinations were ordinary the journey extraordinary And the co-passengers awesome It started with a twenty step walk as I strutted down the ramp with increasing confidence, in heels, a LBD and pressed hair. An all girls event with models past prime yet comfortable in their sagging skin ...
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The Big Short

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  The Big Short is a film about human greed and degradation. It's a film about an eccentric, one eyed hedge fund manager, Michael Burry (Christian Bale) who sees the housing loan bubble burst before anyone else and decides to profit from it by shorting or betting against it. Its about a slickster, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) who hears about these default swaps at a sle...
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Playing Dead

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  When the blaring loudspeaker of a nearby temple took a break from its task of reminding me what a lowly 'adharmi' I am There was complete silence and then I could hear the clatter of a train passing by the horns of distant vehicles the faint rumble of a generator the shuffle of feet  below some chirping birds and rustling of leaves in the morning...
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A year of me

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The year I lived a long cherished dream and made the journey of a lifetime traveled all the way to Canada Thanks to a very generous brother with a glorious week in Lake District Thanks to a very hospitable sis and bil Siblings and parents in tow I revisited my childhood and realised that it was as perfect as I remembered it to be The year I discovered that I co...
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Patriotism in a song

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As would be the case with most Indians 'Saare jahan se accha Hindustan hamara' is my all time favourite. And it is just not Iqbal's beautiful lyrics or the uplifting melody but its association with India's freedom struggle which makes it special. It has been used on many occasions and I was filled with pride when Rakesh Sharma said it from outer space. But my heart broke when S...
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Charles and me

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It was just Charles and me...... my husband and son were there too....but that was it. Just the three of us as we settled down to watch a late night show of ' Main aur Charles' in a Multiplex at Panipat. A cinema hall, all to ourselves, this was a first !! Not that I had expected a full house for a movie by an unknown director and a 'no- star' cast. But first things first. R...
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Making a Wordsmith

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It irked us no end and yet he stood his ground. Cribbing or cajoling didn't help nor did begging and bribes . We just had to do as told whether we liked it or not. More than four decades later I am thankful for his persistence which bordered on stubbornness. As kids, all of us siblings were voracious readers. We would read anything we could lay our hands on, books, magazines...
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Talvar- the sword!

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Its the same story told differently. While Avirook Sen has courageously named names in his thrilling book Aarushi, Vishal Bhardwaj and Meghna Gulzar take a different route. By claiming that their movie is only 'inspired' by real events, they take the creative freedom to deviate from the truth or look beyond it. So the thinly disguised names, starting with the film's title to th...
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Honest Tireless Passion

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Let me warn you at the outset, after reading what follows you might feel cheated. You might think that a letter of appreciation to the concerned people would have been more appropriate. With time at such a premium these days,others should be spared the sundry details. I had my doubts too but am posting it anyway. There are few professionals who rise above the call of duty and w...
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Temporary Idolatry

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Traditionally deities were brought home, worshipped with reverence and at the culmination of the festivities consigned to water. But with each passing year the idols have become grander and gaudier. Customarily the idols were taken for the final immersion amid celebration and bonhomie. Invitations to return the following year were extended with much singing and dancing on the s...
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