Aarushi

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I have done it before but I was much younger then, and in any case they were never so thick. I read an entire book in one marathon of a sitting. Avirook Sen's 'Aarushi' deserves to be read that way, devoured quickly......hungrily. For whatever be its shortcomings it is definitely gripping and 'unputdownable'. Extremely well written, Sen does not let the pace slacken as he recou...
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Tears of Laughter

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When it comes to humour, I am partial to the English language. Lucille Ball with her deadpan expression and Charlie Chaplin with the funny one liners were a favourite as a kid. Later I graduated to the subtle sarcasm of British comedy like To the Manor born, Fawlty towers, Are you being served?, Yes minister and Yes Prime Minister which were intermittently shown on Doordarsha...
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In a soup!

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It's in the water we drink and in the air we breathe. It's in our child's favourite toy and in the paint we lovingly put on our walls. It's in the folk medicines we take as a panacea for all ills and the kajal we use to ward off the evil eye. Horror of horrors it's also in a popular snack! The recent ruckus around the presence of lead in Maggi noodles is much ado about.........
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Justified Heroism

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Just when I thought that the thirteen year old case had reached its logical conclusion, that truth had prevailed over theatrics, just as I, a commoner, was feeling vindicated by the strongly worded verdict of the trial court I realised that my jubilation was premature. There was a flurry of legal activity and when the smoke cleared Salman was still free, armed with a bail ...
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Way to go girl!

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It could well be the final frontier, the universal equaliser, the ultimate tool of women empowerment. It is called a F.U.D, a female urination device, and is essentially a small contraption which helps you pee while standing! Before asking me why you need it, think of all those times when you have nearly burst your bladder trying to locate a toilet, or cringed at the thought of...
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Doctors in distress

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Medicine is the only profession which relentlessly toils to eradicate the reason of its existence. Death is the sole certainty in life and yet doctors continuously strive to fight it. A doctor spends the better part of his youth pouring over books, borrows money to set up a health facility , seldom attends social functions, is rued for missing family occasions, skips countless ...
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Up in smoke!

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My first reaction was that he is plain stupid, and I suspect that many thought so too, but now it has become utterly clear that he was protecting his business interests. And that's pretty smart!! When Mr S.C Gupta said that the government should go slow on implementing reforms, and segregate bidis from cigarettes because the former are not as deadly, he was not only looking out...
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and the Oscar will go to……

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Oscar fever is raging . With just 36 hrs to go it's my last chance to put forth an opinion. So here goes my list of ' deserving' favourites- Best actor - Eddie Redmayne for A theory for Everything because its so difficult to play a live, disabled, prominent public figure. He does it with quiet dignity and accuracy. Best actress- Rosemund Pike as Gone Girl for portrayi...
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Sense, censor and sensibility

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I have been a bad girl……..an immoral woman…….ok, a dirty old hag ! Please don't get caught in the specifics and read on...... I watched the AIB knock out. Yup , the whole 51 minutes of it. More out of curiosity than anything else. And here’s my opinion. Most of it is what school boys with surging hormones write behind bathroom doors or what adults with declining hormones r...
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Wiki-geeks

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First an admission of guilt. I don’t follow politics. I find it difficult to keep up with the ever changing ideologies and loyalties of politicians. I also feel it is my right to not know them just as they don't know me. So a while ago when a senior politician died in a early morning car crash I didn't know who he was. To avoid appearing totally ignorant, I decided to do...
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