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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Thank You!!

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A year ago I was tagged for the week long gratitude test. I was to name three things each day of which I am grateful....challenging indeed !! To enlist 21 things out of the countless I owe my gratitude to....so after a lot of thought I had posted this list ( in no particular order !!) Yesterday as I was going through my 'archives' I realised that nothing much has changed. So am...
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Blocked Writer

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It all started with my slipper......and then there was my dad, my dog, my mom, my daughter even a favourite uncle.....and any day now, it could be my brother and my son. These are some of the things I have written about which have been picked up by various newspapers in the past six months. Ten middles and a 2000 word OPED is a fairly good yield for a temperamental writer li...
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Super heroes all!

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A needle prick can do what a spider bite can't............................instantly turn you into a superhero ! It will just take a few minutes of your time, a pint of the five litres you have and a little love. You don't need extra strength to donate or extra nourishment to replenish what you have given. Not all heroes need super powers to save lives. Sometimes a little hum...
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Big Bro

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As a child most of my birthday parties had two cakes instead of one. Surrounded by friends, as I smiled into the camera, trying to occupy centre stage, he would stand beside me, stealing my thunder, insisting on cutting a cake though he had celebrated his own birthday six months earlier. Dad's suggestion to ignore him and 'his cake' didn't pacify me one bit. He could con...
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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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Dil Dhadakne dein?

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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This observation by Leo Tolstoy aptly explains the uniqueness of the Mehra family in Dil Dhadakne do. So there is the philandering 'self made' father, who never lets anyone forget his hardships, the long suffering society mom who has learnt to play along because she has nowhere else to go, an enterpri...
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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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