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It hit me in Kalimpong. Not one commercial establishment had ‘West Bengal’ on their signage. It was always Gorkhaland. I could always shield my ignorance with the excuse that I am from south India, which is far removed from the politics of West Bengal, leave alone Gorkhaland. But that is just plain lazy and lame.…

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An indie movie maker said this It’s easy to make a film (comparatively) when you have a posh office set up, Nescafe counter at every alley of it, assistants with iPhones, ‘whatever’ attitude and a man on a big roller chair telling you what to do next. It’s quite easy in my opinion because when…

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Mothers spoke about him in hushed whispers. When they fed their babies. “If you don’t finish your lunch, Elikunji will take you away.” We debated “Does he exist? Or is it just a maternal conspiracy to make the babies eat?” But, somewhere in the dark corners of our minds, a nagging question kept us on…

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You must have gone for the candle light vigil in your city. Tweeted or blogged about how India should respond or how courageous our soldiers are. Some of us hurled insults at the government and its ‘inaction’. All of the above is needed. But what we need is grassroots responsibility.If you are a salaried employee,…

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I doubt it. A cursory glance at the deceased list from the recent Mumbai attacks is enough to conclude that these cowards merely want to spread terror. They are not really bothered about Muslims or Hindus. Their motives are political and far removed from a religious cause. Muslims form approximately 15% of the civilian causalities.…

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Out of the blue I started getting mails about ‘matches’ for my profile in SimplyMarry.com, A IndiaTimes site. I never registered on the site. So I followed instructions and sent a mail to unsubscribe@simplymarry.com. Even that didn’t stop the spamming. So I called their Call Center and the staff their told me that ‘Someone must…

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There is this song in the Tamil movie Pudupettai, whose lyrics ‘Padicha naaye ulla varaadhey’ translate to ‘No entry for educated dogs’. Thank you Selva Raghavan! And, I have heard our so called elders vent out their ire against a non-conforming person by saying ‘padicha thimiru!’ (arrogant that he/she is educated). Human nature? For most…

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“Guys coming from small-time towns are generally mentally and physically tougher than those coming from the metros. The infrastructure and facilities are not there and so players from smaller towns have to work harder,” M.S. Dhoni (source: DNA) 1) Small town parents rarely encourage their progeny to go chase a wild dream like Cricket. They…

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