By Sandip Roy The momos were shocking pink. No artificial food colourings were used, the server assures me. It’s beetroot juice. There are also pink paneer kebabs with rose petals and cream, pink pizza with strawberries and sundried tomatoes and cheesy pinkmelt poppers. The pink items are helpfully marked on the menu by little rainbow butterflies. All this is in Kolkata, not the Pink City of Jaipur. In a city with way too many hookah lounges playing way too loud Bollywood mash-ups already, this café wants to stand out. The sign outside shows an assortment of gender combinations in neon — man-man, man-woman, woman-woman, transgender. There’s a huge rainbow mural on the wall and pink butterfly lighting fixtures. The menu promises We Don’t Judge. The café calls itself #377. When I ask the server why the momos are pink, he replies “Pink is a very attractive colour, a very soft colour.” Café owner S K Manirul Islam agrees: “Pink … [Read more...] about View: 377 – Equality has to go beyond pink momos, memes
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12 images that show the odd, odd world we live in.Participants cycle during a World Naked Bike Ride event at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo. The cycling event aims to defend the right of cyclists to ride on the streets safely, according to organisers. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters A man pushes a coffin shaped cart up the street in the parade at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado. The winter festival in the small mountain town commemorates the 1994 discovery of the corpse of Bredo Morstol, which is now housed in a shed on dry ice above the town. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters Two women jump into a frozen pond as they compete in the Polar Plunge at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/ReutersA patron celebrates St Patrick’s Day at The Hero of Waterloo in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: It’s an odd world out there!
With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI. In 2002, when IPS Officer Rakesh Asthana was repatriated from the CBI to his parent cadre in Gujarat, he came with a reputation: this was the officer who had “dared” to book then Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav in the fodder scam. Around the time this case went on trial, Gujarat witnessed the Godhra train carnage that was followed by the 2002 riots. As the demand to hand over the Godhra case to the CBI got louder, Narendra Modi, who had won his first election three days before the carnage, brought in Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer as the Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Criminal Investigation Department (Crime and Railways), … [Read more...] about Rakesh Asthana: Fodder scam to Godhra, never far from limelight
Appearing on the ABC this afternoon, Ms Plibersek let out a laugh when the blatantly obvious comment was brought up by journalist Patricia Karvelas. “Is that a selling point in his view?” Ms Plibersek asked after chuckling on camera. “You might laugh but it is based on focus group and polling results they are getting that Bill Shorten is a liability for your side of politics,” Karvelas responded. “Do you accept Bill Shorten is a problem for Labor?” Patricia Karvelas questions Tanya Plibersek. Picture: ABCSource:ABC Putting on a straight face, Ms Plibersek quickly denied Mr Shorten was a “liability” for the party. “Not at all,” Ms Plibersek said. “The reason we are stable and united is because of Bill’s leadership. The reason we have such a comprehensive agenda to take us into government, if we are successful, is because of Bill’s leadership. “He has got a very experienced team that is united and … [Read more...] about Federal election 2019: Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms May 18 election date