Picture scenario One. Lollita is lolling in the living room, smartphone in hand, wish-list in the head and frown on the forehead, tapping the touchscreen fast and furious. Fast, because, on the one hand, she’s chattering into a Zoom call with her literati gang and with the other hand she’s frantically keying into the iPad her Long List of groceries, confectioneries or toiletries, to be appended to Lamba ji’s Long Short List for Big Basket. Furious, because of the insanely irritating responses she is begetting from Lamba ji, who is babbling on his Zoom with the office guy gang. … [Read more...] about Witerati: My Big Loud Indian Boom on Zoom
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By the time Grace Lalkhawngaihi, now 31, joined Lady Shri Ram, many colleges were putting together advanced a cappella sets and taking them to college festivals. But for Grace, who grew up in Aizawl, Mizoram, a cappella was nothing new. A cappella choirs have been around in the North East since the 1980s and ’90s – two a cappella-only albums had even been released back then! … [Read more...] about Are you ready for a cappella?
Four years later, while Akki continued his stint as Khiladi, Juhi was relegated to playing his didi married to a greedy Mohinish Bahl in Suneel Darshan’s trite family drama, Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love. … [Read more...] about PIX: Kabhi sweethearts kabhi siblings!
The Nanavati case has intrigued Indians over the decades and so, it's not surprising that Akshay picked it up and instilled a strong dose of patriotism in it. … [Read more...] about Akshay Kumar’s TOP 10 HITS
Could the caste system have originated from the Harappans? Indians have an uncomfortable relationship with the sanitary system. We have permitted and even justified manual scavenging. A place where the latrine is not connected to the drainage system and so humans have to come into the back alleys of homes, clear excrement from toilets, and then carry it out of the village. Those who were forced to do this job as part of caste duties and karma were called ‘untouchables’. They were not even given respect for the forced service extracted for the benefit of the community. It is ironic then that India has the privilege of the oldest and most sophisticated sewer system seen anywhere in the world. The Harappan civilisation thrived in northwest India 4,500 years ago. It had over five major cities, 100 towns and 1,000 villages, with a population of five million. This was 20 per cent of the world’s population, 4,000 years ago. They had a sanitation system. Every house had a … [Read more...] about Who is a Hindu? Dark secrets of the sewers of Harappa