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The Neo Jholawallahs

Divakar Sankhla is an IIM, Lucknow and IIT, Madras passout. As he gets ready for his work, he gives a final touch to his presentation which is loaded with ‘numbers’. An hour later, he is at his wo..

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Start up for India’s future

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other ..

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Changing face of social media

First thing Suresh Prasad does in the morning is to check his phone. Even before he asks wife for bed tea, he updates himself on whatever has transpired in past 8-10 hours, when he was asleep. And he doesn’t do that by switching on TV news, but checking the social media first. A marketing executive with a white good...

The eye of the vedas

It is for a reason that Jyotisha is referred to as the ‘eye of the vedas’. It is a lens through which one can perceive the knowledge of the finite and infinite.A route to understand the divine forces at play and see an underlying order in the apparent chaos of life. The approach to understanding the cosmos has to b...

Charms for the charmers

BATUK MAHARAJ, a high-flying astrologer character, played by Saurabh Shukla in the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai, gives a satirical insight into superstitions and the control of an astrologer over his Powerful client. This reel character gives real life glimpses of many celebrities. Their faith and beliefs are underscored ...

Diary of a middlewoman

HER phone rang sharply. Even in her sleep, she recognized the ring tone; she had deliberately kept the song ‘Who the f**k is Alice?’ as the time for her boss. She knew it must not be later than 6 am because that was the time he called every day, even on weekends and holidays. All these thoughts didn’t take mor...

Bribe taking & uncle j

THE judiciary is in crisis. There is a need to make judges appointment more transparent, end the phenomenon of “Uncle Judges” and crackdown on corruption The arrest of a senior civil judge and her husband in Delhi over allegations of bribe taking to settle a property case, has exposed the working and functioning ...

End of yadav raj?

THE push within Samajwadi Party has come to a shove. Literally. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the party’s state president Shivpal Yadav, pushed each other, snatched microphone from the other and called names. Shivpal called Akhilesh a liar. No chief minister has ever been thus humiliated, abused and...

Forgetting for stalwarts

THE Congress party is extremely jealous about claiming the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, though the Father of the Nation belongs to the whole of India. In fact, the legacy of the apostle of peace, the wonder of the modern world, transcends national borders. But for the Congress party, the Mahatma is its own icon. Under th...

Bollywood actresses getting their due

Women’s Lib in Bollywood? We’re not talking about female stars burning their bras but about Deepika Padukone getting paid Rs. 12 crore to act in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati! Word is she set the 12 crore bar, not Mr. Bhansali, who paid up. Then there’s Piggy Chops (Priyanka Chopra) who char...

New hope new direction

THE New Education Policy (NEP) intended to match the economic growth and social development goals of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, was expected to be out by end 2015. Looks like it would now get delayed by a year, and implementation could take place just before the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. With ...

Loving dalits is hard

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently grabbed unprecedented media headlines after his extraordinary condemnation of a group of right-wing militants masquerading as cow vigilantes. On 6 August, while addressing a ‘town hall’ style interaction with an invited audience in Delhi, Modi rebuked the so-called ‘gau-raksh...