• jersey Arré Checklist: What Your IPL Team Says About You

    If you are still part of the Whistle Podu Parishad, you are a loyalist who doesn’t switch allegiances even in the face of a two-year ban. And you are a true Royal Challenger, if you believe in the power of Anushka Sharma’s birthday.

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  • Person of the Week: The Karnataka Voter

    If the country were a pot full of biryani right now, Karnataka would be the leg piece. And the voters are the ones who decide who gets this juiciest of morsels. Fame is fleeting, and for just one weekend, the voter of this southern state enjoys the tag being the weather vane for the rest of the country.

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  • How To Survive a Long-Distance Relationship with Your Parents

    Nobody told me that moving out of the house would mean enduring a long-distance relationship with my extremely inquisitive parents. Mom calls me every day at 7.30 am to gossip about the neighbours. Dad, in a pretence at being fake-casual cool, pings to find out what am I up to after work.

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  • CondomAdvertisements When Mom Finds Your Condom

    Neither the Government of India, nor your mother wants you to discover condoms. But what happens when mom finds one in your pocket?

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  • Maharana Pratap’s Open Letter to Bollywood

    Where is my bloody movie? Yes I’ve had a television show and a few cringe-worthy patriotic films to my name, but I think that my life is dramatically apt for a biopic’s screenplay.

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  • KarnatakaElections What the Karnataka Result Tells Us About Our Option for 2019

    India has been watching the Karnataka election closely because it serves as the barometer for what we’ll witness in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. But what are our options, really? Because at this point – give or take a few personalities – the BJP and the Congress are increasingly beginning to look like the same party.

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  • BSB Backstreet Boys: The Shared Embarrassment of Our Childhood

    The Backstreet Boys, the best-selling boy band in history, have just dropped a new single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. It’s a reminder that no matter how cool we now consider ourselves – working out of hipster cafés, watching subtitle-only films – we are the generation that once adored BSB.

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  • Hey Liberal Optimists, Wake Up and Smell the Saffron

    Since the 2014 election, a certain breed of citizens has watched from the sidelines as “their country” was swept by the BJP wave: the liberal optimist. A good liberal optimist remains ensconced in their ivory tower, is woke to global affairs but disconnected from the pulse of the nation, and is shocked by the Karnataka verdict.

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  • familyphotoalbum The Death of the Family Photo Album

    There was a time when cameras would be kept away in our parents’ closets until a special occasion arrived. Today however, our cameras are perpetually out capturing everything from our morning grump to our Swiggy meal.

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  • ParentsvsTechnology Kabhi Laptop, Kabhie Phone: It’s All About Teaching Your Parents

    As our parents slowly embrace technology, the children end up becoming the teachers. But, as we all know, children can be real assholes.

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  • Race3 Fitoor Mishra Ki CommentArré: Disgrace 3

    Salman Rojgar Yojna ki nayi peshkash, Disgrace 3. Kyunki their business is their business, nobody else's business. #Race3Trailer

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  • karnatakaelectionskarnatakaelectionsBJPCongressJDSNarendraModiAmitShahdramaEktaKapoorNetflixYeddyurappaserialnarcosepisodeIndia Hey Netflix, Ditch Narcos. The Karnataka Elections Deserve a Show

    News reports, think pieces, and analysis aren’t doing the cliffhanger elections in Karnataka any justice. With all the absurd drama that has unfolded this week, our netas deserve their own multi-genre TV show – working title, Kar-Naatak, The Wild Wild State.

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  • How BJP Won Over “Anti-Hindi” Karnataka

    Despite mix-ups and fumbling translators, PM Modi and his right-hand man Amit Shah won over Karnataka using the language the state has campaigned against – Hindi and its imposition. BJP’s victory has been despite the language barrier, and it is only going to add to the strongman aura that Modi and Shah enjoy.

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  • RaaziMovieReview Raazi: A Deshbhakti Film that Shows the Ugly Side of Patriotism

    For a film that has clouds of nationalism overpowering every frame, the implication that patriotism is a choice – one that the protagonists are not even offered – is a brave one to make. Yet it seamlessly fits in. For Meghna Gulzar has ensured Raazi isn’t a patriotic film. Instead, it’s a film about the aftermath of patriotism.

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  • The Monument Adoptathon: Will Mortein Now Swat Taj’s Mosquitoes?

    Taking a cue from the Red Fort, which will now be maintained by Dalmia Bharat, we should outsource the upkeep of all our monuments to private bodies. Hopefully Mortein will drive away Taj Mahal’s mosquitoes, and maybe Burnol can work as a balm for Chittorgarh Fort.

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  • bestbuses Arré Checklist: What I’ll Miss About BEST, the Mumbaikar’s Ferrari

    With privatisation, BEST buses are due to undergo a Pimp My Ride-style facelift. A swank new fleet will be introduced this month. But without the badass drivers and rude conductors, riding a bus will be like having a vada-pao without garlic chutney.

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  • Indigestion The ABC of Bengali Indigestion

    The lives of the big-eyed, gentle-faced, and maach-guzzling Bengalis are marred by a potent shadow of the world’s most deadly dose of ABC – ambol (acidity), bodhojom (indigestion), and constipation. It’s no wonder then, that the easiest way to a Bengali’s appetite is through a strip of Digene.

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  • karnataka What Does CM Yeddyurappa Want from Karnataka? Swalpa Adjust Maadi!

    Karnataka is synonymous with a phrase: “Swalpa adjust maadi”. Adjust a little, please. The people of the state, particularly the capital Bangalore, bring this attitude to everything: To the rapid transformation of the city, to the current churn in the formation of the state government.

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  • deadpool2reviewHollywoodsuperheroMarvelDCRyanReynoldsdeadpoolAvengersInfinitywar Deadpool 2: A Film So Meta It is Its Own Review

    Deadpool 2 manages to make fun of several Marvel superheroes, the entire DC Universe, the people who make all these movies, and the viewers. It is a reminder of how absurd our obsession with comic book superheroes is.

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  • Person of the Week: President Ram Nath Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind was too busy to spare three hours to hand over the National Awards, leading to protests from award-winning film technicians. And for that, he is our Person of the Week.

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  • thunderstorm Kabhi Thunderstorm, Kabhie Flood: The Making of an Indian Apocalypse Movie

    The Bollywood apocalypse movie begins with a MET warning, but given its previous history with predictions, no one believes them. This doomsday scenario and everyone’s complete ignorance to it, is articulated through a Malaika Arora item song about living life to the fullest.

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  • Promiscuous Why You Should Swipe Right on Promiscuity Before Marriage

    “Sowing your wild oats” is an age-old, regressive idea ascribed to young men before the “settle down” phase. I’ve never set store by it, but watching my young friends seek sex outside marriage, I wonder if there is something to the theory. If we don’t play the field enough before shaadi, will we experience FOMO?

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  • Official CEOgiri Episode 5 – Season Finale

    "I don't think hum logon ko iss baat se farak padna chahiye ke log humare baare mein kya sochte hai. What’s more important is what we think about ourselves." Has Dilawar Rana finally saved Analog? Find out in the season finale of Official CEOgiri.

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  • AMU Protest: Why We Can’t Erase Muhammad Ali Jinnah From History

    The controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait goes to the heart of how we choose to remember our historical figures. Jinnah has a complicated legacy – but we’ve just given him the same treatment we gave to Fawad Khan and the Pakistani cricket team.

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  • 102NotOut 102 Not Out: Rishtey Mein Toh Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hain, Kaam Hai Nagging

    In a culture that still relies on the problematic viewing of children as their parents' property, 102 Not Out encourages pressurising the younger generation into fulfilling dual obligations of being both a caregiver and caretaker at the peak of their youth.

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  • The Sexpert Checks In

    If sperm is poured into a vagina from a bottle could it result in a child? In a country that's largely silent on sex, our “home truth” columns say a lot.

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  • Why Ranveer Singh is the Deadpool Dubbed Hollywood Movies Deserve

    Ranveer Singh, voicing the title character of Deadpool 2, is a step in the right direction for Hollywood movies dubbed in Hindi. Hopefully, we’re done with the days when James Bond would walk into a bar and order a Patiala Chivas.

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  • No Entry for Tagore’s Kabuliwala

    “The Kabuliwala” now feels like a quaint little timepiece that stopped working a long time ago. In today’s world, Harry Potter seems less far-fetched than the beloved story.

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  • AirHostess The Air Hostess Diaries

    Indian fliers are an air hostess’s worst nightmare. They are impolite and impatient. They try to jump queues, pick fights with fellow passengers, and ogle at the crew.

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  • I’m an Indian & I’ll Be There By Sharp Late O’Clock

    As Indians, we know time is fluid, which makes things difficult for us punctual ones. Once I managed to reach an hour late only to realise that, no matter how late you are, others will be later still. We have to be the only nation where everyone is in such a tearing hurry and yet always behind schedule.

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