• The Many Crimes of Atishi Marlena

    Whining liberals are crying as if they’ve lost a hero of the calibre of PM Modi. But who is this Atishi Marlena, except for a topper from one of the country’s best colleges and a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford who drew a massive salary of ₹1, for her role as advisor to the Delhi government?

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  • Why We Should Not Be Sleeping with Our Friends

    Friends with benefits is an amazing concept – in theory. Everyone loves sex with no strings attached, but in reality, it rarely works without leaving its scars on your emotional psyche. By the end, you’re left with way too many harrowing questions and no one left to answer them.

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  • No Baby, No Cry: What it Means to be Childfree by Choice

    Society finds it hard to respect a woman’s choice in several matters of sex and marriage, but the decision to not have children is beyond the pale. How can you not be a mother? Isn’t it going against your DNA as a woman and your purpose on this planet?

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  • An Honest Letter from Manmohan Singh to Mr Modi

    Modiji, you and I have many things in common: The Prime Ministerial office and silence. We are also men of vikas, who believe in economic theory. How else do you have the courage for bold ideas like economic liberalism or demonetisation?

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  • Bow Wow, Mumbai: The City Through the Eyes of its Strays

    Some of Mumbai’s many stories reside with its stray dogs. A new picture book on our canine compatriots, gloriously named Tamatar or Periappa or Whiskey, tells us a lot about the city’s streeties – and a fair bit about us.

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  • Dating in Your 30s With the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    The beginning of every new romance is laden with the prospect of a different kind of “ghosting” – where the thoughts, memories, and spirits of our past partners haunt our present affairs.

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  • Help Me! My Father is a Bhakt

    I don’t recall my father ever displaying any obvious political preferences, but the turning point came during the 2014 Modi wave. Our mini flare-ups soon escalated into full-blown brawls, and conversations began to end the way they do on the internet, with me being labelled a naive Congi.

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  • Kathua Girl and the Legacy of Rape as a Political Tool

    Unlike the Dec 16 Delhi and Shakti Mills cases, the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from Kathua was not merely driven by bestial desires. The assault on the minor marks an unabashed infliction of sexual violence as a tool of war – reminiscent of some of the most disturbing phases of history.

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  • boroline The Great Bong Love Affair With Boroline

    An indispensable asset of every Bengali, whether they are probashi, bheto, nyaka, or ghoti is their absolute dependency on the wide-ranging powers of the handy Boroline. For us, it’s not just an ointment, but a way of life; just like aloor chop on a Sunday evening or a KKR match at Eden Gardens.

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  • Ambedkar When Did Ambedkar Jayanti Start Getting the Rohit Shetty Treatment?

    I was born in a Dalit family, and Ambedkar Jayanti was nothing short of Diwali for us. April 14 was a day of music and quiet pride. Over the years, however, the day has transformed. It is no longer the underdog indie; it is now a big, gaudy Rohit Shetty film.

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