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    Lena Dunham empowered her actors to act through their bodies. In the six years that I’ve followed Girls, it has made me not cringe at my own nudity.

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  • BananasthatImpregnateandOtherFoodMyths Bananas that Impregnate and Other Food Myths

    The mythology of food in India is storied and the best fables revolve around pregnancy. Twins, some believe, are the result of eating twin bananas – fruit that has the power to impregnate a man.

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  • TheSwiftRiseandFallofArvindKejriwal The Swift Rise and Fall of Arvind Kejriwal

    With great hope comes greater disappointment. The Delhi CM’s meteoric rise has been just as speedy as his fall appears to be, if the AAP routing in the MCD elections is any indication.

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  • ArvindKejriwal The Misadventures of Arvind Kejriwal

    How did Kejriwal go from a human flamethrower of truth to the bro selling conspiracies on the streets of Delhi? The story of India’s most precious common man.

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  • TheSilverLiningsofMyBad-DateBook-DatingDisasters The Silver Linings of My Bad-Date Book

    Bad dates teach us lessons about our wants. By the simple logic of mathematics, the more you know about what you don’t want, the closer you are to figuring out what you want.

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  • Religion The Father, the Son, and the Holy Rave Party

    After attending prayer meetings where people go into epileptic tizzies, I’ve come to the conclusion that a religious gathering is nothing more than a rave party for the faithful.

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  • KashmirsAnthemsofAzadi-KashmirConflict Kashmir’s Anthems of Azadi

    The protest slogan is a political art form, and in Kashmir, they’ve been honing it for centuries.

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  • Pride and Pedicures

    Beauty parlours in small-town India were a refuge for women, where they walked in and shed everything, from their clothes to centuries of inhibition. But the advent of big, branded salons has encroached upon that safe space.

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  • MyDaredevilDoppelgnger My Daredevil Doppelgänger

    The “brand new” SIM card I’d got in April last year, belonged to another woman before me. She also had almost the same name. And it turned out that she led a rather colourful – unhinged – life.

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  • LoveintheTimeofName-DroppingMrquez-GabrielGarcaMrquez Love in the Time of Name-Dropping Márquez

    Before reading Gabriel García Márquez, I had no idea that one was allowed to write like that. I have lived a different life because I’ve read his books.

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