• mumbaicity Minimum City: How I Tried Convincing My Firang Friend that Mumbai is a Great City

    A Caucasian friend who recently visited Mumbai, did not fall for our famed spirit. I took it upon myself to convince him about Mumbai’s magic, and shoved him inside a kaali-peeli, after realising that Uber was charging a surge price, and showed him the glorious BKC, Bandra, and uh, the cooler parts of Colaba.

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  • farmloanwaivers Is It Cruel to Question Farm Loan Waivers?

    The farm loan waiver is the political Brahmastra, the Draw Four card you play just before the other guy is about to shout “Uno!” because it’s a lot easier to keep farmers on the brink of financial ruin and then sprinkle waivers around to remind them which political party really cares.

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  • bollywoodfriendship Mujhse Dosti Karoge: What Bollywood Gets Wrong about Friendships

    Hindi cinema made us believe that friends are forever and that dosti comes without an expiry date. But life’s not all Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Dil Chahta Hai. Friendship requires work and filmy fundas such as “Pyaar dosti hai” and “No sorry, no thank you” are flawed.

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  • mpparliament Wife of MP Who Cancelled Vacation to Attend Parliament Upset With Him

    The wife of a parliamentarian is reportedly angry with him after he cancelled vacation plans to attend the winter session. Sources say she had scouted the perfect package for a year-end vacation to Italy, but he refused to go saying he had work.

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  • Dear T-Pain, “Brown Twitter” Really? FYI, 500 Million Indians Use the Internet

    T-Pain allegedly plagiarised Arijit Singh’s “Tum Hi Ho” and then lashed out at “brown Twitter” after the internet outrage. Only if the rapper knew that India has the second-largest internet population in the world. Mr T-Pain, you weren’t throwing shade at some geeks sitting on the sole computer in a hamlet.

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  • salaryequalpay Why Do Women Suck at Negotiating Salaries?

    Why do so many women settle for lowball salary offers, far under the value that our experience merits? For all our idealism and outspoken feminism, when it is time to bat for ourselves in the most elementary of ways, why do we consistently fail ourselves?

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  • Farmeragitation Loan-Waiver Schemes Got 99 Problems. And Implementation is One

    As Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath announced loan waivers for his state's farmers, the demand across the country has only gotten louder. With the general elections a few months away, the governments might just cave in. But while farm loan waivers might make good political sense, do they make good moral and economic sense?

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  • Why Women Are Afraid of Calling Out Toxic Women Bosses

    In progressive industries like mine, few women want to complain against another woman. How was I going to admit, even to myself, that my powerful female boss was a monster, while simultaneously complaining about the lack of women in leadership positions?

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  • 2018: The Year India Vilified Jawaharlal Nehru

    Last month, PM Modi derisively referred to the “leader who wore a rose” as one who had knowledge of gardens, but was ignorant of the plight of farmers. Even as 2018 winds to a close, India’s right wing hasn’t gotten tired of unloading on its favourite punching bag, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru.

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  • bengalmamatabanerjeefood Maa, Mati, Mangsho: Lessons for the BJP on Why You Shouldn’t Tell a Bengali Voter What to Eat

    In Bengal, food is the only religion that matters. And in the current scheme of things, Mamata Banerjee is the head priestess at the altar of this all-powerful reigning deity. If the BJP wants to make inroads in the state, it needs to understand that trying to tell a Bengali what he should eat for lunch is a terrible idea.

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