Culture

  • Namaz, Iftar, and Badminton: The Little Rituals of the Ramzan of My Childhood

    In most other places, people welcome Ramzan by hanging lanterns on their windows or lighting up the streets. But in Mumbai’s Byculla, children welcome the holy month by fishing for a battered old pair of badminton racquet and as many shuttlecocks as they can lay their hands on.

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  • metgala Who Made You the Fashion Police of the Met Gala?

    Aside from squealing over Baby Taimur’s adventures in micro-fashion, most of us don’t know the first thing about clothes. But on a few special nights of the year, like the Met Gala, even the most fashionably challenged among us become a leading authority on French couture.

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  • hindilanguage Hum, Tum, Aur Aap: Why the Insipid “You” Can Never Match the Intimacy of Hindi Pronouns

    People seeped in the homogeneity of English and its pervading usage of “you” may rarely notice the gravitas that pronouns can lend to a language. But in Hindi, pronouns define more than people: They define regions, cultures, levels of civility, and even intimacy.

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  • Half Girlfriend, Complete Moron: The Anatomy of a Chetan Bhagat Heroine

    It’s not just real-life women with whom Chetan Bhagat seems to share a tetchy relationship. The author’s heroines are always one-dimensional, unattainable college girls. They are quite stupid when it comes to matters of the heart — which is why they inevitably end up with one of Bhagat’s douchebag protagonists.

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  • libraries Are Neighbourhood Libraries Just Bait For Nostalgia?

    In the age of e-books, the purpose of a library, whose datedness once gave a neighbourhood character, is probably only to invoke nostalgia. We feel sad when our neighbourhood libraries die, but we do little to ensure they survive.

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  • lostatkumbh Lost At Kumbh ft Shreya Mehta

    Rekha Gupta always dreamed about attending the #KumbhMela with her family one day. Unfortunately, when she finally made it, it turned into a nightmare, after she lost sight of both her daughters. Watch her story in "#LostAtKumbh" ft Shreya Mehta. #KumbhMela2019 #DaburAmlaRishteyMazboot

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  • holimemories Gujiyas, Steel Pichkaris & Tesu Ke Phool: A Plea to Bring Back Holi Like It Used to Be

    My idea of Holi is old-school Bollywood – pristine white kurtas, do chutki wale rangon ki thaali, and homemade gujiyas with kanji. No synthetic colours, just some good old gulaal. No DJwale babus, but a few neighbourhood women singing folk songs.

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  • rajdhani 50 Years of Rajdhani: India’s Original Social Network

    A country is often defined by the way it travels, and for India, the Rajdhani has served as the quintessential vehicle. The train, which has turned 50, has earned near-cult status as a wistful compromise between affordability and indulgence.

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  • instakumbh Insta Kumbh with Digital Baba

    Iss modern Kumbh mein jahan shraddha hai wahan WiFi bhi hai. Digital Baba Swami Ram Shankar maante hain ki youth Kumbh tak pahunche na pahunche, Kumbh youth tak zaroor pahunchega.

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  • What's Up With India's Suhaag Raat Obsession?

    If there's one thing Indians know how to do well, it's the shaadi. And it all builds up to the hallowed first night -- with kesar doodh and a literal bed of roses. Stay with us through the big night, as we ask: What's Up With India's Suhaag Raat Obsession?

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