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  • alibmxsuperstar Ali Oneway | A Day With India's 6-Year Old BMX Superstar

    Ali Sayed, a 6-year-old Mumbai boy, does extreme BMX stunts, skates, and hangs out with Emiway buntai. In his free time, he also goes to school. How does he make the time? Check out this video and samajh me aayega.

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  • How Rakhi Sawant, the OG Queen of Cringe and Camp Lost Her Crown

    Rakhi Sawant introduced us to camp, but today – amid the rise of cringe-pop stars like Dhinchak Pooja and the growing popularity of TikTok – we see many versions of her. Sawant’s space in the spotlight is shrinking, as everyone clamours to be on the same stage as her.

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  • Farewell, Alyque Padamsee, the Original Mad Man of Mumbai

    Alyque Padamsee donned many hats: Actor, theatre director, ad-man. In the Mad Men-like world of Indian advertising in the ’80s and ’90s, Padamsee was the masala version of Don Draper. The man who gave us the “Liril girl” was nothing short of a god in advertising.

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  • Bawaria Arrests, Intimidation, and Torture: What Life is Like for India’s Formerly “Criminal” Tribes

    In many parts of North India, across western UP, parts of Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan, the term Bawaria still elicits fear among people. The tribe continues to be stereotyped as the one which treats crime as a way of life, a narrative fully supported by the police.

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  • Your Uber Will Be Striking Shortly

    As commuters, we go off on frequent rants about how Uber and Ola drivers are always late, how they can never find the destination, or how rude they can be. But your Uber drivers are people too. And if the ongoing strike is any indication, they’ve had it with the app.

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  • Campus Ka King Kaun? College Watchmen

    From confiscating phones, threatening to tattle on people smoking outside the campus, refusing entry to students, and making up rules on the fly, the college watchman is more powerful than the principal.

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  • dipakmisra The Mixed Legacy of Justice Dipak Misra

    Today is CJI Dipak Misra's last day as top judge. He will be remembered as the judge who scrapped Section 377 – but his legacy will be shrouded by the impeachment motion and the Justice Loya investigation.

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  • Meet Menaka Guruswamy, the Wonder Woman Who Helped Win the 377 Case

    Seven decades ago, one generation of freedom fighters drove British colonisers away from this country. Today, another generation has seen one of their lingering relics off for good. Menaka Guruswamy is one of the many participants who’ve helped win us the right to love who we want.

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  • The Poet Who Belongs to Everyone: Finding Gulzar Wherever I Go

    With Gulzar, the more you discover, the more you crave. Even when I didn’t know it, Gulzar was all around. That is how enmeshed his songs and lyrics are in our lives – and how our lives are reflected in them.

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  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The Last of the Moderates

    We’ll remember Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the leader with a great capacity for reflection. Unlike so many men in positions of power today, Vajpayee admitted to mistakes, fallibility, and even the odd misplaced idea at times. Forget being a moderate – in the times that we occupy, he now feels like a pacifist.

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