Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Here comes winter!

Photo Sources:

Vikram: Filmibeat.com; Ranveer Singh: Indian Express; Akshay Kumar: Financial Express; Mammootty: Filmibeat.com; Suniel Shetty: Hindustan Times; Jr NTR: Filmibeat.com; Nivin Pauly: Filmibeat.com; Ram Charan: mirchi9.com.

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Stories That Influenced Me: The Boy Who Loved Street Food

6714250699_ca627e03d8_nThis story had appeared in children’s magazine Lotpot. A young boy was very fond of Indian fast food, or rather street food — chaat, samosa, tikki and so on. Every other day he would demand his father to take him to the stalls offering such spicy delicacies.  His father resisted a lot, but had to surrender. His mother would teach him how eating street food was not healthy, and even went to the extent of offering to make some of those snacks at home itself. But the boy didn’t listen. He did not find the same flavour in home made snacks as found in street food. In fact, he was completely addicted to the street food. His parents were very worried, but could not figure out how to deal with the problem. Continue reading

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Manohar Lal Khattar’s photo source: Twitter, Arvind Kejriwal’s photo source: Twitter, Amarinder Singh’s photo source: Punjab Tribune.

See, for example:

Delhi air pollution: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants meeting with Amarinder Singh and M L Khattar, The Indian Express, 8 November 2017.

Khattar asks Kejriwal what have you done to end stubble burning, The Indian Express, 13 November 2017.

Delhi smog: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh refuses to meet Arvind Kejriwal, says has no time, The Indian Express, 15 November 2017.

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Stories That Influenced Me: Foreword

4151100524_9e9d933e33_nA question is generally asked — Does literature have any social responsibility or is it yet another means of aesthetic pleasure? In fact, this question is asked not just about literature, instead about all arts. However, in this post I would not go into the debate on this issue. Continue reading

The Rise and Rise of Babas and Gurus

32973003922_4f3ef49022_nOver the last few months we came across several news items one after another related to what could be called as ‘parallel’ religion. The enormity of the issues was such great and the coverage in media was so exhaustive that not much is left for me to add. In addition to reporting the developments in the cases, there have also been thorough analyses and commentaries on various aspects of the issue. Continue reading