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Sandip Roy and Lakshmi Chaudhry are Firstpost editors. They take a wide angled view on society, popular culture and books, offering counter-intuitive views on a wide range of subjects. Chaudhry has worked and written for a number of publications both in the United States and India, including Salon, the Nation, Wired, Vogue, Elle and Open magazine. Roy is also a commentator for National Public Radio in the US, and has written for Huffington Post, New America Media, San Francisco Chronicle, India Abroad among others.

Nov 8, 2011

Love, sex and the dhoka of pushing the envelope in Bollywood

No sex please, we're Indian. That old saying has gone out of the window in Bollywood. Indian cinema is stripping down and getting to business. But does that mean it's all grown up now? #Aarakshan #Anurag Kashyap #Bollywood #Censorship #FilmCrit #Imran Khan #Paoli Dam #Prakash Jha #sex and bollywood #SexMatters #ThinkFest

Nov 8, 2011

The corruption gene: Are Indians culturally wired to be corrupt?

We often say corruption is a cancer on our society. What if this is literally true? Have the very same cultural traits that define us – and even enable us to rise and shine – produced a cancerous growth of venality and greed? #Corruption #liberalisaton #Pavan Varma #Siddharth Mukherjee #ThinkFest

Nov 7, 2011

Politicians can learn from how Team Anna used social media: Tharoor

One of India's most media savvy politicians Shashi Tharoor grades Team Anna's political movement for the Jan Lokpal Bill. #Anna Hazare #Congress #JanLokpal #Shashi Tharoor #social media #Team Anna #ThinkFest #Twitter

Nov 7, 2011

Seven ways India can rescue Pakistan

Can India and Pakistan live together peacefully? But Mani Shankar Aiyar reminds us that the current European Union would have sounded as impossible hundred years ago. #India #Jammu and Kashmir #Mani Shankar Aiyar #Pakistan #Pervez Hoodbhoy #ThinkFest

Nov 6, 2011

Aamir Khan: Breaking the Rules

Polite, engaged, charming, with a dash of un-fake humility, Khan seems the very antithesis of anyone’s idea of a rule-breaker. #Aamir Khan #Kiran Rao #Lagaan #Tarun Tejpal #ThinkFest

Nov 5, 2011

Arvind Kejriwal: ‘Anna is not India. India is not Anna’

A whooping, hollering audience cheered both sides, as Arvind Kejriwal and his fellow RTI activist Shekhar Singh went back-and-forth on the virtues and follies of the Hazare movement. #Anna Hazare #Arvind Kejriwal #Lokpal Bill #ThinkFest

Nov 5, 2011

What ails America: Tom Friedman’s diagnosis of a superpower in crisis

What do you get when you put globalisation's biggest cheerleader, Thomas Friedman on the same stage as India's most articulate left-leaning intellectual, Pratap Bhanu Mehta? A surprising absence of disagreement. #Pratap Bhanu Mehta #The World Is Flat #ThinkFest #Thomas Friedman

Nov 5, 2011

What writing can do that nothing else can: Naipaul

If there is a grand old man of letters at the Goa Thinkfest it's undoubtedly VS Naipaul. When he appeared on stage, chatting with Tarun Tejpal, he was in a kindly grandfather mode, happily playing a twinkling indulgent Yoda to Tejpal's Hans Solo. #Charles Dickens #Literature #ThinkFest #V. S. Naipaul #VS Naipaul

Nov 4, 2011

When Gadkari the person, overshadowed Gadkari the politician

It was a different Nitin Gadkari on view in Goa — funny, relaxed and charming, he revealed his softer side. #Bharatiya Janata Party #Hindutva #Maharashtra #Narendra Modi #Nitin Gadkari #ThinkFest

Nov 4, 2011

Siddhartha Mukherjee on Steve Jobs: His death was a failure of imagination

A five star line up of authors, intellectuals, biz tycoons, actors, politicians and more have gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Goa as part of Thinkfest. #Barkha Dutt #Columbia University #Hasan M. Elahi #India #Newsweek #Siddhartha Mukherjee #Steve Jobs #Tehelka