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Oct 22, 2014

Headless, Blood Red, Half-and-Half: Kali-doscope in one Kolkata neighbourhood

Durga Puja is the mother of all festivals in Kolkata. But in the neighbourhood of Chetla, Kali Puja is queen. And each form of Kali is different from the next - blood red Rakta Chamunda to headless Chhinnamasta to even one in the colours of a football team. #Chetla #Diwali #Diwali 2014 #Diwali2014 #Firhad Hakim #Kali #Kali deities #Kali Puja #Kolkata #Trinamool

Oct 21, 2014

Why are Indians so racist? Because we don’t talk about it!

We would like to thing we grew more race-ignorant than racist. But obviously we managed to acquire plenty of racist baggage from somewhere along the way. #African immigrants #attacks on people from Northeast #ConnectTheDots #CultureDecoder #Delhi #Gurgaon #India #Northeast #Racism #Racist #United States of America

Oct 18, 2014

Despite playing victim, PM Modi knows how to use the media to his advantage

While Modi likes to play victim by media, he actually plays the media with a canniness rare among modern Indian politicians. Mamata berates the media. Jayalalithaa ignores it. Rahul confuses it. But Modi understands new media, 24x7 media, the power of the visual image like few politicians do. #ConnectTheDots #Manmohan Singh #Media #Modi #Narendra Modi #Rahul Gandhi #Swachh Bharay Abhiyan #TV shows #victim

Oct 17, 2014

The 1.8 crore question: Is Mamata Banerjee India’s most underrated artist?

Move over Dadaism. In Bengal it's the age of Didi-ism. As the CBI probes whether or not someone paid Rs 1.8 crore for Mamata Banerjee's art, the time has come to look at the career of India's most underrated amateur painter. #CultureDecoder #Mamata #Mamata Banerjee #Mamata Banerjee painting #Mamata Banerjee paintings #Mamata paintings #Saradha #TMC #Trinamool #Trinamool Congress

Oct 15, 2014

The moral of Meerut: Love makes a fool of all, even a jihad-obsessed BJP

Society has drawn those sexual lakshmanrekhas, and young lovers have willfully crossed them since time immemorial. True love, as de Rougemont observes, would not exist without its obstacles. It is, in fact, forged by obstacles. #BJP #honour killings #HowThisWorks #India #Lakshmanrekha #Love jihad #Meerut #Meerut love jihad case #Neha Dixit #Saif Ali Khan #Saifeena #Tara Shadeo

Oct 14, 2014

Mr Foreign Hand: Kailash Satyarthi now gets bashed for Nobel Peace Prize

Modi himself met with Nobel Peace awardee Kailash Satyarthi, said the entire nation was proud of his “momentous achievement.” But others were less gracious. ##KailashSatyarthi #child rights activist #Kailash Satyarthi #Madhu Kishwar #Malala Yousafzai #Nobel Peace Prize #Twitterati #WhyNow

Oct 13, 2014

Putting fatafati into football: ISL tries to out-wow IPL

While the entertainment is tamasha, its slickness is part of the package, the image makeover for Indian football. It wants to put the fatafati into fatafati football. #Atletico de Kolkata #football #Indian Super League 2014 #IPL #ISL #ISL 2014 #Luis Garcia #Mamata Banerjee #Mumbai City FC #Nita Ambani #Priyanka Chopra #Ranbir Kapoor #Sourav Ganguly

Oct 11, 2014

Poor Satya Nadella! His recent gaffe shows Karma hurts

Let’s give this to Nadella. As soon as he realized the foot was well and truly in the mouth, he apologized unconditionally. #Equal Pay #Feminism #JustSaying #Microsoft #Satya Nadella #sexism #Women

Oct 11, 2014

Why the Nobel Peace Prize is a red-faced moment for Pakistan and India

Even as we puff up with pride about the joint Indo-Pak Nobel we have to admit that this award is rather embarrassing on both sides of the border albeit for different reasons. ##KailashSatyarthi #India #InMyOpinion #Kailash Satyarthi #Malala Yousafzai #Nobel #Nobel Peace Prize #Pakistan