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Jun 23, 2014

Can Air India be worthy of its Maharaja again?

It’s clear that Air India is carrying far more problematic baggage than its supposedly elitist mascot. The friendly Maharaja might be the only positive for the beleagured airline, a nostalgic tribute to forgotten services. #Aam Aadmi #air india #Air India Maharaja #civil aviation in India #CultureDecoder #Indian Airlines #InMyOpinion #Maharaja #Maharaja mascot

Jun 20, 2014

Hic Hic Hurray, not? Indians are drinking less whisky

India's love affair with whisky has been knocked down a few pegs. The growth in whisky drinking is slowing down. There's no danger it will dry up but our relationship with whisky is changing. As Facebook would say it's complicated. #Amrish Puri #Cocktails #CultureDecoder #dry days #Economic liberalisation in India #Honey Singh #Indians drinking whisky #Khushwant Singh #Single malt whisky #Vodka #whisky #Whisky drinking in India

Jun 18, 2014

Not quite a superstar: The unbearable niceness of Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit has come back to the screen and avoided weepy mother roles. But could she become a bona fide superheroine whose name actually impacts the film like a Meryl Streep in Hollywood? #Dedh Ishqiya #Gulabi Gang #Jhalak Dikhla Jaa #Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 7 #Karan Johar #Madhuri Dixit #madhuri Dixit as reality show judge #Shah Rukh Khan

Jun 18, 2014

Why Mamata’s big BJP obsession is a win-win for PM Modi

The BJP has no assembly seats in Bengal and only two Lok Sabha seats. Mamata stopped the BJP juggernaut at her borders. So why does she take a daily pot-shot at the party that was Bengal's perennial also-ran? The BJP isn't complaining. #Barry O'Brien #BJP #CPM #Derek O'Brien #Mamata Banerjee #Narendra Modi #PoliticalPlay #Trinamool Congress #West Bengal

Jun 17, 2014

Should ‘rich girls’ not file FIRs? Tavleen Singh’s attack on Preity Zinta

Whether Preity Zinta's complaints against her ex Ness Wadia are true or not is up to the legal system to judge. But to dismiss them as trivial just because she is an actor and wealthy reeks of reverse elitism. #Arundhati Roy #Badaun rapes #Bollywood #Entertainment #India #Ness Wadia #Preity Zinta #Preity Zinta molestation case #Shah Rukh Khan #Tavleen Singh #ThatsJustWrong #Twitter

Jun 14, 2014

A woman alone: The story of India’s forgotten ‘coolie’ women

They were the coolie women whose stories have been largely forgotten. Few know that among the million plus who went as indentured labour from India, a quarter of a million were women. And three quarters them were traveling alone. #Bonded labour #British slave trade #Coolie Woman #Coolie women #Gaiutra Bahadur #Guiana #Indentured workers #Slave trade #TheLongView #Women

Jun 12, 2014

Of junk food and junkets: Is World Cup fever injurious to our health?

When politicians go on junkets to Brazil for the World Cup while footballers don't it means the World Cup fever has gone to our heads. #2014 Brazil World Cup #Brazil #FIFA World Cup 2014 #football #Goa #India #Kolkata #Sports #WC 2014 Features #WOrld Cup fever

Jun 11, 2014

Modi, Kasab in one collage: Is it a punishable offence?

Narendra Modi has been compared with Adolf Hitler before. Is the "Negative Faces" poster more shocking because it actually puts images to words? Or is it because it also includes the likes of Veerappan and Ajmal Kasab? #Adolf Hitler #Ajmal Kasab #Narendra Modi #Negative faces list #Prabhakaran #Veerappan

Jun 11, 2014

Bull in a China shop: Ajit Pawar should ban mobs, not Facebook

Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar is right to be concerned about what caused the Pune techie to be killed by a mob. But by even talking about a social media ban ala China he is confusing the medium for the message. #Ajit Pawar #China #CriticalPoint #facebook #Freedom of Expression #Kapil Sibal #Pune Techie Murder #Section 66A of the IT act #social media #Technology #Twitter

Jun 9, 2014

Slap dash AAP: Kejriwal must get over his thappad problem

Arvind Kejriwal says Yogendra Yadav is like an elder brother who has every right to slap him. But it seems everyone has the right, and ability, to smack Kejriwal. That does not work well for his image as the plucky little tough guy. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Kejriwal #PoliticsDecoder #Slap #slapped around #thappad #turn another cheek #Yogendra Yadav