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Nov 4, 2014

Hardworking and loyal to Modi: The importance of being Arun Jaitley

He's back. Arun Jaitley is back from a six-month-long health related absence. And he's returned to sharp headlines about U-turns and India needing a full-time defence minister. Now Jaitley seems to be striking back at his detractors through two magazine stories about the importance of being Arun Jaitley. #Arun Jaitley #BJP #Jaitley #Lutyens #Modi #Narendra Modi #New Delhi #PoliticsDecoder #surgery

Nov 1, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ promotion at St Xavier’s Kolkata: Acchey din for education?

When Shah Rukh Khan and the team of Happy New Year come to a college campus to promote the film, a good time is had by all. But the question remains - should a college lend its campus to promote a commercial film? #Education #Entertainment #Happy New Year #Kolkata #OnOurMind #Promotion #Shah Rukh Khan #St. Xavier's College

Oct 31, 2014

Here’s why Tim Cook’s ‘coming out’ matters: He didn’t make it seem like a big deal

Tim Cook's coming out is the kind that most gay people want. It adds another layer to what we know about them without defining his persona and colouring his work. #Apple #Apple CEO #Apple CEO Tim Cook #Apple Inc. #Coming out #Homosexuality #Homosexuality in India #Inpraiseof #Section 377 #Tim Cook #Tim Cook Homosexuality

Oct 31, 2014

Booked under Section 377: Bangalore techie’s story gets extra punch thanks to outdated law

A repeal or reading down of Section 377 will not miraculously remove the social stigma around homosexuality and what consenting adults do in their bedrooms. But it certainly plays its part in giving a sort of official stamp of approval on that stigma. #Adultery #Bangalore Techie #Gay #Gender equality #Gender identity #Government #InMyOpinion #Lesbians #LGBT community #OBC #Section 377 #Supreme Court #transgenders

Oct 30, 2014

Sniggering at Modi: Deriding Ganesha remark misses the elephant in the room

While Pope Francis was behaving as a modern pontiff of scientific temper, PM Narendra Modi made headlines for sounding more like Dinanath Batra-II. #ConnectTheDots #Ganesha #Genetics Science #Golden Bird #Narendra Modi #Pope Francis #renaissance

Oct 28, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ is Farah Khan wishing Shah Rukh Khan, ‘Happy New Body’

Clearly way more work was put into the body of Shah Rukh Khan than into fleshing out the script of Happy New Year. It marks a new height in body worship in Indian film but it's more about the male body for a change. #Abhishek Bachchan #body building #Boman Irani #CultureDecoder #Farah Khan #Happy New Year #Manohar Aich #Shah Rukh Khan #Sonu Sood

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