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Sep 13, 2014

Lost and found: Seven fascinating stories of Calcutta’s Jewish past

The Jews of Calcutta are mostly gone but here are seven of the most intriguing stories they left behind, now saved on JewishCalcutta.in. #didyouknow #history #Jael Silliman #Jewish Calcutta #Jewish history #Jewism #Kolkata's jewish population #Recording history #Synagogue #Torah

Sep 11, 2014

Transgenders aren’t OBC: But that doesn’t let the govt off the hook

In April, the court had recognized transgender as a third gender and told the government they were entitled to reservations like OBCs. #Gay #Gender equality #Gender identity #Government #InMyOpinion #Lesbians #LGBT community #OBC #Section 377 #transgenders

Sep 10, 2014

Status insanity: India (Hearts) the I in iPhone

Technology was supposed to be in the service of man. But when in a world of Google Glass and Watch, technology became a status symbol and quickly turned into an extension of our egos. #Apple #Apple iPhone #BlackBerry #CultureDecoder #iPhone 6

Sep 10, 2014

India-US meet: Can Obama look into Modi’s eyes and see his soul?

The visa denial is history now but it remains the elephant in the room when it comes to US-India relations. But it would not be such an issue if Modi and Obama had more of a bromance going on. #Barack Obama #ConnectTheDots #India #Narendra Modi #US #US visa denial to Modi #Visa #Vladimir Putin

Sep 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says scrap Sec 377, but asks gays not to freak people out

Chetan Bhagat did not have to stand up for gays. Section 377 is not in the headlines. Bhagat’s latest novel Half Girlfriend is not short of publicity. Or front-page ads. So there is nothing opportunistic about his op-ed against Section 377, first very importantly in Hindi for the Bhaskar and then in English for The Times of India. #Chetan Bhagat #Chetan Bhagat on LGBT #Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend #Chetan Bhagat's new Book #Flipkart #LGBT #Section 377 #Stalking #Women

Sep 5, 2014

Holy sh**! They took our Holi and other adventures in Columbusing

The organizers inform us that though the Holi Color Festival is“influenced by the Hindu Holi celebration” just jazzed up with “electronic dance music.” #chai latte #Columbusing #cultural festivals #CultureDecoder #Holi #Indian festivals

Sep 5, 2014

The petty tyranny of Teachers’ Day: Modi-ji, leave the kids alone

If a school does not have the television sets, cable connections and projectors needed for something like this, they had better get cracking on organizing everything before 5 September. #BJP #Guru Utsav #InMyOpinion #Narendra Modi #Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan #Teacher's Day #Vinod Tawde

Sep 4, 2014

Guess who’s afraid of the Islamic State? Al Qaeda Incorporated

The Al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri has announced the formation of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent widely seen as a way to ward off the challenge of the rising Islamic State. But the war of terror is sounding like an all-out corporate fight for brand supremacy. #Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi #Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent #AQIS #Ayman al-Zawahiri #ISIS #Islamic State militant group #JustSaying #Osama bin Laden

Sep 3, 2014

No revenge for US air strikes, ISIS beheading Sotloff is plain dumb

The horrific Sotloff video is carefully constructed propaganda, except there is one critical flaw. As strategy it’s dumb. #air strikes #Al-Qaeda #Barack Obama #Drones #ISIS #Islamic State in Iraq and Syria #islamic-state #James Foley #Steven Sotloff

Aug 31, 2014

No queerness please, we are Indian: Devdutt Pattanaik on the stories they don’t tell us

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the stories that fall into the cracks between traditional notions of masculinity and femininity and discovers a treasure-trove of queerness in Hindu lore. #Devdutt Pattanaik #Dina Nath Batra #GoodReads #Hindu mythology #Hinduism #LGBT #Mahabharat #Rajiv Malhotra #Shikhandi #Wendy Doniger