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Secularism in a fruitcake? The charms of Kolkata's 'home-baked' Christmas

Dec 25, 2014

Secularism in a fruitcake? The charms of Kolkata's 'home-baked' Christmas

The fruitcake, even more than Santa Claus, is the abiding symbol of a Kolkata Christmas. But Kolkata offers a special treat. You can get a slice of home-baked Christmas as bakers around the city open up their ovens to cake lovers who bring in their own family recipes, along with the flour, eggs, fruits and Old Monk. #CultureDecoder #Kolkata #Christmas #christmas cake #Kolkata christmas #Nahoums #Saldanha #Christmas fruit cake #fruitcake #Bakers #Kolkata Bakeries
Art of Kissing to Kiss of Love: Artist takes on taboo of kissing in public

Nov 28, 2014

Art of Kissing to Kiss of Love: Artist takes on taboo of kissing in public

Ayushman Mitra spoke to Firstpost about his art work, inspirations, love for big art and Indian mythology. #CultureDecoder #art #Kissing #NH7 Weekender #Indian mythology #Kiss of Love #Art of Kissing #Ayushman Mitra
So who's the most powerful Indian of them all? Answer: The usual suspects

Nov 18, 2014

So who's the most powerful Indian of them all? Answer: The usual suspects

In a year that saw seismic shifts in India's political structures, the Power List of the 50 most powerful Indians of 2014, seems largely unruffled. The five most powerful Indians are still five industrialists. #CultureDecoder #Mukesh Ambani #Narendra Modi #Gautam Adani
Right issue, wrong tactic: Why Kiss of Love protests miss the mark

Nov 11, 2014

Right issue, wrong tactic: Why Kiss of Love protests miss the mark

Its 100 percent not okay to have a lathi-wielding policeman come up and haul you off to jail under Section 294 for some consensual public pappi-love. However, it is also okay to be uncomfortable about seeing a couple making out next to you. The Kiss of Love protests seems to miss that key distinction, and therefore undermine the very cause they espouse. #CultureDecoder #JNU #SlutWalk #protest #moral policing #Kiss of Love #Kiss of Love protest rally #PinkChaddi #slut walk
'Happy New Year' is Farah Khan wishing Shah Rukh Khan, 'Happy New Body'

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. #CultureDecoder #Shah Rukh Khan #Abhishek Bachchan #Sonu Sood #Boman Irani #Farah Khan #Manohar Aich #Happy New Year #body building

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South meets North Chennai weddings turn over a new leaf

Nov 26, 2012

South meets North Chennai weddings turn over a new leaf

Fusion food, (or should that be confusion food) is drawing the crowds to rave reviews in halls everywhere. #CultureDecoder #food #Chennai #Idli #Chennai weddings #puran polis #gol gappa #bisi bele bhat
Dahi handi From prank to political platform, but a sport?

Aug 10, 2012

Dahi handi From prank to political platform, but a sport?

A small lobby has started exploring the possibility of making dahi handi a sport and getting it recognition like what kabaddi has. It could need standardisation of the height at which the handis are placed, the number of tiers in the human pyramid. #CultureDecoder #Krishna Janmashtami #dahi handi