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Out of favour Why dog meat's popularity is waning in South-Korea

Aug 28, 2014

Out of favour Why dog meat's popularity is waning in South-Korea

Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday. #CultureDecoder #South Korea #Dog #dog meat #Dog meat in South Korea #South Korea cuisine #Boshintang #Dog Stew
Not Modi, it's Batra Why we must go beyond Macaulayputra vs Dhartiputra

Aug 08, 2014

Not Modi, it's Batra Why we must go beyond Macaulayputra vs Dhartiputra

To meet Batra on his own turf, the liberals also could do with an erudite, devoutly Hindu scholar who can argue with Batra from faith and not just based on freedom of expression. The latter is critically important but a different playing field and a different argument. #CultureDecoder #Ramachandra Guha #Pavan K Varma #Hindu American Foundation #Wendy Doniger #Dinanath Batra
What's in a name? In India, everything

Aug 01, 2014

What's in a name? In India, everything

The quest for that perfect winning name gets more and more complicated in India these days. It has to be unusual but not too jaw-breaking. It must be numerologically sound. A name isn't just a calling card. It's what people use to make flash judgements about who someone is. #CultureDecoder #Sonia Gandhi #Yogendra Yadav #weird baby names #baby names
Adarsh Bharatiya Purush Why Salman Khan movies like 'Kick' are superhits

Jul 30, 2014

Adarsh Bharatiya Purush Why Salman Khan movies like 'Kick' are superhits

Kick is all set to be 2014's biggest hit, despite the fact that it defies all logic. So what makes audiences flock to a Salman Khan film? #Bollywood #Salman Khan #CultureDecoder #Kick #Kick Film #Kick Movie #Salman Khan fans #Bhai
Marxists, Hindutva and the ICHR debate But who cares about the children?

Jul 29, 2014

Marxists, Hindutva and the ICHR debate But who cares about the children?

ICHR chief Y Sudershan Rao wants to accurately date the sacred texts. The Marxist historians debate this hindutva version of history. In the middle of this debate, social sciences tend to be the biggest loser. #CultureDecoder #Ramayana #Hindutva #Ramachandra Guha #Devdutt Pattanaik #Mahabharat #open defecation #Dina Nath Batra #INdian COuncil of Historical research #ICHR #Professor Y Sudershan Rao #Salil Tripathi #Y Sudershan Rao #Marxist version of history

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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