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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
Why is the Internet so angry? Decoding India's appetite for outrage

Jul 08, 2014

Why is the Internet so angry? Decoding India's appetite for outrage

The Internet is an angry place, especially the Indian internet scene. We take a look at why. #facebook #CultureDecoder #Internet #Twitter #InMyOpinion #Trolling #Internet abuse #Online hatred
Hic Hic Hurray, not? Indians are drinking less whisky

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. #CultureDecoder #Cocktails #Vodka #Khushwant Singh #dry days #Single malt whisky #Economic liberalisation in India #whisky #Honey Singh #Indians drinking whisky #Whisky drinking in India #Amrish Puri
Hindi only please: Why Modi's new policy isn't about Bharatiyata

Jun 05, 2014

Hindi only please: Why Modi's new policy isn't about Bharatiyata

Narendra Modi might become the first Indian prime minister to insist on speaking in Hindi even in diplomatic settings where others have chosen to speak in English. That decision might be a first but it should really be a non-issue. #CultureDecoder #Manmohan Singh #Congress #Narendra Modi #Indira Gandhi #language #Hindi #SAARC #Atal Behari Vajpayee
Speaking Hindi: How Modi is putting Indianness back into India

Jun 05, 2014

Speaking Hindi: How Modi is putting Indianness back into India

Modi's decision of speaking to foreign leaders is Hindi despite his ability to speak English is an act of cultural and linguistic assertion. It is time we connected back to our cultural and linguistic traditions in a modern way #CultureDecoder #language #Culture #Modi #Hindi #soft power #Cultural Assertion #Naredra Modi #Indianness
Maya, Marquez, Mandela: The disease of social media fekus

May 29, 2014

Maya, Marquez, Mandela: The disease of social media fekus

Is your timeline flooded with inspirational quotes by Maya Angelou? Do you feel somehow embarrassed that you don't have one? Are you feeling the pressure to google one quickly? Don't worry. You are not alone. #social media #CultureDecoder #Twitter #Google search #Maya Angelou #faking knowledge