War & Peace: Enemies turned allies indulge in warm embrace

As the world saw the completion of 100 years of the ceasefire agreement of World War 1, a rare embrace of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron made major headlines across the globe. This marked the centenary of the end of the First World War at a special ceremony at Compiègne, in the woods north of Paris. The two global leaders were … Continue reading War & Peace: Enemies turned allies indulge in warm embrace

Train18 beats Shatabdi Express in its own game, don’t miss a ride

  When the Modi regime proposed high speed bullet trains for the Indian railway system, debates were kickstarted over whether it is actually possible in India. In first signs of that dream fructifying, the Indian railways have rolled out the new Train 18. The buzz in town is that these trains will replace the Shatabdi Express dubbed as the fastest of the lot. Notably Shatabdi … Continue reading Train18 beats Shatabdi Express in its own game, don’t miss a ride

A day when Yamraaj is the go to god for every sister

Bhai Dooj is an occasion when sisters pray to Yamraaj for a long and prosperous life of their brothers. Celebrated two days after Diwali, it is an occasion that is held very dear by the women of the country. This year, Bhai Dooj was celebrated on November 9. Known by different names like Bhau Beej, Bhai Teeka or Bhai Phota it has similarities with Raksha … Continue reading A day when Yamraaj is the go to god for every sister

Padma Bhushan Ram V Sutar for whom age is just a number

The unveiling of the Statue of Unity has faced ire, memes and jokes in equal measure. Tribals, farmers and locals have upped the ante against the massive expenditure of money on the statue turning a complete blind eye towards the needs of the last man in the line. This even as a bitter political powerplay has unfolded with players like BSP supremo, Mayawati jumping into … Continue reading Padma Bhushan Ram V Sutar for whom age is just a number

Garden City’s Edwin Joseph a messiah to sparrows

SparrowMan Move over Superman or Dark Knight, Garden City has its own superhero sans a cape Even as the country celebrates the World Sparrow Day year after year to give the idea of conservation of sparrows a much needed push, house sparrows have become a rarity in Garden City. Keeping in mind the dwindling numbers of sparrows, one man has made it his mission to … Continue reading Garden City’s Edwin Joseph a messiah to sparrows

Steeped in mythology India’s Dussehra a special affair

In a country where the epic Ramayana has been part of Indian folklore for ages, Dussehra is important for a connection between Durga and Rama. About a secret that made Rama’s job of killing Ravana easier courtesy Ma Durga as per Hindu mythology. Each year the end of Shardiya Navratri in India is marked by Dussehra. It is one festival that signifies the victory of … Continue reading Steeped in mythology India’s Dussehra a special affair

Chhattisgarh’s Battle for Rajnandgaon: The Vajpayee Factor

The seeds of the battle for Rajnandgaon in the state of Chhattisgarh were sown days after the death of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Once a staunch BJP loyalist, Karuna Shukla, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece after three decades shifted to the Congress in 2014. Days after the death of the saffron stalwart, Karuna training guns at the BJP had said that the death of Vajpayee … Continue reading Chhattisgarh’s Battle for Rajnandgaon: The Vajpayee Factor

Sriram Raghavan proves to be a flawed genius in Ayushmann starrer Andhadhun

  The greatness of the film aside, one of the biggest flaws of Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun is that it symbolically lets the cat out of the bag by making the viewer realize that the protagonist can actually see and he is not blind. There are ample scenes when you can actually catch on. Had Raghavan not done so and ended at the scene where Ayushmann … Continue reading Sriram Raghavan proves to be a flawed genius in Ayushmann starrer Andhadhun

News, drama & the subtle art of faking

Mimesis, the Dramatics Society of Amity School of Languages staged a magnificent street theatre act titled ‘Afwaah’ to underscore drawbacks of pedalling misinformation. The play was performed under the mentorship of Director, ASL, Prof ( Dr ) Kum Kum Ray. The play brought out effectively the manner in which rumours are turned into news pieces which are eventually passed on to the public having rather … Continue reading News, drama & the subtle art of faking

On Ravana Dahan day, this Ravana died saving lives

There is divided opinion on the credentials of Ravana. While a large chunk of the populace burns the effigy of Ravana as a symbol of triumph of good over evil, the demon king is being worshipped in Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Sri Lanka and Amravati in Maharashtra for a little over a decade now. The recent Amritsar tragedy and a specific development on the site … Continue reading On Ravana Dahan day, this Ravana died saving lives