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Be vigilant, not a vigilante

Shashi Tharoor VIGILANTE (noun), a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement actions without legal authority, often involving physical violence against an accused or suspected law-breaker. USAGE: The gau-rakshak samitis have constituted themselves into vigilante groups, intercepting and assaulting anyone they suspect to be transporting cattle illegally for slaughter. Though the word vigilante derives in the …

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A “history” budget

It did not have a bold demand stimulus, a public investment stimulus or any supply-side stimulus Praveen Chakravarty Let us indulge in a thought experiment. Millions of people in the Chinese province of Wuhan are badly affected by the deadly coronavirus, for which there is no easy cure. This has been acknowledged universally as a massive health crisis. In this …

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From page to screen: Now, ‘motion comics’

Cherylann Mollan An animated Goddess Kali glares at you from your smartphone screen. Her enraged eyes blink; she sticks her tongue out and her sword lights up with angry sparks. She is ready for battle. Over the next 30 seconds, she takes on the demon Raktabeej, finally decapitating him with a spinning chakra. That’s a snapshot from ‘Kali’, an ultra-short, …

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The mystery of Parsuram’s axe

TENSING RODRIGUES His name itself says it: The Ram with the axe. But why axe? Perhaps Parsuram’s story is one of the few instances in the ancient texts where an axe features as a weapon of war. An axe is extremely unwieldy, and not the best weapon to use in a war. According to Brahmanda Purana, Parsuram was being sent …

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The happy hustler

Actress, model, host, social influencer, and a hands-on mommy, Neha Dhupia was down in Goa recently at the Spartan Poker Indian Poker Championship 2020. NT BUZZ caught up with the lady to speak about her films, production initiatives, and how life has changed for her after motherhood Danuska Da Gama | NT BUZZ Q. From modelling and acting to hosting …

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Meet the new-age magicians

Danish Raza Delhi based digital illusionist Rahul Kharbanda’s most popular act involves an iPad. As the audience in the auditorium watches with amusement, Rahul places a bottle vertically on the device. He then pushes it inside the screen to convert it into an image on the screen of the iPad. Next, he pulls the bottle back from the screen as …

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Hum and strum: The nimble ukulele is a trendy favourite

The little instrument has gone from becoming an exotic import to a viral trend all because it’s small, light, inexpensive and so easy to play, that most uke-players are self-taught Vanessa Viegas The ukulele is suddenly everywhere. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has said he plays it in his spare time; so do Neil Armstrong, Tom Hanks, Ryan Gosling, Taylor Swift, …

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Moulding Indians

Karan Thapar 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of our Constitution. In 1950, many questioned how long it would last. So to have completed the biblical span of three-score-years-and-ten is no mean achievement. There are only a few constitutions – and certainly in the third world there is no other – that have lasted so long. Why that’s happened is an …

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How book covers are changing

From botanical illustrations to typographic book covers, the way books are being perceived is changing and even though the advent of online reading is here, it has actually been a boon for illustrators in India and around the world Nascimento Pinto From botanical illustrations to typographic book covers, the way books are being perceived is changing and even though the …

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Loss of public discourse

Barkha Dutt There are many things that feel unhealthy about India’s democracy right now, but none more so than the fact that we have lost the ability to talk to each other without the use of narrow labels. Some of the polarisation is engineered by politics. The divisive citizenship legislation, for example, has created quarrels within families, intergenerational disputes and …

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