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Time for some bald decisions

You can worry about your receding hairline like Ayushmann Khurrana in the recently-released ‘Bala’. Or you can show the courage he finally did, to own your clean pate Poulomi Banerjee And as the spot extends to a patch – till he becomes more bald than not – so grows the obsession with it. A small comb is fished out before …

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The quiz gets a quirky makeover

Cherylann Mollan New quizzing events are swapping the question-answer format for puzzles, clue hunts and extrapolation, in an attempt to make the geeky activity more like a party game. Some questions even have multiple right answers. If you can defend your response, you win a point. (Prizes tend to be vouchers for books, brunches or drinks.) Among those organising these …

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Learning from Maharashtra

Shashi Shekhar There is an old saying: “A photograph is worth more than a thousand words”. I would like to draw your attention to some pertinent photographs – Sharad Pawar sitting in a chair and Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, bowing to him in respect; Supriya Sule welcoming Maharashtra’s newly-elected legislators, and hugging Aditya Thackeray and Ajit Pawar in the …

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‘The fault lies with vegans…’

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Veganism must become a political movement. At the moment it is nowhere near that. And the fault lies with vegans themselves. What is the current state? Capitalism has made it easy for every human to literally eat up the world. Every animal species, every forest, every ore in the ground, every fish in the sea, has been …

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Thakur fails on every count

Barkha Dutt One of the many shifts the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought to contemporary politics is the primacy of nationalism. The party has rooted itself in a strident, machismo-fuelled, with-us-or-against-us nationalism. And this self-proclaimed distinction has worked for them electorally. I have often disagreed with my liberal compatriots on this issue. The failure of progressives to understand the …

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Getting taken in by fake news

Frederick Noronha We hear so much about it. Donald Trump is constantly screaming against the press he doesn’t like, and dismisses it as “fake news”. But when it strikes home and appears uncannily believably, that’s when it turns scary. I’ve been fooled too. We feel sheepish once we realise that. But fake news can strike anytime, and at anyone. It …

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India has a long way to go

Chanakya When India marked the 70th anniversary of the Constituent Assembly ratifying the Constitution, it was a moment to reflect on all that the country has achieved. The founders took the bold step of introducing universal adult franchise and trusting and empowering Indian citizens to choose their representatives. This democratic structure persists till today. It has only got deeper, with …

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The story of the Citpavan Brahman

TENSING RODRIGUES If the battle between the karhade and the sarasvat was fought in the court of Shivaji, the battle between the citpavan and the sarasvat was fought in Bombay, the seat of British administration and the emerging centre of trade and industry. In the beginning, the western education, the liberal ideas and the growing opportunities in trade and administration …

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Re-creating the world of western exploration of Tibet

Thubten Samphel The 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries were the age of exploration and discovery. It was a time when the West ‘discovered’ the unknown world. ‘Dark Africa’ was mapped. So were the two poles. But the largest, unknown and unexplored space on the face of the Earth was Tibet, the world’s largest and highest plateau, the Roof of …

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The Boy and the Piano

Luis Dias The John Lewis & Partners (a chain of high-end department stores in the UK) Christmas advert has become something of an annual tradition in British popular culture ever since the first advert was launched in 2007, and is one of the signs that the countdown to Christmas has begun. Of all the adverts, last year’s offering, ‘The Boy …

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