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Of Chacha Chaudhary, Champak & childhood

Of Chacha Chaudhary, Champak & childhood

January 23, 2021

Remember superhero Sabu? The alien from Jupiter who was Chacha Chaudhary’s constant companion? Or the simpleton Supandi in Tinkle? Or the notorious but intelligent Cheeku from Champak? All these and many more characters from different children’s magazines had been a constant ...

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With US back in, time for fresh start for Paris Agreement

With US back in, time for fresh start for Paris Agreement

January 22, 2021

True to his campaign promise, within hours of taking office, the newly elected President of the United States, Joe Biden, annulled his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision on June 2017 to exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, paving way for the world’s largest economy an...

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‘Tandav’ becomes first casualty of new OTT rules

‘Tandav’ becomes first casualty of new OTT rules

January 21, 2021

Amazon Prime India’s latest web series, Tandav, released on January 15, 2021, starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, is the latest in line to face backlash and outrage for allegedly ‘insulting Hindu gods and goddesses’ and ‘hurting religious se...

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Stain of period poverty in India

Stain of period poverty in India

January 19, 2021

“Now we have no option but to use old, dirty clothes and rags during periods. When our school was open, we were given a packet of sanitary pads every month. We cannot afford to buy a packet on our own. It is very expensive,” says 16-year-old Ayesha Khanum, a resident of Lalit...

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Indian-origin artists shaping contemporary art

Indian-origin artists shaping contemporary art

January 18, 2021

“Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world, they have moved away from the traditional method of using ...

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Patna Kalam: Bihar’s adrift artform

Patna Kalam: Bihar’s adrift artform

January 15, 2021

The eastern state of Bihar is known for its highly stylised Mithila and Madhubani painting traditions. But very few are aware of an equally popular folk-based school of painting, which has survived in the region for more than 200 years – the Patna Kalam. “Once very popula...

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Mesmerising Mawsynram

Mesmerising Mawsynram

January 14, 2021

Shillong, largest city and capital of Meghalaya, retains its colonial-era charm, with a home-brewed brand of Western music, gracious cafés and friendly people. But, the former capital of undivided Assam bursts at its seams, thanks to hordes of tourists who arrive to escape the h...

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Memories of Mogambo

Memories of Mogambo

January 12, 2021

A deep baritone erupts into thunderous laughter and out of the darkness, enters a towering figure, piercing through the mist with a pair of glowing bulbous eyes, chilling enough to stare down generations into submission. “Mogambo khush hua,” (Mogambo is happy) a low voice us...

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Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

January 11, 2021

At the stroke of the midnight on December 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU single market and the Customs Union after 47 years of membership of the European Union. While this was a cause of celebration for some, it was a sombre moment for many others not only in the UK but...

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Wages for housewives: Kamal Haasan’s MNM party manifesto stirs debate

Wages for housewives: Kamal Haasan’s MNM party manifesto stirs debate

January 10, 2021

“In Indian society, the burden of housework has always fallen disproportionately on the shoulders of women. They are expected to take care of the house, raise kids, as well as tend to their office duties. Neither is this housework accounted for in any official figures, nor do w...

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Mental health professionals face burnout amid pandemic

Mental health professionals face burnout amid pandemic

January 9, 2021

“I haven’t seen my therapist in over a month, and I miss her,” Nithya Rao says with a sigh. Rao sounds like many people during the pandemic – uncertain, alone, in need of mental health care. There is just one difference – Rao is a therapist herself. Based in Ban...

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Trans representation in Indian cinema

Trans representation in Indian cinema

January 8, 2021

While most Hindi films still thrive on the offensive and stereotypical portrayal of the non-binary transgender characters, the past decade has seen some applause-worthy trans representation in regional movies, especially south Indian films.

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