RIP Khushwant Singh

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  YOU CAN NEVER DEI !!!!!!!!!!   Mr Kushwant Singh ,the dirty old man, as he was popularly and lovingly called, breathed his last yesterday.......but he will live in our memories and hearts forever. Mr Kushwant Singh is one of the most popular name in English journalism and in fact one of the fore runners of English magazines in India and in taking Indian English journalism abroad. He has edited several English magazines, Illustrated Weekly being most popular and prominent and has authored innumerable books. Kushwant Singh, a well acclaimed columnist was far ahead of his time and the first to talk and write about sex openly and the one to give birth to the so called adult non veg jokes which made him the first choice for any Page…
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Intrepreneurship

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LIVE YOUR PASSION !! It’s heartening to see that youngsters today, are happily and willingly quitting their conventional professions and choosing to do things they are passionate about !(The Romantics-They have a Dream !INDIA TODAY, July 30,20120) For choosing the professions today, sky is the limit, and the most common is entrepreneurship ! The youngsters today pursue a branch of education of their choice and subsequently the job they enjoy! Romantics existed in the past too and there were many who wanted to pursue education and off beat careers of their choice but there were many limitations, and main being a sense of insecurity and family pressures and commitment. Three decades ago, medicine, law, engineering ,teaching, civil services and government and bank jobs were the only branches available to choose…
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PORNOGRAPHY

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Pornography the new Entertainment ! Sherlyn is not the first to dare to bare........................Parsis Kambata was the probably the first Indian lady to do so, if my childhood memory doesn’t fail me. Many other starlets and aspiring models ,including winners of Miss India Competitions, have been doing it over the last decade, but what makes Sherlyn special is the fact that she could become a part of the orgy gang of Mr Hugh and with his blessings, make it to the coverpage of the notoriously prestigious Playboy magazine (The sexes-THE WEEK-July 29,2012) Pornography has existed since long and is well accepted now, and has got more publicity after the recent parliamentarian porngate ! The social taboos of our double faced society have always considered anything related to pornography blasphemy ,the…
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RAPE & MOLESTATION

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SELF PROTECTION IS BEST PROTECTION ! There was a time when Delhi roads were notorious for being unsafe for woman but now it seems that women and girls are unsafe all over the country, including the broad minded North East and the South, which is known for its high civic sense.(WOMEN-BIG CITIES, Break her For The Goblet she Holds! OUTLOOK, July 30,2012) Women of all ages ,from all socio economic strata and from any profession, are unsafe on the streets, at workplace and even at home, these days and what is more surprising is the fact that these crimes too, are committed by men of all age, from any educational or social background and shockingly ,often they are not strangers but known, neighbours ,friends, relatives or even family members. All…
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CHILD MARRIAGES

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CRADLE SNATCHING ! Child marriage is one of the major social evil prevalent in our country, and I was surprised to know that even today ,more than 25% marriages are child marriages!(Knot before 18,Cover Story, THE WEEK,July,22,2012) While social customs, pressure from relatives and panchayats may be blamed for this, the major culprits for child marriage are parents and often their poverty. A large number of parents are convinced that the girls are not a part of the family but for the other house, sasural ! Marriage for them is more of a ritual , to be performed ,half heartedly as a duty, earlier the better. In most cases they want to get over with their so called responsibility as early as possible and so agree or rather willingly indulge…
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SATYAMEV JAYATE

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UNIMPRESSIVE ! Mr S Anand ,has criticized in detail the July 8 episode of SMJ, on untouchability (Silence Eva Jayate, OUTLOOK, July 23,2012) for being prejudiced .While I agree that including the very pertinent issue of untouchability and human scavenging in the series of SMJ was essential.I also agree with Mr anand that such a topic is incomplete without the mention of Ambedkar and reservations. I would however like to add, that not only this,but almost all episodes seemed incomplete and well tutored. Satya Mev Jayate, was in air and in talks well in advance and was adversiticed by Amir himself raising the hopes of the audience to all time high. Everyone waited for the Sunday morning for the first episode, and while that first one on female foeticide was…
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BOLE

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BORN TO DIE !!!!!!! Saw Bole a few months back and have been wanting to write on it since then, but somehow was struck by a writer’s block! Few would have heard about Bole, a Pakistani movie, which in spite of having a very new and relevant issue to discuss, failed to reach the masses The story of a typical conservative Shea muslim family of Pakistan, of a Hakeem, is in flash back as a narration of the heroin, the eldest daughter of the Hakeem sahab. The girl is addressing a press conference just before being hanged, as a confession of her crime and pleading guilty of a murder. The hakeem had almost lost all his patient clientele and was living a hand to mouth existence. In spite of the…
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GROWING UP WITH HAZRATGUNJ

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GROWING UP WITH HAZRATGUNJ-------A shoppers delight! Have been wanting to write on Hazratgunj since long, When I returned to Lucknow in 2008, then when it was being revamped, but finally cudnt resist now, when it has taken another new avtar, recently. After my house, what attracts me most to my beloved Lucknow, is Hazratgunj ! Gunj, as what Hazratgunj is popularly and lovingly called, is the main market of Lucknow probably the only market which has a noun to itself-gunjing, which is strolling in Hazratgunj, shopping, eating, and meeting friends or even just whiling away time. Its a unique market, complete in itself and just very few markets in the country, like CP in Delhi, Brigade Road in Banglaru and Main Street in Pune have been designed on this pattern…
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DURGA POOJA OF YESTER YEARS

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Even though I am not a Bengali,Durga Pooja ,has always been a special event for me,every year.Was born at Narhi,in Lucknow,where we lived in an area called Kali Niwas,which means the House of Goddess Kali,and as the name implies,it was a huge haveli sort of a building ,sprawling amidst three roads,which had been divided over four generations,housing at that time over twenty Bengali families,with we being one of the only two  non Bengali occupants in it.So my child hood was spent amongst Bengalis,and it was natural for me to understand Bengali comfortably,and speak adequately fluently.More than the language ,it was the Bengali rituals,festivals and weddings that we grew up with,and Durga Pooja ,being the most significant   The preparation would start well in advance,specially in getting clothes stitched and in rehearsing…
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