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    PostIndia is a book we wish to write that would delve into the Indian psyche and find the common threads the runs through the diversity of this magnificent nation. It seeks to tell the story of our great nation, its bustling cities, its myriad by lanes and of the people that inhabit it. A lot has been written about India, and a lot more will be, but we wish to explore what it means for you to be part of this country and some place you call home. Tell us about the place you come from, the place you go to work and the experiences that you have along the way. In a place as diverse as ours one could not help but be daubed with colors, black and white, saffron and green, and a multitude of colors along the way.There is an India that exists in us, a very personal India that exists only in our hearts and minds. One that no one would talk about normally. PostIndia is a project to unravel that India.Do write back with your views, experiences, photographs and grandmother tales.You can [...]
    It might just be time to retire. Two things happened today. One, this: The photo’s from the New Releases section at Waterstones Piccadilly, where Turbulence was launched last year. Sent by the brilliant Sanghamitra Chakraborty. Reader self: Surrounded by legends! Bookseller self: Exactly. Who will buy yours? Internet self: The other thing that happened today was … Continue reading →
    When my children were growing up, I frequently made chaklis and other deep fried dishes. After they moved out to go to college, I hardly made any deep fried dishes. Sometimes we buy ready made munchies to eat with evening tea. At Kumta, we get chaklies of many different varieties. …
    We'd been to a Yakshagana performance yesterday.  All the performers were children, below 15 years of age. Yakshagana performances blow my mind.  The tremendous energy of the performers, the costumes, the makeup, the music, the drums, the dialogues, the dance, the facial expressions - the combination is enthralling - and it has to be experienced to be believed.South Kanara (a coastal district of Karnataka) has long been the epicentre of Yakshagana, and it is good to see it thriving in the far-off city of Bangalore.  And it is lovely to see children going in for Yakshagana training, hence ensuring the sustenance of this folk art. But there was another thing that made me immensely happy.  Yakshagana is traditionally performed by male artistes.  Even the female roles in the performances were donned by male artistes.  But yesterday, the lead role of Krishna was performed by a 13-year-old girl.  She [...]
    After browsing through numerous photographs of Parsi food across the interwebs, reading the elaborate descriptions of their slow cooking process, the blend of spices and the traditions and food stories, I was very excited to be invited to try the food at the Parsi Food Festival at Firdaus, the Indian restaurant at one of Hyderabad’s […]
    I ate at several new restaurants around the world during the past few months.  Some I have written about, but others never got their own post.  I also had a chance to return back to some old favourites.  Here’s a round up on the best experiences of the last six months.Warm Pimento Cheese and Duck Confit Salad at Blue Stem Brasserie:  This restaurant on Market Street, San Francisco is a favourite.  The cheese served with roasted veggies was a perfect (though rich) warm up for the wonderfully sinful Confit Salad. Moscow Mule followed by Pork Prime Rib Chop at Boulevard.  This Michelin starred restaurant in San Francisco near the Ferry Building continues to delight.  Suddenly the drink of the moment, the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug (often stolen and therefore watched closely by restaurant and bar owners everywhere).English-inspired food at the Cavalier, another place in favour with the beautiful people of San Francisco.  While [...]
    This week, I read an old story on Deepika Padukone where she defends the character of Veronica played by her in Cocktail. The interview says, "Deepika insists that the film is a reflection of our times. So many of my single girlfriends are independent and bohemian and modern, and they’re forced to change the way they dress or speak when their parents are looking for a boy for them. I also know enough men who like to date free-spirited girls, but who look for exactly the opposite kind of person when it’s time to settle down. Acknowledging that what she’s saying is delicate, yet making it clear this is all she will say on the subject, Deepika adds with finality: It is what it is! Imtiaz and Homi were clear they wanted to present things the way they are, and not the way they perhaps should be."When I had watched Cocktail, I also felt the film was somewhat regressive in its treatment of the character of Veronica. But the last point that she mentions in the [...]
    Both the bollywood star Neha Dhupia and Gul Panag are present at the Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014. Neha dhupia wearing a full-skirted lace and tulle dress from Hema Kaul, both the actress attended an Awards event last evening. The post Neha Dhupia and Gul Panag at Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014 appeared first on Bollyone.com.
    Red Hot Alia Bhatt Walks for Fashion designer Manish Malhotra at India Couture Week 2014. Alia Bhatt walked down the ramp in a red full-sleeved choli with a tie-up dori behind. She also wore a red lehenga that had a flare and golden embroidery. The post Red Hot Alia Bhatt Walks for Manish Malhotra at India Couture Week 2014 appeared first on Bollyone.com.
    Huma Qureshi and Urmila Matondkar walks for the Fashion designer Manish Malhotra at India Couture Week 2014. Both the bollywood actress wearing floor-length anarkalis at the fashion show and looking so gorgeous on the ramp. The post Huma Qureshi and Urmila Matondkar at India Couture Week 2014 appeared first on Bollyone.com.
    Aashiqui 2 girl Shraddha Kapoor Walks the ramp for Fashion designer Gaurav Gupta at fourth day of India Couture Week. This pretty actress wore a divine off-white sequinned gown from the designer’s mermaid creation. The post Shraddha Kapoor Walks for Gaurav Gupta at India Couture Week appeared first on Bollyone.com.
    How often have you come across a Rs. 40 lakh Silk Saree?Navratna stones and gold embroidery – The Chennai Silksused all that and more to weave the 'Vivaah Patu', the most expensive Indian silk sari in the world sold at Rs. 3,931,627, and entered the Guinness World Records in 2008.The exceptionally stunning saree Named 'Vivaah Patu' is meticulously woven with 12 precious stones and metals to depict 11 of Raja Ravi Verma's popular paintings and it was designed by the director of Chennai Silks, Sivalingam."The silk sari is made up of Navratna stones like diamond, emerald, ruby, yellow sapphire, sapphire, topaz, pearl, cat's eye and coral. It also has embroidered in metals such as gold, platinum and silver,"Explicitly projected is 'Lady Musicians' Besides, the border of the saree pictures 10 other paintings of the artist that pays tribute to 20th century artist. The best part of the saree being that the women in the paintings are intricately hand-woven and beautified [...]
    Marginal Revolution has a post about the moral effects of socialism. In this, we are pointed to a fascinating new paper. Ariely, Garcia-Rada, Hornuf, Mann have a new paper where they analyse the natural experiment of one Germany that was arbitrarily sub-divided into communist GDR and capitalist FRG. They find that people with a greater exposure to socialism are more likely to cheat. I have heard similar concerns about low ethical standards in China as the outcome of many generations of communist rule. And, a paper by Al-Ubaydli et al on PLOS One in March 2013 finds that the framework of markets and trade increases trust in strangers. This will resonate for us in India, with our experiences with the corruption and cheating that is associated with government-controlled resource allocation. There is a fundamental tension between socialism and the rule of law. What mechanisms might be at work in the decline of ethics under socialism? From my observation of India, I [...]
    My son is 5 and a half. While he's quite unfussy over food in general (KALA TEEKA!!), he's always running away from all Indian sweets. Sometimes, I manage to be creative and give posh names, like calling these cocoa burfis as chocolate fudge, and he may agree to taste one. The only Indian sweet he cares for is Jalebi, that I get for him once in a while from our local sweets and chaats place, which makes absolutely delicious Jalebis in ghee on weekends. Those are worth every calorie they come laden with. We have one kids' channel on TV and this week, I was watching the program Little Krishna with him. One of the ads that came in the commercial break had us both riveted to the screen. It was Nestle Milkmaid's new TVC for coconut laddoo. And my son, the Indian sweets hater, was suddenly all wide eyed, as he saw the lovely little story roll out in 30 seconds. He watched with great interest the mother and son make coconut laddoos and he said, "Mummy, I want to make [...]
    Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey and two others, arrested yesterday night, were today sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Delhi court on charges of inciting religious enmity via objectionable hoardings. Though the party admitted that one of its volunteers put up the hoardings, the AAP claimed that Mr Pandey had nothing to do with it. The party also claimed that this was a conspiracy and the BJP was "using the police" to arrest its members. "All this has come up after we exposed their horse-trading conspiracy. This is as per the Gujarat style of functioning. (Former Gujarat Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is trying to use the same style in Delhi now. A party that spreads nafrat ki rajniti (politics of hate) is today using police to try and quell protests. We condemn this," said AAP leader Sanjay Singh.The BJP hit back against these allegations, and the party's Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay said, "The AAP is [...]
    Lok Satta Times July 1st-15th, 2014 can be downloaded from the following link.http://www.loksatta.org/cms/documents/lstimes/lstimes-2014-07-01-15.pdf
    Lok Satta Times June 16th-30th, 2014 can be downloaded from the following link.http://www.loksatta.org/cms/documents/lstimes/lstimes-2014-06-16-30.pdf
    Brand : RevotronCompany : Tata MotorsBrand Analysis Count : # 544Revotron is the new hope of Tata Motors. Tata Motors which once was the number 2 in the Indian car market, is now finding it difficult to be in the top 5 thanks to the nagging quality issues coupled with a negative brand perception. This brand is another example of  ingredient branding.But Tatas are known for its resilience and Revotron is the result of a serious introspection and investment in developing an indigenous petrol engine with global standards. And from the media reports , Tata Motors have managed to live up to the high standards set by itself. And after many years, media has been kind to Tata Motors with a fairly good reviews about the engine performance.The 1.2 Ltr engine is being promoted heavily by Tata Motors ahead of the launch of the two major new products - Tata Bolt and Zest. The Revotron brand is endorsed by the Indian F1 Racing star Narain Karthikeyan.Watch the TVC here : Revotron The [...]
    The “dangerous dichotomy” in the electoral system has to be put an end to if India is not to miss the 21st century, said Loksatta Party national President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan in Mumbai on July 18.Addressing the India Leadership Conclave 2014 on ‘Governance, Democratic Reforms & Economic Freedom,’ Dr. JP said that under the present dispensation most of those who get elected to legislatures are to unfit to govern whole those who are fit to govern are unfit to get elected. Indian Affairs, a division of Network 7 Media Group, organized the conclave and Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2014.Dr. JP was chosen Indian of the Year 2014 in Political Leadership for his “outstanding and remarkable contribution”. The selection was made by an eminent jury which included the likes of Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murthy.In his presentation, Dr. JP advocated replacement of the present first-past-the-post electoral system by proportional representation so that the [...]
    This post explains my experience and observations on GoPro Hero 3 Black edition camera, after spending about 10 days with it.As I'd explained in this post, my original thought was to buy a wide angle lens- an 8-16mm one, but since that lens costed as much as the camera itself, I had second thoughts. When I learnt about GoPro, its versatility was tempting and I went for it, though I am not into adventure big time.Past 10 days I used it along with my Nikon to take some photos and make some videos. Below is what I feel about investing in a goProWhat I like in GoPro:-          Light compact design- easily fits into front shirt pocket. Had it not been for red light, could be used for spy missions.-          Can take it to places where carrying a DSLR is not viable (either because it adds to luggage or DSLRs draw unwanted attention or when you don’t want to carry big [...]
    A few weeks ago, I went to our apartment garden, and happened to catch this conversation.  A group of young girls, aged between 8 and 12, were excitedly calling to the mother of one of them, who was walking past. "Aunty, aunty!" they said.  "Come quick, and look at this!" "Look at what?" asked the lady.  "An insect!" said the girls.  The lady stood, feet apart, and put her hands on her hips.  "Insect?" she said, making a face.  "An INSECT?  You have nothing better to show me than - an insect?"  And she walked off.   The poor girls - their faces fell.  Honestly, I hadn't given insects much thought or attention (except for grabbing a broom whenever I spotted a cockroach) - before Puttachi came into the picture.  Since little ones are so close to the ground, they see insects and other creepy-crawlies all the time, and when you see it through their eyes, you realize how fascinating [...]
    What would you say or ask of the police in your city ? Ask anything. We will take take your question forward in an interview series. List your questions below.Tweet #TalkToCopGuidelines include:* ask even if you never imagined yourself engaging with the police. give yourself time to imagine. take a minute or more.* this is a call for engagement. attack is easy. try to think of something that you as an individual would like to know or understand.This is part of a larger series connected to engaging police. Action Hero Lijya Perayil, has been instrumental in shaping this space within Blank Noise through her internship over the summer.
    I was invited by Roomnhouse.com to experience their service and review about it. Roomnhouse.com is a portal for booking accommodations across various cities in India. It works on the lines of Airbnb to bring together hosts who have few rooms to rent out and travelers who are looking for homely stay. It is very convenient for small time homestay/paying guest/service apartment operators to rely on aggregators like Roomnhouse than maintaining a website and sales channel of their own.Though I had many relatives with whom I stay during my Blr visits, this time opted to spend a night at a place called “Park Avenue” recommended by Roomnhouse, to experience their service and share my experience. Unfortunately I ended up discovering lots of drawbacks in the services offered by the staff at Park Avenue, a 3 bed room facility located off Jayamahal Extension area, near Shivaji Nagar/Cantonment railway station in Bengaluru.The booking process at roomnhouse.in was smooth. [...]
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