Clowning Around – How an entity meant to entertain children is so terrifying?

Clowning Around – How an entity meant to entertain children is so terrifying?

The annual arrival of the Gemini Circus always made my cousins brimming with joy, and me disappointed, because my parents had secretly sworn never to take me to any of its shows. That was until one day my wish was granted when an uncle who took me along to the event with his kids. I was excited beyond limit! The fanfare, the loud music, the swinging acrobats, elephants, horses, tigers – the expectation to see…

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The (Range) Roving Yogi

The (Range) Roving Yogi

@YogiSwamiRamdev features in the list of top 50 most influential people in the world with one of the most influential brands to his name too, Patanjali. Baba Ramdev’s success in making yoga popular can only be surpassed by his success in creation of the Patanjali brand. The way he has fascinated top Bollywood celebrities & politicians helped him become the brand that he is now. Babaji is a name to be reckoned with. Patanjali, the…

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Thoughts that keep you up at Night #2

Thoughts that keep you up at Night #2

  “Get out of bed, make a hot drink and go outside. You owe yourself that much. Maybe you still cry in far too many public bathrooms, but I swear, you stay a few seconds less every time. Smile at strangers if it’s all you can do. Know that life doesn’t start when the sun rises or the credits roll but when you decide it’s time to after what you deserve, and you deserve everything…

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Thoughts that keep you up at Night #1

Thoughts that keep you up at Night #1

“But that’s the problem, isn’t it? Even when they leave, they’re never really gone. You can always find them within the melody of a song or in the creases of your hand that they used to trace. You can feel them inside that little pocket in your heart that you have specially reserved, no matter how many times they show you that they don’t want to be in it. You can never change their minds….

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A note to Teenagers

A note to Teenagers

  “You’re just a teenager. You’re not yet married, so go with the flow, laugh tons, use manners, and try something new. Will you just kiss him already? Trust your feelings, spend your cash, introduce yourself, take a chance, study hard, seek happiness, and regret nothing. Don’t laugh at people’s dreams, make a wish at 11:11, challenge yourself, take pictures and appreciate the memories. You should make time to dance in your underwear, and learn…

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Jai ho, Trump NO!

Jai ho, Trump NO!

Not only has US Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, stolen our Prime Minister’s campaign slogan, he is also strenuously trying to hijack our national bane – the Hindu-Muslim divide. My heart goes out to those Indians who spent a fortune on education, VISA applications and airline tickets to escape this vile quandary plaguing their motherland to now find it tailing them to their land of escape. Never have I been so offended by and never…

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Mystery of MISTRY Unfolded

Mystery of MISTRY Unfolded

History has repeated itself at Tata Industries with the reinstating of Ratan Tata as the interim Chairman of the salt-to-steel conglomerate.   But while the media is busy sensationalizing a move that was unthinkable four years ago – removal of the company’s blue-eyed boy, Cyrus Mistry, from office – many are left speculating the reasons behind this decision. However, to the observant, the exit of Cyrus Mistry was imminent. (The Group’s website is yet to…

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Why it’s easier to be excited more about Foreign Politics in India

Why it’s easier to be excited more about Foreign Politics in India

  My friends are never on time and this was probably the millionth instance (exaggeration) when I had been left waiting for them at a coffee shop, a period which I initially spent mentally rebuking their lack of punctuality. I am accustomed to it by now, and find myself focused on one distraction or another. For example, this morning my attention was subconsciously riveted to a lively conversation taking place among three people on the next…

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Naughty @ Fifty

Naughty @ Fifty

Turning fifty is a big event in any person’s life – and when it’s a celebrity, it’s more than just that individual’s family and friends who celebrate. It draws the attention of an entire nation, and sometimes even that of international admirers. Fifty years ago Indians were delighted by the birth (not biological) of a chubby cheeked, blue-haired and conspicuously noseless little girl whose hand painted pictures, before adorning strategically placed hoardings, appeared first pasted…

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Do we really want Captain Planet back?

Do we really want Captain Planet back?

“Captain Planet, he’s our hero, Gonna take pollution down to zero!” Arguably one of the most defining jingles of the period. Being a city kid of the nineties, a major part of my childhood was spent in front of the TV watching cartoons, one of my favourites being the iconic series centred around the green-haired blue-skinned superhero whose sole mission was to save the planet from the damaging effects of pollution. That was an eyewash….

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FedEx Turnaround

FedEx Turnaround

  As a student at Yale University Fred Smith drafted the white paper of FedEx which earned him “C” in his term paper. His professor did not seem impressed with his the-next-big-thing concept. Yet this very paper became the backbone of FedEx. The blueprint talked about launching air cargo to reduce turn around time (TAT), what is today better known as the express delivery service. At the time, shippers transported only large packages with high margins…

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Without Glasses!

Without Glasses!

Wearing glasses is more of a fashion statement these days than a necessity for those with flawed vision. They come in every shape geometry can conjure, and every tint white light can be split into. In my childhood, though, donning spectacles immediately labeled you a nerd. And considering the unfashionably thick frames big enough to encompass half your face they came in, that tag wasn’t unfitting. The first hint of the acuity of my vision…

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