A conversation with Priya Saraiya – the Bollywood singer/songwriter, and a new mother, whose versatility ranges from the sublime “Saibo” to the in-your-face “Karma is a Bitch!”

A conversation with Priya Saraiya – the Bollywood singer/songwriter, and a new mother, whose versatility ranges from the sublime “Saibo” to the in-your-face “Karma is a Bitch!”

By Zaiceka Ahmed    (Priya Saraiya in MTV Coke Studio) Music is a traveler’s best friend. In my case, travel means a forty minute commute in a public bus from Jadavpur to College Street, and the source of music – the radio in my weather beaten mobile phone. And anyone who has taken a winter morning bus ride will know that the constant movement of the vehicle is to a grown up what a lullaby…

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Changing Boots – 10 Surprising Career Shifts of Footballers post Retirement!

Changing Boots – 10 Surprising Career Shifts of Footballers post Retirement!

Steven Gerrard, former England and (longest serving) Liverpool captain officially announced his retirement from professional football yesterday. While he remains England’s fourth most capped player of all time – preceded by Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham – his 18 year association with the club saw him lead it to its famous Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005 while also bringing home the FA Cup twice (2001, 2006), the League Cup…

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Rahul Subramanian – the Stand Up Comic set to take YouTube by Storm

Rahul Subramanian – the Stand Up Comic set to take YouTube by Storm

By Zaiceka Ahmed Indians have come a long way from a time when we couldn’t think beyond Russell Peters at the mention of stand-up comedy. Today the internet is teeming with fresh talent, and admit it, these guys are the ones whose gigs you exhaust your internet package watching when you should be doing your homework. And if so, Rahul Subramanian is a name you probably know already. A thorough entertainer, I remember seeing him…

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Kiran Bahrus – the youth who inspires with her tireless strive to take down Diabetes

Kiran Bahrus – the youth who inspires with her tireless strive to take down Diabetes

By Zaiceka Ahmed One would say a doctor’s chamber is not a place to make acquaintances, but I’m glad I did in the case of this young lady. Energetic, fresh and youthful, she definitely didn’t belong in the waiting room with patients, and that generated curiosity in many. Turns out Kiran Bahrus, the person in question, was waiting to accompany Dr Debasis Basu – widely renowned for spearheading DAY (Diabetes Awareness and You), an Organization…

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The Other Fantastic Beasts!

The Other Fantastic Beasts!

  Potterheads who found themselves stranded in an ocean of existential crisis after the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the last installment in the series surrounding the enthralling adventures of the boy wizard, J. K. Rowling unveiled a bright glimmer of hope yesterday with the world wide release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a cinematic spin-off from the blockbuster franchise. If it is not evident from…

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1978 Demonetization, A look into the History

1978 Demonetization, A look into the History

In 1977, the Janata Party coalition government came to power and in 1978 decided to withdraw 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 rupee notes notes by issuing an ordinance. It was not favoured by the then RBI governor I.G. Patel. In the book “Glimpses of Indian Economic Policy: an Insider’s View”, the Governor was informed by the finance minister H.M. Patel about the decision to withdraw high-denomination notes. Patel immediately pointed out that such exercises seldom produces…

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Paris Trumps Melania!

Paris Trumps Melania!

    The United States’ brand new President, Donald Trump, etched a very memorable event in the history of his nation’s politics when he delivered his victory speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. While this first page news has most people depressed, we have dug up another correlation between ‘Trump’ and ‘Hilton’ that is sure to make you laugh with its represented accuracy! Here is a sketch from Saturday Night Live where…

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Cumberbatch in a Caleidoscope

Cumberbatch in a Caleidoscope

by Zaiceka Ahmed I ran out of LSD, so headed for the theatre last night to catch Cumbercake in Caleidoscope, aka, Doctor Strange, once again. The trippy first seven minutes pretty much made up for it but I stuck around, you know… because it was a Benedict Cumberbatch (is this how you spell it?) starrer and even more because Hannibal jumped and leaped from every angle of the shifting vortex of a screen to escape…

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Honestly, beautiful

Honestly, beautiful

“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter…

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When Arnab Goswami Quit!

When Arnab Goswami Quit!

If one was to choose between a fire-crackers and Samsung Note7, people would place their bet on the latter, being confident it would burst. Similarly, if one was to between a loud speaker and Arnab Goswami, people would choose the latter again, being confident it would start working for at least 2 hours every weekday, 9pm-11pm. Times Now Studio. It’s 9pm and “the entire nation” is tuned to the channel. It’s their primetime show, the…

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Bane of the Bra

Bane of the Bra

Fashion bible Vogue has declared that the days of the cleavage are over, replacing one gender stereotype with another, and setting the stage for women and girls with natural D-cups to feel conscious of their bodies next to those with a more humble bust line. Bravo. The evidence of obsession with this secondary sexual organ of women emerged around the time artists began to depict the original sin in paintings with Adam’s member covered traditionally…

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Prison Break – India edition

Prison Break – India edition

  While most criminals make news with their crime and subsequent arrest, there are also those who create a sensation with their escape from prison. It makes us question the efficiency of our law enforcers  and the state of our own safety in a world where criminals walk free, but it also, secretly puts us in awe of the guts these convicts show in challenging the very authorities that captured  them.   The news rooms…

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