Harassment is condemnable, unless it’s perpetrated by a eunuch

Harassment is condemnable, unless it’s perpetrated by a eunuch

The other day I was stuck in traffic at the crossing at Camac Street. Behind the wheel was my friend suffering a nagging pain who I had accompanied to the hospital for a post-surgery check up. We knew it would be a long wait at the signal (after a point of time you learn to accept certain realities of city life and figure out ways to make peace with it) so I got busy making…

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University offers an actual course on Batman

University offers an actual course on Batman

He is vengeance, he is the night… he is also the syllabus of your midterm paper. I’m still talking about Batman. If an academic institute were to pick just one character from the vast realm of superheroes, the obvious choice (if not the only choice) would have been DC’s Caped Crusader and inarguably most complex character – Batman. While some may think such a prospect can exist exclusively in fanboy/fangirl fantasy, University of Victoria has…

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Why we like to believe Chester Bennington was murdered

Why we like to believe Chester Bennington was murdered

A generation of melomaniacs who grew up in the 2000’s gulped a bitter reality the day Chester Bennington was found dead in his house – the beacon of hope for many battling depression, dejection, or hopelessness in general, had surrendered to the ultimate dread of his fans. The coroner confirmed the death to have been caused by hanging, and ruled out any possibility of foul play. In a harrowing time like this one would expect…

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The other Bleed Blue army

The other Bleed Blue army

For a very long time there has been much hullabaloo about women’s empowerment, how women should be treated equally at home, work and society at large with men, about feminism and everything against mansplaining. Therefore, not surprisingly, when Mithali Raj – the captain of Indian Women’s cricket team – was recently asked who her favourite male cricketer was, she chided, “‘Do you ask a male cricketer who their favourite female player is”? (Raj breaks world…

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Win or Lose, Federer is a champion

Win or Lose, Federer is a champion

Europe has serendipity. In it, UK has scenic beauty; England has class. London, suave. Wimbledon, manners. Even more, Wimbledon has Roger Federer. No, Tennis has Roger Federer. For this generation, Roger Federer is synonymous with greatness. Interestingly, this greatness does not come from the fact that he has the most Grand slam wins ever in the (Gentle)man era. Neither does it come from the fact that he is the winner of the highest number of singles…

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The real reason why inflight meals taste so bad

The real reason why inflight meals taste so bad

Air India’s recent announcement to serve only vegetarian food to coach passengers in its domestic flights has the airline company drenching in a shower of negative criticism, and has non-vegetarians fearing that if they choose to travel in one of its flights they will be served a gag-inducing meal, because no meat. However, this debate brings to attention a universal truth, whether vegetarian or not – ALL FOOD SERVED ON FLIGHTS ARE TERRIBLE. You can…

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Air’bus’, literally – seatless planes to make flying more economical

Air’bus’, literally – seatless planes to make flying more economical

If a Colombian airline gets its way, you will soon realise that your suffocating rides in overcrowded public busses has actually been an experience in luxury travel. In an ambitious hope to bring travel by flight, and an opportunity to explore their country, to working-class Colombians, budget airline VivaColombia is considering plans to remove all seats from its planes and make passengers stand. They believe implementing this absurd (and hazardous) idea  will drive down fares…

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Confusing elitism with obnoxious – a Delhi golf club in dire need of a Dictionary

Confusing elitism with obnoxious – a Delhi golf club in dire need of a Dictionary

I recently became friends with a New Delhi resident who spent an hour, and six hundred rupees on three cups of coffee (notable detail post GST) convincing two other people that Delhites are not the arrogant and irreverent lot they are made out to be. The guy was believable too, given his amiable disposition. But disposition and debate goes to the dump when an elite establishment in the capital does something as disgraceful – and…

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