Tabla is the new guitar, and Shobhit Banwait is the poster boy of this evolution

Tabla is the new guitar, and Shobhit Banwait is the poster boy of this evolution

Raise your hand if you now feel stupid for shunning the guy who played the tabla in inter-school fests. I mean, when it comes to sweeping women off the floor, guitarists are known to enjoy an advantage over their competitors, right? Next in line would be the dark and mysterious drummer at the back. In fact, we probably can’t imagine a violinist, or a pianist, or say, a percussionist, striking the kind of chord it…

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She can’t do sexy – and that’s super cool!

She can’t do sexy – and that’s super cool!

Sofia Ashraf’s catchy tracks are a welcome relief from the overdose of sexiness in entertainment After Sheila, Laila, Mary, and the occasional Zandu balm user, I think we’re well past the point where we stop expecting anything realistic relating to the human female form, and its purpose, from Indian mainstream media. But look at other avenues and you might find respite. Meet Sofia Ashraf – musician, content creator , and a producer with Culture Machine’s…

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Abijit Ganguly – the unaware Santa of Kapil Sharma’s show

Abijit Ganguly – the unaware Santa of Kapil Sharma’s show

Abijit Ganguly is a hero for calling out the television-biggy Comedy Nights with Kapil for lifting his joke. He is also a sport for laughing while responding to the barrage of explicits from Kapil Sharma fans and plagiarism-apologists for doing exactly this. Here is what the one time corporate guy and now full time, and very popular, stand-up comedian has to say about the controversy, the entire point of which seems to have flown over…

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Hyping hip-hop with Desi tadka!

Hyping hip-hop with Desi tadka!

Kolkata-based Disco Jockey and Music Producer, DJ Ritzzze, takes desi hip hop right where it belongs – in the international charts If you live in Kolkata, you probably know him as the hottest DJ in town. Rittesh Sikri aka DJ Ritzzze has a resume far sparkly and extensive than that. Not convinced? Try to keep pace – he is the most popular (and the only other) Indian DJ to be signed by Smash the Trash…

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This summer, lose the flab, not the fun!

This summer, lose the flab, not the fun!

If there is someone who can combine good food with good heath, it’s Dhrishti Bijlani – a consulting nutritionist and clinical dietitian, weight loss expert and a certified Diabetes educator. If these aren’t too many feathers on one hat, the 27 year old also successfully runs her own Mumbai-based enterprise, Flab-you-Less, which aims to make healthy lifestyle (including effective ways to achieve a toned physique) accessible to all. With the pool-party invites piling up, she is definitely…

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Gaurab Borah – the man making the most of online marketing

Gaurab Borah – the man making the most of online marketing

My relation with the internet began in high-school days, and over the years it has become that friend whose existence in my life is lamented by my parents – because all I happen to use it for is downloading movies, and going broke with endless online shopping. That makes one kind of internet user. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Hyderabad-based Gaurab Borah – a marketing enthusiast who has discovered a…

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Earn cashback with CashTag

Earn cashback with CashTag

Following the digital drive since 2010, data analytics saw a sudden surge in India, and since then it has grown exponentially. Today, however, various start-ups try to register your digital footprint and continuously strive to derive meaning from the growing list of records — that seems to be name of the game. There are also several apps that capture you GPS co-ordinates and proactive drive customers to merchants, however there is one which allows you…

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Destined to Design

Destined to Design

by Zaiceka Ahmed If a world led by women can be assumed to be a far more harmonious one (can’t disagree with Dalai Lama), it is no surprise that any industry that sees a participation of women leaders would become an indispensable one in current times. Take for example the story of Aarushi Saria – a young graphic designer cum entrepreneur who took on the challenge of establishing her own graphic designing firm, 361 Degrees,…

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Alicia Souza – the illustrator-entrepreneur reigning our hearts as well as the retail sector!

Alicia Souza – the illustrator-entrepreneur reigning our hearts as well as the retail sector!

-by Zaiceka Ahmed (Alicia with Charlie) I swear I was so excited to see her response in my inbox, especially since every source I have had informed me that she is always super busy, what with her new business (flourishing at a rapid pace), the plethora of responsibilities of which she balances with her second job as a very popular freelance illustrator (one of her latest work was frilling the header of the Times of India newspaper…

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The Himatsingka brothers Truck with technology – the Truckola story

The Himatsingka brothers Truck with technology – the Truckola story

The 21st century is going through a historic phase of massive disruption through the use of technology. The tech savvy generation has taken the game to a level beyond imagination in nearly every sector. “Then why would the massive $300 billion Indian transportation industry live in stone age?” Hence, the inception of new age technology driven truck aggregators! Typically, a small sized “baniya” fleet operator can easily earn 500%-600% return on his investment within 3-4 years. However, the…

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Jason Arland – Styling the world, Like a MAN!

Jason Arland – Styling the world, Like a MAN!

-by Zaiceka Ahmed (Jason Arland) There is the kind of art which is found in galleries, framed or propped on a pedestal. And there are those that move around – walking, talking, breathing. Lost? Well then, let me introduce you to an example of such. Meet Jason Arland – a 21 year old stylist, model, and dynamite make up artist set to make waves in the glamour industry, and do so by vigorously rattling the…

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HBB – The Publishing House Leading by Example

HBB – The Publishing House Leading by Example

Imagine a society where only half the population calls the shots, lives by their own terms, and readily gets the opportunity to earn a living and be financially independent, while the other half is confined by societal and familial restrictions, thwarting their chances to experience a healthy growth of personality, and blocking the scope to live life to the fullest. To this second half, a financially independent and self-governed life is many a times just a dream. Sadly, this is the…

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