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#SPEAKYOURMIND WITH RESHMA PASUPALETI
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? I’m an everyday woman. Basically a fun, straightforward person. THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP? Search for my misplaced phone on my bed. LAST THING YOU DO BEFORE YOU SLEEP? Unfortunately I do the same morning routine...
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#SPEAKYOURMIND WITH RAAJ AYYAPPA
How would you define yourself? I’m a fiercely ambitious guy who’s trying to be the best version of myself; a cinema fanatic; love travelling, riding and driving; a guy driven by integrity and a sane presence of mind; I’m always positive; I am a nature...
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DRIVE BY PASSION
What got you into designing? I am a business graduate. My family and friends including myself never thought I’d get into designing, but I always was inclined towards the arts since I was a kid. My mother accidently introduced me to interior designing and I...
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A BITTERSWEET ODE TO THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS
Jigar Pala could have coasted along, doing what he already did: he could run his little Brahmin Udupi eatery in a small suburb of Mumbai, making a decent living, serving food he has served for decades, food his father served for decades before him. On...
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I WAS THE FIRST WOMAN IN BANGALORE TO RIDE A BIKE
EQUALITY BEGINS AT HOME; WE COULD VOICE A ‘NO’ TO OUR FATHER AND CALL OUT THAT HE WAS WRONG EVEN WHEN WE WERE KIDS: Being the daughter of the late legendary writer, author and litterateur P Lankesh had its perks. You could voice out your...
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IF YOU PRACTICE CASTE, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN
When news broke last year that Kevin Joseph, a 23-year-old dalit Christian youngster had been killed by the family of his newlywed wife Neenu, Malayalis didn’t initially suspect that it was a case of ‘honour killing’. They had associated the term mostly with villages in...
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A YEAR ONWARDS, EMPOWERMENT IS A BLURRY DREAM
I’m not going to argue that the reading down of IPC Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is not an important milestone for LGBTQIA+ people in India. Of course it is. It is a very small thing we asked for — the right to...
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SAFE FOR NOW, BUT FOR HOW LONG?
As someone who often struggles with the question: ‘Who am I?’ meeting Rohingya refugees at the camp that currently serves as their shelter, hit me hard. I couldn’t find an Uber to Balapur, in the Old City, in Hyderabad, where the camp is located. Not...
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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE TIGER WOMAN
Calcutta in the 1880s —cultural, artistic, revolutionary. A well-connected class and caste of reformers made waves through India, and the Indian revolution, for generations. One small part of this story, lost in our revolutionary nostalgia, is the nascent formations of the Indian circus — specifically,...
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MEN CAN CUDDLE TOO
It was one of those rainy nights during the Mumbai monsoon, the sky outside seemed angry with the city… thunder, lightning, trees falling, random politico-religious songs playing in the background — you get the picture, right? Somewhere in some part of this large metropolis a...
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