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Nepal – Dawn to Dusk

We have just arrived at Nagarkot escaping the dust, heat and diesel fumes of Kathmandu. Nepal seems like a parallel universe to India – this is how India would have been, but by some stroke of luck it managed to stumble ahead economically. Indian TV channels dominate the cultural narrative here, but Nepali are protective [...]

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The chosen few get to visit Vrindavan

Vrindavan – A Journey to your Heart

They say that it takes thousands of births to be able to come here. You need the permission of Radha Rani to visit Vrindavan, this is her realm. Her name is plastered all over the walls, the rickshaw puller shout Radhe Radhe instead of honking, she is the path to Krishna. The world wants Krishna, and Krishna Pines for [...]

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Road-trip through Rajasthan (Part 2)

<< Road-trip through Rajasthan -Part 1 We had already driven 1200 km, but we were hungry for more.  I had been apprehensive that a road trip may end up feeling as stressful as my everyday commute, instead there was something about open roads and open expanses of Rajasthan that felt therapeutic. We left the sands of [...]

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Reviews

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Krishna Das – One Track Heart

Krishna Das re-defines the Kirtan, and what it is supposed to sound like. His voice and music sensibilities are of a hard-rock singer, but the heart is of a pure devotee. As he sings the traditional Indian devotional music in his accented deep voice, you find yourself going deeper into your own self. I got exposed [...]

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Opinion

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AAP won Delhi by winning the online battle first

Aam aadmi party had been written off by all the political parties and by most media. For it to rise to power in Delhi seems almost miraculous given the lack of media coverage it got closer to the elections. How could it do so well when even the exit polls showed it to be nowhere near [...]

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You are being watched

“On the internet, no one knows that you are a dog” was true for 1993 when it was published as a cartoon by the New Yorker. The world is different now. We have conceded a lot of ground about our identity to companies online and in exchange we get content and services for free. But [...]

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Business

Pothole flagged off - God bless our cars and limbs

India needs to abandon the ‘Jugaad’ mindset

Branch of a tree poking out of the road in Mumbai is now widely understood to be a sign that there is a pothole underneath and to be careful around it. This is Indian Jugaad at its best, making do with whatever is available. This Jugaad mindset has traditionally had a negative connotation for being [...]

Vijay Mallya on KF airline website

Leadership lessons from Kingfisher Airline fiasco

How does one explain the mess that Vijay Mallya is in? His crown jewel, Kingfisher airline, has run up a debt of 7000 Cr, has reported losses for every year of its operation, and now stands grounded with its license suspended. There are arrest warrants against him for bounced cheques (withdrawn recently), the KF staff has not [...]

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