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Netajiís love for Amar Singh and more

 Amar Singh, a business man who made hay while financial crisis engulfed the who’s who of politics, business or glamour, is best known for attending Bollywood award functions, posing with industrialist Anil Ambani, taking religious tour

This road to justice

It had been only a few days since we remembered Nirbhaya on her fourth death anniversary on December 29, when we heard about the shocking Bengaluru molestation case. A girl was molested just outside her house, few hours past New Year’s eve.

Faking the future

Prediction is risky: go wrong, and you lose credibility; get it right, and your worst dreams come true. While other bold and learned haruspices of journalism inspect the entrails of 2016 to project trends for the year ahead, this timid practitione

Haphazardly parked auto-rickshaws and commuters` travails

Nitin Kumar, an IT professional, usually leaves for office with a broad smile on his face but as soon as he reaches Noida City Centre metro station to catch a Gurgaon-bound metro, he starts losing his cool because of haphazardly parked auto-ricksh

Why I would choose Gatimaan over Shatabdi?

 I have started liking the Gatimaan Express, the Delhi-Agra ‘bullet’ train, not so much for being a time-saver – as it takes about 15 minutes less than the Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi - but for the awesome food that’s served

How Modi hacked the hackers

 I was glued to the television screen, following the US presidential election coverage. In the midst of an extremely intense television debate, where each participant was grappling for airtime, the news anchor announced that prime minister Na

Colours of the white desert

In the night of a full moon, the white desert of Kutch is a captivating sight. The view of mushy salt land under the blanket of moonlight, stretching as far as your eyes can see, beholds tourists coming from across the world. Around 80 kil

Demonetisation blues: From cashless to homeless

For a single woman to live in a city like Delhi is not an easy task. People are amazed when I say; I have been staying alone for more than a decade now. They wonder what it takes to live such a life. Honestly, it excites me, thrills me and surpris

Procedural changes from 1978 may have created huge loopholes

On November 8, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high-value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect. A detailed procedure was notified in the Official Gazette explaining h

How to live cashless in this cash crunched economy

 Demonetisation has taken the Indian economy and social media by a storm. We are all facing much inconvenience due to shortage of cash in hand. Hence, we need to find more ways to survive without cash. We need to shift our focus to the online

Mobile ATM: When joy knew no bounds

Someone breathlessly said: “Mobile ATM has come. Mobile ATM has come.” The message had an electrifying effect on the employees. Amid whoops of joy, they promptly went scurrying out of their office to find out more. And

The unending queue and a proud banker

“Mom, I have no cash, can’t come home. Can you come here and bring along some money?”  The early morning SOS message from my daughter, a student of tourism studies in Agra, over phone was distressing. She had been looking fo

Purple is the new black

The man standing in front of me shifted his weight from his left leg to the right leg. A minute later he gazed forlornly at the serpentine queue outside the ATM, adjusted his spectacles and shifted back his weight on to his left leg.

A long road ahead in curbing black economy

Although I am not an expert on economy, I do understand that the latest step taken by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has created a lot of noise and will play a significant role in combating black economy. This move, however, will alone not b

Amar Singh: Samajwadi Partyís stormtrooper

The portly and balding Amar Singh is back in the news – and how. A close confidante of Mulayam Singh, the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party, the return of Amar Singh is being cited as one of the reasons for the current turbulence in the p

Be cautious or else you may fall prey to debit card fraud

 The news of vital data of thousands of debit cards being exposed to fraudsters has sent many into a tizzy, with people now calling up their banks and looking up Google on what to do next. Though banks have been sending alerts, to all those w

Railway budget-Union budget merger: Letís do away with general budget too

Now that the rail budget has chugged into history, the spotlight needs to be turned on the annual financial statement in Article 112 of the Constitution of India – better known as the general budget that is in desperate need of reform.

Why 1.2 bn people have just one Sakshi Malik and one P V Sindhu

 Watching the ecstatic parents of Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu on the television as the girls picked medals and ended a drought for team India at the Rio Olympics, I remembered that long time ago, I too had played a sporty mom. Like most paren

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open and liberal society, which gives people more and be

And dirty flows the Ganga

“The river [Ganga] is no ordinary image in which the divine has come to dwell. She is celestial-unmediated and immediate. Whatever is holy, whatever is merciful, whatever is utterly auspicious is already there,” writes Diana L. Eck in

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