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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Ancient Indian scriptures refer to the world as “one family”. While this idea of a global village is gaining popularity, our sense of nationalism still looks upon Indians who leave the country to take up residence overseas as non-resident Indians – a separate class unto itself. According to reports from the United Nations (2015), over 244 million people live in countries outside their countries of birth. In this context it is important to note [...]


With the onset of the Green Revolution back in the 1960s, India attempted to multiply its agricultural produce to sustain a fast growing population. Use of chemical fertilizers, and insecticides and pesticides, apart from mechanized farming implements took India to its heady days of agricultural plenty. This also meant, however, that it took Indian farmers away from the traditional methods of farming which were essentially organic in nature. Increasing instances of diseases and health hazards [...]


Film – Irada Directed by – Aparnaa Singh Produced by – Falguni Patel, Prince Soni Cast – Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Rumana Molla, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge Music by – Neeraj Shridhar Duration – 1 hour 49 minutes Censor Rating – U/A Irada is yet another movie with a great theme but a failed execution. Eco-pollution is a major concern these days and it is but natural that Aparnaa Singh decided to direct [...]

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Mahashivratri is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals of India. According to the Hindu calendar there are twelve Shivratris – one in every month – that are significant for the worship of Shiva. Mahashivratri, occurring on the 13th night, 14th day of the waning fortnight of the Phalguna month, is the most important among them all. Hindus all over the world fast and pray, keeping awake through the night. Each year thousands assemble [...]


Indian weddings are known to be some of the most glitzy, glamourous, and extravagant affairs you can see anywhere across the world. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa spent over US$23 million and hosted over 150,000 guests at her foster son Sudhakaran’s wedding reception. This holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest wedding banquet. And then there is the Mittal-Bhatia Wedding where Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal spent about US$60 million on [...]


Did you know that New Delhi has not always been the capital of India? India was divided into many kingdoms through the ancient and medieval times, each with its own capital. Many of these grew into trade hubs and cultural centres. Pataliputra, near Patna, was the capital of the Nanda, Mauryan and Gupta empires of yore. But eventually, the focus shifted west, especially with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate which came to be governed [...]


Firecrackers, dancing and singing on the streets, sweets being distributed across the city, strangers hugging each other. No, Chennai has not come up with an unprecedented Valentine’s Day celebration but the city, today, echoes the jubilant sentiments of Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court of India upheld the trial court’s verdict convicting CM aspirant Sasikala Natarajan in a 21-year-old disproportionate assets case. Sasikala has been ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender immediately. It is likely [...]


Infosys is one of the best known brands in the country. The Bengaluru-based multinational provides IT services and is an outsourcing major. It is the second largest IT company in the country with a market capitalisation of about US$34.38 billion. Known for its employee-friendly environment and work ethics, Infosys has hitherto remained in the news for only the right reasons. Over the past week, however, the company has been in the grip of a crisis, [...]


One of the least sung branches of the glorious Indian Armed Forces is the Indian Navy. The sheer courage, professional skills, patriotism and sacrifices of the officers and sailors of our naval force are no less significant than those made by our air warriors and our men in olive green. They are not as frequently highlighted, though, due to the constant clamour coming in from the northern frontiers. Our men and women in white spend [...]


Jolly LLB, the 2013 courtroom comedy was a wholesome entertainer. Comedy, entertainment, romance, drama – you name it and the movie had it. So if you fell in love with this Arshad Warsi starrer and have been waiting eagerly for its sequel, Jolly LLB 2 is here. Very few Bollywood sequels have outshone their predecessor and Jolly LLB 2 may well be one of the films that managed this mammoth task. Movie – Jolly LLB [...]