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Flavours of Ramadan Culture Featured Society Travel & Food 

Flavours of Ramadan – Around the world

Flavours of Ramadan: Since the holiest month of Islam is in harness, we thought of taking you through the culinary delicacies of Ramadan. A typical day for the one who keeps a roza starts with a meal followed by a strict fast until sundown when after the evening prayer, the fast is broken with a communal gathering to enjoy the Iftar feast. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad broke his fast by eating 3 dates. But fortunately, you don’t have to curb your appetite, because here is a list of…

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Kashmir separatism Featured Politics Society 

Kashmir – Through Three Different Voices

Kashmir: The Land Stuck in Stubborn War   “I write to you for I must Not as a tragic hero or scapegoat Or one tribal outcast as poets must But as one with the burden of truth Though in your possession are truths And versions of truth many That best serves the modern conveniences… Spend years a troublous life and you can’t flee You’ll get nothing. Proven. Dreaded dreams, tortured vision, torn and broken bodies And faces disfigured with immeasurable grief All but have left us withered, spinning Our fatal…

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confessions of a bisexual Featured Society 

Confessions of a Bisexual Woman

I am tired of being told my struggle doesn’t count, or that in fact it isn’t a struggle at all. I am tired of being told that I may be different, but not nearly different enough for it to mean anything. I hate being rejected from one community of people for not being as far separated from the other, to belong with them. I am a 19-year-old cis gender girl (or at least that’s the amount of self exploration I have achieved thus far) and these are the confessions of…

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apurva asrani homosexuality Culture Featured Movies Society 

Apurva Asrani, Homosexuality and the Film Industry

Apurva Asrani, in this short interview, speaks of Aligarh, homosexuality in the film industry and how Bollywood is gradually maturing over the years and helping common people to come out of the closet:   In a country which forbids homosexuality by law, what made you write a screenplay like that of Aligarh? It is an outdated law passed by Henry VIII in 1553 but done away by them in their own country. Besides, the law is unconstitutional. It is in direct conflict with one’s fundamental right to privacy and dignity….

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Sachin Featured Movies Sports 

A Billion Dreams – Sachin

In an age of biopics and feature films, it was indeed an interesting choice to pitch the story of Sachin as a docu-drama. Now before I get on to any details of the film, in 2 hours 20 minutes, the film entails the story of the man that is behind the legend Sachin Tendulkar, in a chronicle that compels us to plunge at the nostalgia of the man we love and adore the most, but disappointingly enough, the film fails to apprise the controversies and disputes that happened behind the…

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WHO'S Let's Talk Featured Society 

World Health Organisation’s ‘ Let’s Talk ‘ Campaign

April 7th is the World Health Day, as decreed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) , a specialised agency of the United Nations. This year on this day, it launched its anti-depression campaign ‘ Let’s Talk ’. This is a worldwide campaign intended to raise awareness about depression and enable countries to cultivate better facilities to deal with this illness. In India depression carries a social stigma and isn’t viewed as just another bodily illness, but as an unacceptable condition that needs to be brushed under the rug. In a…

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Featured Movies 

A List of Really Bad Movies One Should Watch Before Death

It is said that one has to suffer to create art. While we’re not sure about the art end, both writers for this article did their share of suffering, often in movie theatres where the movie took the backseat in favour of… activities that the RSS most definitely does not encourage. Well, 4/20 may have gone by but what follows is a list of the really bad movies one should watch before death. (of boredom, perhaps, but death is inevitable. ) NOTE: Regulated quantities of the Devil’s Lettuce may be…

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Campus Politics in Kolkata JU Culture Featured Politics Society 

Campus Politics in Kolkata- Rebellion or idealisation?

Campus politics in Kolkata is often viewed in a negative light by parents in the households of the state. It is seen as a wasteful use of time that might be ‘better spent’ on academics. Yet year after year, seniors come in with anecdotes of how they too were forewarned, and ignoring this warning was the best decision they ever made, recruiting freshers into the same narrative. Politics is not a dirty word. We have grown up, seeing the government and their representatives as a conglomeration of the power wielding…

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Gorillaz' Humanz Culture Featured Society 

Gorillaz’ Humanz Is the Mature Racial Commentary We Need

7 years post 2010’s album Plastic Beach, (6 if you count the follow-up “The Fall”), Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have taken their time with their collaborative musical project Gorillaz. Both had their own things, Damon even releasing a new album and composing for an opera, while Hewlett got married and opened an art exhibition for himself. Work on Gorillaz’ Humanz, due on 28th April (it is 22nd at the time of writing), only began in 2014, but that’s that. The new album is all that you would expect, and…

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Things that should be banned in India following all religious sentiments

The 42nd Amendment to the Constitution of India enacted in 1976 amended the Preamble to assert that India was a secular nation. This meant that the State would not mingle with religious sentiments regarding its affairs, and all religious communities would be subjected to equal rights and laws. Yet the reality remains starkly different. In India, there is no universally applicable code of law; the concept of Personal Laws for Islamic communities prevails giving rise to many social problems like child marriage, polygamy and unequal inheritance laws. On the other…

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