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CHEAPER PRICES AND THE INEQUALITY IT PROPAGATES
When we walk into posh branded stores or super/hypermarkets, in malls or the vendor stores in open street corners and pick a garment, pair of shoes or a rice bag exclaiming “Wow! Great Price” or “cheap”, have you ever asked yourself, “I wonder how they...
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NOT FIFTY SHADES GREY, DARKER OR FREED
Anyone of you ever feel that you are in a constant ‘crossover’ situation? To me, it seems eternal. I was born in a year ending with ‘9’ on a date ‘11’. I am, like many of us, a part of the switch from one century...
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A REALITY WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT
When we think of poverty, the ready emergence of glaring sights of hunger, disease, homelessness, illiteracy, dirty water, lack of livelihoods and education, come to our minds. Very few of us think of the poor’s chronic vulnerability to violence — sexual violence, bonded labour, human...
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AGREE TO DISAGREE OR DISAGREE TO AGREE?
It seems like any other day and you are grumbling about how bad the job situation is in your field with your best friend over coffee. She casually mentions how the current government is actually improving things and immediately, you see red. For the umpteenth...
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HOW TO SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND
At the start of yet another new year, we find ourselves reflecting on the past and those stories that have helped shape our future. Here’s one such story that I’d like to bring to light. The inspiring story of Jagadish Kumar, a stunning individual, a...
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WHAT MIGHT TRANSPIRE IN 2020?
We got seven transwomyn from Chennai to pose as the first six zodiacs of 2020 and the sun for a particular reason. Here is their message of hope for the first half of the coming year. January represented by Aquarius will be defined by calm....
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GOOD WORK ALWAYS SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
Romal Laisram caught up with Rohini Divakar at her residence in Chennai for a long conversation about her inspiring story — one that we were really keen to discover. Here are excerpts from that conversation… What prompted you to join the IRS? I was always...
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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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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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SINGLE AND HOUSE HUNTING IN HYDERABAD
The land owner of the place I am currently staying at, Mr Raju, is a nice man. We have had a long association. I am the oldest tenant in this particular building, and he does not want me to leave his house. Why? I will...
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