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Locked Away on V-Day

A friend of mine is coming to Delhi on 13th February. After we graduated from school, he left to pursue engineering in Mumbai, while I stayed back to study at Delhi University. I haven’t seen him in over two years now. So when he got in touch with me on Facebook and told me about his plans of coming home ...

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You know you are in Seattle when…

You know you are in Seattle when… Every other person you know works either for Microsoft, Amazon or Boeing. There is water everywhere. You suddenly become a coffee drinker and know at least 10 different types of coffees. You know the difference between Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai food. You can also differentiate between Coffees from various coffee-shops. You ...

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5 Things you could be doing after your exams

The summer months from May to July mark the beginning of a new phase in the lives of many people. It’s the time when 12th graders become college-goers, students receive their graduation hats, graduates become post graduates and post graduates embark on a new journey as they enter a job. But while most people are eager to take the next ...

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Book Review of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me

“My touch is lethal. My touch is power.” The distributors of this book sure knew how to get the readers intrigued, thanks to this text on the cover. Tahereh Mafi’s dystopian thriller follows the story of Juliette, a girl whose touch is lethal enough to kill. She has been locked up in a cell for 264 days. Starved, abandoned, alone ...

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The 5 Must-Read Books for the Introverts

Since the very beginning of time, stories have been the one portal for anyone who ever wished to escape the monotony of life. Moreover, for people who have never been good at interacting or communicating, books have provided them with the support to overcome loneliness. Luckily, there are many writers who have dealt with such similar themes in their novels. ...

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Book Review of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train

A slightly obsessed female, a not-so-perfect couple, and a missing woman. Did this description remind you of Gone Girl? Well, it did to me too. But Paula Hawkins’s debut novel, The Girl on the Train, is nothing like Gillian Flynn’s tale. In the very beginning of the story, we’re introduced to Rachel Watson. A middle-aged woman who takes a train ...

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Why Emma Sulkowicz’s Project was to carry a mattress around Columbia Univ.

On the first day of her second year at Columbia in August of 2012, Emma Sulkowicz filed charges against her friend, a fellow student named Paul Nungesser for violently raping her. For many months she decided to not file any complaints, until she heard about the other victims that Nungesser had allegedly assaulted. She decided to step forward, bringing charges ...

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Screw the board exams.

The world salutes the rising sun! And so did everyone when the 12th Board results were announced this year. Only a few days back were the news channels flooded with live interviews of toppers of 2015’s Board exams. Family pictures along with snippets about the achievers formed major portions of the front pages of the dailies. While our ‘para’ (meaning locality ...

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Idli Dosa and the Hyderabad Blues – I

When I returned to United States from India this past December, my friends asked me, “So! How was your India trip?” I felt like an actress who holds a press conference and says, “Oh! I had a whirlwind tour. I was all over the place, promoting my film!” My trip to India was a whirlwind tour all right, except, I ...

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BomBae

A city of paradox, irony and constant change, It’s charm, so unique and latent that many take their own sweet time to recognise what makes Bombay so special. Why is the love so strong, difficult to part with. Almost seems like a helpless romantic hopelessly gazing into the eyes of his beautiful partner, refusing to tear away. No other beauty entices him, ...

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