Modi Watch: Support #SelfieWithDaughter, but feminism-bashing remains the norm

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On Sunday, 28 June Modi announced his latest campaign for education of the girl child – #SelfieWithDaughter on his radio show Mann Ki Baat. In typical NaMo style, the campaign had its own hash tag that was *surprise* trending on Twitter. Before I elaborate my views on #SelfiesWithDaughter, I have to credit Modi for popularizing selfies to the point where my 80-year old grand mom recently asked me what a […]

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Just Tweet It: Why Social Media Is The King Of Customer Service

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The worst part of being a customer – be it for the largest of brands – is usually customer service. If you have spent hours listening to humdrum jingles while your call is placed on hold (with constant reminders of how ‘important’ your call is), cursing recorded voices for spewing inadequate options (why is ‘talk to somebody’ almost never included), or bickering with incompetent service staff who can’t seem to […]

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When Life Gives You Yoga – 11 Essential Asanas

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While yoga’s westward journey is an old story, the new and more exciting story is its journey back to India, with the Modi Government. And oh is it back with a bang! From setting up an AYUSH ministry dedicated to spreading yoga, to the controversy about making the suryanamaskar (sun salutation)  compulsory in schools, yoga, like most things in India has become politicized. The good news is that we also have […]

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The English Dictionary of Dilliwallas

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As a Bombay girl living in Delhi, people are quick to pick up on my poor Hindi. It’s true: Mumbaikars speak a breed of Hindi that defies all logic and grammatical conventions. Then of course there is the occasional infusion of Marathi words that will inevitably invite raised eyebrows from Dilliwallas – should you ever commit the mistake of using them. (Try asking your sabziwalla for Kandha, Batata, or Kothmeel!) […]

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Uber India: The Banality of Bans

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In what seems to be another Delhi taxi-scandal, Uber is yet again being forcibly shut down. While last time the raucous was over a rape incident that raised several concerns about women’s safety, this time it seems to be another endemic problem in India – bureaucracy. Taking the law into its own hands, the Delhi police has prosecuted 158 taxis and impounded 120 taxis were impounded during 24-hours in a special […]

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Clutch Me Baby – Tarini Nirula’s Designs

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Though clutches recently came back into fashion, few of us know that they have been around since the 1920s, then referred to as the pochette. With the growing number of boutiques and design labels, the variety available today is obviously unmatched in the history of clutches. The challenge is now to stand out from the crowd. While I don’t have brand loyalties when it comes to most accessories, clutches are […]

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Modi Watch: Google Apologizes, We All Fall Down

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Earlier this week, social media users stirred up a storm with the discovery that images of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi show up on a search for ‘Top 10 Indian criminals.’ Like most social media storms, it was soon trending on Twitter, with several unrealistic demands for its removal. Eventually, it culminated in an apology from Google, along with the following disclaimer on the page: ‘These results don’t reflect […]

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When Life Gives You Yoga – ESKA

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While I’ve experimented with different workouts over the last few years, yoga has remained the most consistent form of exercise. As you can imagine, yoga-wear has become equally important as a result. For the longest time, I have been relying on generous relatives to bring me yoga pants from Victoria Secret. That is, until one day my neighbor and yoga-classmate Shivani Nirula asked me where I bought my yoga pants […]

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Styling with Vesa India

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I rarely blog about fashion, but when I do, I prefer to feature brands that are niche. What attracted me to Vesa, was its unique approach to Indo-western fusion. The Pashmina Blazer, which I am featuring in this piece, uses bright colours, an edgy design, and looks extremely smart if styled well. The use of Pashmina fabric gives it a softer and silkier feel to a regular blazer, and a traditional twist. The […]

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