Saanya Gulati

Writer on Contemporary Politics, Society, Culture & Travel

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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How AAP Finally Saved Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day has become an eventful occasion in Delhi. This year, the Hindu Mahasabha is spicing things up with forced mass marriages to keep Indian culture ‘intact.’ For Arvind Kejriwal, Valentine’s Day marks exactly one year of his resignation as Delhi’s Chief Minister, and a complete turnaround, as he prepares to be sworn-in as the CM this Valentine’s Day!                     Kejriwal, […]

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[Petition] Demand Action Against Shiv Sena MPs who Force-Fed a Fasting Muslim Staffer

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Several media channels have highlighted the atrocious incident at Maharashtra Sadan on 23 July 2014, where 11 Shiv Sena Members of Parliament (MPs) force-fed a Muslim staffer who was observing the fast of Ramadan. The MPs were allegedly protesting the substandard quality of food in Maharashtra Sadan. Arvind Sawant, the Shiv Sena MP from South-Mumbai has even gone on record to say “The incident of stuffing the chappati is a form […]

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Lessons from #RahulSpeaksToArnab: need for more engagement with political leaders

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As I eagerly awaited the “Rahul Gandhi’s television interview with Arnab Goswami” yesterday along with several others in the country, I could not help but question the considerable media sensation created around this one political interaction. While it may be justified, given that this is the first time Rahul Gandhi has taken on direct questions from the media after his political debut in 2004, the very fact that a potential […]

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The 8 #Fail Moments in Dhoom 3

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You know how every now and then you come across a movie so lousy that you can almost take humour in it? Well, Dhoom 3 takes this to the next level. Not only does it create its own fusion genre of action-comedy-romance-drama-thriller, but it even tests the limits of your emotions. There are moments you’re simply not sure whether you should laugh, cry, or be terrified. Doom it is! On […]

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Observations from the Delhi Elections

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Having lived away for four years, I do not remember the last time I witnessed an election day in India. Sadly, I am not a resident of Delhi, and could not vote. In social media language, this translates to “I could not update my Facebook status to ‘I voted’ or upload a flashy picture of my finger with a black dot on Instagram. (#Sad) Humour apart, it was a pleasant […]

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11 Takeaways from Travel

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I returned to India a year ago after completing my higher studies in the United States. This was a conscious decision I made, and not the consequence of a terrible job market or any sort of parental pressure. Rather than finding my freedom restricted, or the opportunities limited, I found no bounds and no boundaries to the places that I wanted to visit. The more I saw, the more my bucket list […]

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Kashmir – an unexpected and unforgettable journey

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From Sikkim to Srinagar Every now and then your travels take you to a place that sparks your curiosity, as a result of which the more you see the more you want to see. This is what inspires you to keep traveling. Every now and then your travel plans are subject to trials and tribulations, as a result of which you may be forced to reroute your entire itinerary. Such […]

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Varied Images of Varanasi

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The quintessential image of Varanasi is a peaceful one, by the banks of the river Ganga, still and silent, against the backdrop of temples. Exit the Banaras Railway Station, and the image could not be more contrary. Trudging from the station to the hotel was a blur of incessant traffic horns, indignant autowallas, and frantic calls to our hotel amidst the streets of the city that are evidently unable to accommodate it’s […]

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