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How Journalism is dying a slow and painful death inside classrooms because of the examples we have set before students I visit a lot of mass media institutes to raise awareness about mass media subjects, especially to talk about journalism. My campus visits sometimes includes special classes with school-going children too. Usually these are classes [...]
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I was running on a trail. The redwoods were a magnificent sight and I was basking in the glory of running amidst nature. The organizers had asked us to follow the arrows marks and said that volunteers would be stationed at regular intervals. I was soon lost in the beauty of the pristine green surroundings, [...]
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I had rented a single room in New Delhi when I was 22 years of age. Two years later, I rented a one-bedroom flat. The landlord, who gave the haggard property to me without asking too many questions, left a dressing table behind. The dressing table had a cracked mirror and a huge broken drawer [...]
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Hrishikesh opened the door to his flat. Tired after a punishing day at work, he wanted to grab a quick meal and sleep off. As he walked inside, a pretty little dog ran up to greet him, his tail bobbing like it always did. Cole, the vivacious cocker spaniel, had been missing him while he [...]
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The sun was setting in the summer sky. The motorway was clear with endless fields of trees surrounding them. The plan was to set-off later to avoid the traffic but also because Priya loved the sunset. The cloud formation over a colourful sky gave her butterflies in the stomach. And just as she was immersed [...]
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My earliest Eid memories go back to 1981, when I was close to 5 years, and we had shifted to a new place called Kanpur where my father was transferred. My father didn't opt for government houses as they were too small for our joint family which included my dearest grandfather and first cousins, making [...]
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As Sudha rummaged through heaps of clothing scattered around the export surplus store, her mind was on that one jacket she saw there a week back. With dogged determination she went through the clothes, piece by piece, looking for that military green jacket that Samrat would look so good in. Samrat, the love of her [...]
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Rajesh and Riya, the happy couple, was neighbours envy since ages. Married since 15 years, both of them were successfully managing their professional life along with their emotional family affairs and demanding social responsibilities. None in their neighbourhood or office could recall any of them blaming the spouse for any uncomfortable situation in life – […]

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"Sir, I have sent you a link. It's from Texas University." "Thanks. I will read it." "No sir, this is not for your reading. I have applied for a course there. I need you to recommend me." "What do you want me to write there?" "Sir, please write that I was one of the best [...]
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Mumbai. Some six may be seven years back, there was some sort of communal tension in the city. In an undefined way the city was bandh (a politically enforced closure for every economic activity)- as the case usually is. I had to step out of the house and reach somewhere for some work. I don't [...]
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“A Sad song usually means a heartbreak. “ “A sad yet hopeful song means your ex is still on your mind.” “A happy song reminds you of the happy memories with your ex. In rare cases, your present.” “An old song reminds you of your parents.” “A dance number is the most frivolous of all [...]
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“Sridharji, Namaskar, main Amitabh Bachchan bol raha hoon ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ se.” My Saturday evening thoughts were pierced with this familiar baritone booming through my earpiece. The Big B was calling me? Like, meee!? But…I mean..how!? Man! This is too cool! I mumbled and stumbled, my filter kaapi spilling all over the place, and the [...]
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