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Story Posted on 17-08-2019


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Seasonal food, Gujarat, Dalwada, Monsoon delicacies

Spicy wadas and pouring rain: Monsoon is the time to gorge on fried lentil dumplings, popular across India

In Gujarat, all it takes is a rain shower for people to line up outside dalwada shops. But the crisp fried snack, with a spicy chutney, is loved by people across India who add their own twists.


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Bollywood, Patriotism, Independence day 2019, Uri the surgical strike

Surge of nationalism or political promotion: What is wrong with Bollywood’s recent blockbusters?

If the audiences are lapping up films that reinforce a sense of patriotism, why is it being talked about as effective propaganda?


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Narendra modi and amit shah, Amit shah section 370, Article 370 removal, Article 370 jammu and kashmir

What Kashmir? For some Indians, Kashmir is paradise, for others, it's burning hell. For some others, it means nothing

Article 370 scrapped and its repercussions in Kashmir, as well as tensions with Pakistan, are like a fairy tale to many marginal sections of society. It means nothing in their everyday lives.


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Nutritious food for all, Food wastage, Food security, Starvation deaths

Food for thought: Our country does not provide nutritious food for all. The ramifications are huge

Despite 72 years of Independence, India still has a vast population that's hungry and even faces starvation death. This, in a nation that wastes as much food as the UK consumes.


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Poetry, Bollywood Music, Partition, Gulzar

The Anger of Gulzar: Unlike his softly musing romantic poetry, Gulzar sahab's political verse is hard-hitting and edgy

On his birthday, a look at the poet extraordinaire's writing on communal violence, corruption, unemployment. The tone and words here are different from Gulzar's beautiful romantic verse.