Palash Krishna Mehrotra
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Shorts In The Dark

The writer is the editor of 'House Spirit: Drinking in India'

POLITICS

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Identity Crisis in Kashmir: If nationalism isn't fetishized, Kashmiris may see advantages to the idea of being India

Kashmiris today need to make a tough choice while living in very tough circumstances. But while Hindutva may repel, there are advantages as well to willfully joining the Indian mainland.

ART & CULTURE

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POLITICS

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Bringing Home The Bias: Biryani bhakts, Zomato liberals and the idea of India

As Hindutva makes up new traditions each day, which apparently includes boycotting Muslim food delivery boys, a courageous corporate has taken a stand. Can we digest it?

HUMOUR

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In Banana Republic: When five-star hotels give you bananas, don't do a Rahul Bose, please!

Figuring out what is complimentary at a five-star hotel and what is not is at all times walking a tightrope.

POLITICS

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Jhadoo 101 for 'bade log': How to successfully wield a broom for photos

BJP lawmaker from Mathura Hema Malini and Minister of State Anurag Thakur seem to be clueless about the humble jhadoo and are in dire need to learn the technique.

SPORTS

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India lost the World Cup but ‘New India’ led by Dutee Chand won

From the fan’s point of view, it’s good that we haven’t burnt any effigies and are applauding our team’s pluck. The Indian cricket fan has matured but the team…that’s a different story.

VOICES

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Our own Bangla-Desh: We Indians want to build our houses from scratch. And one house just isn't enough

Construction is testimony to doing well in life. That's why you won't find a single spot in the nation where there isn't construction work, materials being transported, the sounds of a drill.

SPORTS

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Itna Sannata Kyun Hai Bhai? Why the Indian cricket fan revels in the fake agony of losing a simple game

Indian cricket fans have a fervent need for their side to win. Not play well or display skill but win. The intense desire for triumph is trumped only when the time comes to actually smash your TV set.

LIFE

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Michael Jackson: No ordinary life

In the wake of child molestation allegations, Jackson’s legacy has been tainted. My take on his legacy is simple – Suppose Jackson was guilty and in prison. We would still listen to him. Let the jailbird sing.

LIFE

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The World, This Week: Three images that broke my heart into three thousand pieces

We are often told to not dwell on sad sights. But confronted with these three pictures, how could I look away? The taste of their despair settled deep within my mouth.