Ajay Mankotia
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English   |   Bangla

The writer is a former revenue official.

POLITICS

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The Higher Call: Two tragedies, 34 years apart, in the Rann of Kutch airspace

What happens if an Air Force pilot decides to be human first, though the rules of warfare of his country mandate that no mercy be shown.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

Old songs, new delights: How YouTube is letting fans enjoy complete versions of abridged melodies

Many old songs would have some stanzas deleted to make them fit into records. These lost stanzas are now being rediscovered.

VARIETY

 |   6-minute read

How Mohammed Rafi pushed boundaries and explored new frontiers with his music

During his career, Rafi not only sang in Hindi, but also in English, Dutch, Sinhalese and Arabic among many other languages.

LIFE

 |   9-minute read

MONEY

 |   5-minute read

What's the cost of doing business in India?

Once the dust settles down, the re-introduction of the long-term capital gains tax will not really bother Indian investors.

ART & CULTURE

 |   10-minute read

ART & CULTURE

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Story behind Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water'

On December 4, 1971, one of the greatest rock bands in the world, created a classic out of fire.

ART & CULTURE

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Why Neil Young is still going strong

His next album 'The Visitor' is set to be released on December 1 this year.

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

Why few people know it was SD Burman who made Asha Bhosle a youth icon

A tribute to the legendary music director on his 42nd death anniversary that fell on October 31.

ART & CULTURE

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Dil Deke Dekho: To Usha Khanna, the unsung woman who broke film records in a man's world

The only female music director in the Hindi film industry for five decades celebrates her birthday on October 7.