Ajay Mankotia
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The writer is an author, former revenue official and a music aficionado.

VARIETY

 |   9-minute read

Happy Birthday Kalyanji: An ode to the music Kalyanji-Anandji treated us to

The duo had a fine flair for regional folk music, catchy dance numbers, soulful devotional songs, children’s songs – you name it.

ART & CULTURE

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What makes the Bollywood title song eternal

The title song is amongst the many subgenres that exist in the delightful world of Hindi film music, especially till the mid-70s. Though not extinct yet, they are certainly on their way out.

ART & CULTURE

 |   7-minute read

Engelbert Humperdinck: How a shy Madras boy became pop heart-throb

This month, Engelbert turned 84. But his music has transcended time and generations and his voice continues to reach out to people – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke emotions.

ART & CULTURE

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Why there cannot be another Talat Mahmood

What makes Talat Mahmood's voice unique, beyond replication?

VOICES

 |   6-minute read

Delhi gang rape convicts hanged. Is India ready to face its reality?

India’s Daughter should be seen by all as it holds a mirror to a society that is far from being sensitive to gender issues.

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

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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

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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

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MONEY

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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.