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Day: October 15, 2018

PSA for All: Durga Puja is Not Navaratri So Please Don’t Ask a Bengali to Not Eat Fish

There’s a very popular saying in Bengali, ‘Baaro maashey tairo parbon’. It translates to something like this- in twelve months, there are 13 festivals. All twelve months of our calendar are littered with dates and days for celebrations. It is this festive diversity that is often eulogised in postcards, political speeches, songs and pop culture. But lately, […]

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer at 65

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65. Allen’s company Vulcan Inc said in a statement that he died Monday, 15 October. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned. (Photo: Twtitter/@ByRosenberg) Allen, who was an avid sports […]

Even if Akbar’s not gone, #MeTooIndia has ensured talking about sex is no longer limited to ‘private things about private parts’

There have been many wonderful fallouts of the #MeTooIndia movement. One of them has been language—the way women are being able to articulate, publicly, what would have previously been “private things about private parts”. In India, where flowers kissed instead of actors barely a generation ago, children aren’t even taught adult words for their su-sus […]

Fendi’s New ‘Vulva Scarf’ is Reminding Everyone of the Time They Were Born

Questionable fashion. Questionable fashion. Loading… Fashion can sometimes be inspiring, sometimes bold. And sometimes it can be plain bizarre. Take this new scarf from Fendi, for example. Named ‘The Touch of Fur’, the shawl is salmon in colour with fur trimmings. Priced at just over £750, the shawl is the latest in Fendi’s womenswear collection.However, […]

PM Seeks Reasonable Fuel Rates From Global Oil CEOs to Help Rupee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 15 October, warned oil producers like Saudi Arabia that high crude prices are hurting the global economy as he sought reasonable rates and a review of payment terms to provide a temporary relief to the local currency. India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, has over the past two months […]

Shashi Tharoor clarifies comment on ‘good Hindus’ not wanting Ram temple at Ayodhya, claims ‘malicious distortion of words’

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that “no good Hindu” would want a Ram temple at the dispute site of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking at the third edition of The Hindu Lit for Life festival and lecture series, Tharoor said that as a Hindu, he was also very conscious that a majority […]

Coca Cola ‘Summons Death’ by Vending Machine in Maori Misfire

In its 130 year-long history, Coca-Cola has had many a slogan, from 1905’s “Coca-Cola revives and sustains” to 1976’s “Coke adds life” to the most recent “Open Happiness”. So when the company tried to connect with New Zealand’s indigenous Maori community, maybe they should have stuck to one of the classics. Instead, they welcomed Death, […]

MJ Akbar sues Priya Ramani for criminal defamation amid sexual harassment charges, accuses her of ‘harming his goodwill’

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, who is facing a slew of accusations of sexual misconduct during years as a journalist, on Monday filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. It was in response to Ramani’s October 2017 article in the Vogue, which she replugged on Twitter on 8 October, that several women spoke […]

Children Being Stuffed with ‘Digital Diet of Cultural Junk Food’: Experts

Children are being swamping by the visual equivalent of “pizza and sweets” in “a digital Wild Wild West”, some of the world’s top kids television programme makers have warned. With YouTube replacing Disney as the most-loved brand among young children in the US, and streaming giants encouraging binge viewing, a whole generation risk being brought […]

Air India Air Hostess Falls off Plane in Mumbai, Seriously Injured

A 53-year-old flight attendant suffered serious injuries after falling off an Air India aircraft that was getting ready for departure at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Monday, 15 October, a source told PTI . The incident took place on Delhi-bound Air India flight AI 864, according to the airline source. The flight attendant was […]

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