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Ram Rahim and that migrant in Mumbai

An unemployed migrant becomes a much sought after Baba right before Syed Firdaus Ashraf's eyes. When I was a child, a man often dropped in at my parents' home. This guest had a unique sense of......

In India, it's still all about 'Who's your dad'

It may be 2017, but the thumb rule 'uska baap kaun hai, maloom hai kya?' still dominates India, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com As a teenager I wanted to learn......

Conscience is dead. Thank you Nitish Kumar for letting us know

From July 27, 2017, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, my daughter will have to learn that there are only two most important things in life: Power and money.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Many years......

How my mother-in-law saw 'Modi magic'

'She could not believe how much India had changed since the last time she experienced it first hand,' says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com After the results of the Uttar......

Anti-Romeo squads... and those Italian marines...

Why 'anti-Romeo'? Why not 'anti-loafer' squad? Or 'anti-Majnu' squad?' wonders Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Ever since Yogi Adityanath was elected Uttar Pradesh chief minister, sections of the media have......

'Sandwich' and the quest for a Rs 500 note

Syed Firdaus Ashraf recounts his mission to withdraw Rs 500 notes from the bank.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Mission: To withdraw Rs 500 notes. Accessories: Water bottle and chocolate......

The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India

As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is happening on the ground. IMAGE: Lakhbir Singh Dogra,......

Waiting at the bank at 3 am!

Indians waiting patiently in serpentine queues outside Mumbai banks tell Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf they back Modi's move and are ready to suffer for the larger good of the country. The War......

Marie Antoinette and Paytm in Modi's India

Day 2: Syed Firdaus Ashraf attempts to deposit Rs 500, 1,000 notes in his bank account. The War on Big Notes Day 1: 'Modi will suffer for this in the next elections' Day 2 Mission: To deposit......

'Modi will suffer for this in the next elections'

Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf arrived at the bank on Thursday morning to withdraw cash, a day after high denomination notes were withdrawn, and encounters a veritable battlefield inside.......

Judwaa 2 trailer: Can Varun outdo Salman?

Varun Dhawan excels in the Judwaa 2 trailer, raves Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Old is gold may not find favour with millennials, but director David Dhawan doesn't think so. Why else would he, 20 years......

Bhoomi: The trailer says it all!

Syed Firdaus Ashraf feels director Omung Kumar shares too much in the trailer of his upcoming film, Bhoomi. Sometimes, when you watch a Hindi film interval onwards, you can correctly guess the......

A lungi, Anil Kapoor and the story of the Internet

Interviewing Anil Kapoor, Syed Firdaus Ashraf discovered early, is a real pleasure.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com "Why don't you interview Anil Kapoor?" the editor asked one afternoon. I was......

Mubarakan trailer review: Anil Kapoor rocks

One Anil Kapoor, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, seems more entertaining than two Arjun Kapoors! In 1994, a well-known movie critic reviewed Jai-Kishen, which featured Akshay Kumar in a double role.......

Trailer Review: Baadshaho looks interesting

The Baadshaho trailer has packed in all the masala one expects from an Ajay Devgn film, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. What has kept Ajay Devgn going strong at the box office despite stiff competition......
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Haseena Parkar suffers from Lima Syndrome

'Shraddha tries hard to rescue the film, but the script totters so badly in the second half that any salvage seems impossible,' says Syed Firdaus... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/review-haseena-parkar-suffers-from-lima-syndrome/20170922.htm
Golmaal Returns trailer is hilarious

One gets the feeling that Golmaal Returns will be a blockbuster unless Rohit Shetty, the writer, comes out with a weak story, feels Syed Firdaus... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/golmaal-returns-trailer-is-hilarious/20170922.htm
'Her fearlessness was inspirational'

Umar Khalid remembers Gauri Lankesh, the brave journalist who was killed in cold blood on Tuesday night. Umar Khalid, the controversial Jawaharlal... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/special/her-fearlessness-was-inspirational/20170905.htm
'The Modi government is in panic mode'

'Modi and his team have read the message from the ground.''People have started questioning what they have achieved by putting Modi in power.'... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/the-modi-government-is-in-panic-mode/20170905.htm
Mumbai rain fury kills 10, city limps back to normalcy

Torrential rains and the subsequent flooding claimed at least 10 lives in Mumbai and the neighbouring districts of Palghar and Thane since Tuesday,... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/pix-mumbai-gets-back-on-its-feet/20170830.htm

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