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Why I may stop reading the newspapers

'...I have not read newspapers for quite some time,' a psychologist tells Syed Firdaus Ashraf, 'and I am perfectly normal.'Illustration: Dominic Xavier/ On Saturday, March 3, when most......

Who was the better MP? Sachin or Rekha

Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha's tenures in the Rajya Sabha end this month.Syed Firdaus Ashraf looks at their six-year term in the Upper House, and we must say, it ain't a pretty picture! Sachin......

10 times BJP leaders turned offensive

Syed Firdaus Ashraf lists 10 instances when the BJP didn't pull its punches. The storm over Mani Shankar Aiyar's remark calling Narendra D Modi 'neech kism ka aadmi' (a vile man), has not blown......

Rahul is a Hindu, so is Zakir Naik, and Amit Shah

Syed Firdaus Ashraf on the futility of the 'Who is a Hindu?' debate. Some people are young and immature, and grow up later in life. Some people refuse to grow up -- and I fall in this category I......

Why Communism will never die

On November 7, which marks 100 years of the Russian Revolution, Syed Firdaus Ashraf recalls a conversation he once had on Communism. November 7, 2017 marks the centenary of the Bolshevik......

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Syed Firdaus Ashraf arrived at the bank on Thursday morning to withdraw cash, a day after high denomination notes were withdrawn, and encounters a veritable battlefield inside.......

What Sridevi meant to 13-year-old me

Syed Firdaus Ashraf explains why the Bollywood legend will remain an eternal part of his life. IMAGE: Sridevi in Himmatwala. 1985. I was 13 years old. When I stepped out to play cricket one......

Padmavati trailer: It's outstanding but...

... Why care for the truth when the legend so interesting, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Did Rani Padmavati ever actually encounter Alauddin Khilji?  Just like the quote 'Let them eat cake (if......

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/ "Why don't you interview Anil Kapoor?" the editor asked one afternoon. I was......
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Hey! Heard anything about the farmers?

'I can barely see anything in the news about the farmer protests, and all I've seen of Nirav Modi is that he can't come home because he's busy, and... ...
'Till farmers are not free from debt, this struggle will go on'

'This has always been a trend by the ruling party, that they give assurances but never fulfill it.''The BJP is known for it as it is their... ...
Protesting farmers turn Mumbai's Azad Maidan red

Azad Maidan in south Mumbai turned into a sea of red on Monday, March 12, as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged there after... ...
'This morcha is like life and death for me'

"I broke my slippers, I stitched it, but again it broke. After that, I started walking barefoot. This morcha is like life and death for me. I did... ...
No breakfast, only dal-rice on the way. How 30,000 farmers reached Mumbai

'All the farmers and tribals were told to bring their own wood and ration to cook food during the march.' 'We drank river water and relieved... ...

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