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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......

Secularists, Muslims need to accept Yogi

Will he take Modi's 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' route? Or will he turn UP into Egypt under Morsi, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. When Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on......

A tale of two Akbars, and of Muslim women

Have Muslim women taken to the BJP even as their menfolk cling to 'secular' politics, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: The Bharatiya Janata Party's Muslim supporters celebrate the BJP's victory in......

Why using cash can be risky these days

Syed Firdaus Ashraf reveals dual encounters when he regretted dealing in cash. Digital India, Virtual Reality In the last three months I have fallen in love with cashless transactions. The......

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Syed Firdaus Ashraf arrived at the bank on Thursday morning to withdraw cash, a day after high denomination notes were withdrawn, and encounters a veritable battlefield inside.......

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......

Sex on your mind? Anushka has a plan

Syed Firdaus Ashraf checks out the teasers for Jab Harry Met Sejal. If you have sex on your mind, what would you do? Just do it? As the signature line for a certain shoe brand tells us in a......

Trailer Review: Why is Daddy looking so lost?

The beefcake looks lost, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, his expressions for a gangster just don't hold up. Satya and Company set up such high standards for gangland dramas in Bollywood that it was......

The Tubelight teaser is quite good. If only...

...It was original, feels Syed Firdaus Ashraf. After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, one expected Kabir Khan to give us another original story in his next film, Tubelight. Alas, no! The Tubelight teaser......
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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,... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/mubarakan-trailer-review-anil-kapoor-rocks/20170621.htm
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... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/trailer-review-baadshaho-looks-interesting/20170620.htm
Sex on your mind? Anushka has a plan

Syed Firdaus Ashraf checks out the teasers for Jab Harry Met Sejal. If you have sex on your mind, what would you do? Just do it? As the signature... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/sex-on-your-mind-anushka-has-a-plan/20170619.htm
'Farmers are disillusioned with Modi'

'If the BJP thinks they can suppress the farmers' movement by opening fire, they are wrong.' 'It will create a boomerang effect which will be very... ...

http://www.rediff.com/money/interview/farmers-are-disillusioned-with-modi/20170608.htm
'Gosht' is cow meat, Quran prohibits eating it

'In Mecca and Medina, cow slaughter and eating of cow meat are not allowed.''I don't understand why some people want to portray Islam in a bad... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/rss-leader-gosht-is-cow-meat-quran-prohibits-eating-it/20170607.htm

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