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My sobering encounters with Modi's Digital India

In these times of Rs 2,000 notes and digital payment apps, Syed Firdaus Ashraf tries to book tickets for Dear Zindagi. A week ago, I decided not to spend money in the wake of demonetisation. Some......

Is Maharashtra's new internal security law draconian?

Want to live in Maharashtra, follow these eight rules or get jailed. Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com on the proposed Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act. Opposition parties are calling......

Music, malls, shopping: I-Day vignettes

Blaring music. Manic shoppers. A foreign brand launch.Syed Firdaus Ashraf on a special day in the nation's history.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com "So how did you spend Independence Day?" a......

Why I won't boycott Chinese products

When Syed Firdaus Ashraf received messages last weekend, asking him to boycott Chinese goods, he laughed.   I was shopping on Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai on the weekend, checking out......

Raghuram Rajan's Kafkaesque trial in Modi's India

Raghuram Rajan's exit reminds Syed Firdaus Ashraf of Kafka's The Trial. Amidst the brouhaha over Udta Punjab, producer Anurag Kashyap's tweet left me intrigued: 'I always wondered what it felt......

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Syed Firdaus Ashraf arrived at the bank on Thursday morning to withdraw cash, a day after high denomination notes were withdrawn, and encounters a veritable battlefield inside.......

The cashless chaiwallah who swears by Modi

'The mindset of people needs to change.''We still believe in accepting cash when we can do business with digital money as well.'Kiran Mahida, a chaiwallah, tells Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf......

Why the Raees trailer offends me

It reinforces the Muslim stereotype, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I wonder if you've heard of Wali Mohammed Wali? Before you Google his name, let me tell you something personal about 9/11 (For those......

Rs 2,200 to watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!

Syed Firdaus Ashraf is startled by the prices for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and and Shivaay tickets. Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is creating mushkil for cinegoers. Ticket prices for the film are as......

Trailer Watch: Playing the blind game in Kaabil

Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are blind and beautiful in Kaabil.Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reviews the trailer. As a child, when we watched a blind Moushmi Chatterjee sing Woh Kya Hai Ek......

Trailer Watch: Kahaani 2 looks intriguing!

The trailer is so gripping that you know something interesting is bound to happen, feels Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Where did Vidya Balan's character disappear in Kahaani? How did she manipulate the......

Why we must support Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Neither the filmmaker nor the actor who is being targeted, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf, has done anything illegal. IMAGE: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Mumbai has......
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Why the Raees trailer offends me

It reinforces the Muslim stereotype, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I wonder if you've heard of Wali Mohammed Wali? Before you Google his name, let me... ...

http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/why-the-raees-trailer-offends-me/20161208.htm
The cashless chaiwallah who swears by Modi

'The mindset of people needs to change.''We still believe in accepting cash when we can do business with digital money as well.'Kiran Mahida, a... ...

http://www.rediff.com/money/special/the-cashless-chaiwallah-who-swears-by-modi/20161208.htm
The lady who made the 'beggar' video that impressed Modi

‘I shot the video in January 2014 and I had no idea then that demonetisation will happen.’ ‘Narendra Modi mentioning my video... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/the-lady-who-made-the-beggar-video-that-impressed-modi/20161205.htm
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... ...

http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2016/dec/02/the-foot-soldiers-of-modis-cashless-india/9c1f2610fbd26c2dd62e3150b15f486a
His crusade made the national anthem a must at movie halls

'When the national anthem is played it has to be played for 52 seconds.''It is mandatory. It is in the law.''One or two seconds here and there is... ...

http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/his-crusade-made-the-national-anthem-a-must-at-movie-halls/20161201.htm

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