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Tharoor tweets new word, takes dig at Modi's beard

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, known for his penchant for rarely used English words, sent the Twitterati running for their dictionaries on Friday with another head scratcher -- pogonotrophy.......

Floccinaucinihilipilification: Tharoor's latest tongue-twister

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, known for his penchant for rarely used, difficult-to-pronounce English words, on Friday threw in another head scratcher -- floccinaucinihilipilification. The noun,......

'Aatmanirbharta' named Oxford Hindi word of 2020

'Aatmanirbharta' implying self-reliance has been named by Oxford Languages as its Hindi word of the year 2020 as it "validated the day-to-day achievements of the countless Indians who dealt with......

The Incomparable Ved Mehta

On a visit to India in 2013, writer Ved Mehta -- who passed into the ages on Sunday January 10, 2021 -- gave Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel a rare glimpse into his state of mind and what he......

Farewell, Mumbai Mirror

Abhishek Mande Bhot recalls his stint at Mumbai Mirror, the iconic Mumbai daily newpaper, which its owners, the Times of India group, decided on Saturday to convert to a weekly newspaper.  ......

Mr Modi, it's time you reformed the IAS!

Contrary to the popular belief that the IAS cadres manage the country - they are actually required to manage politicians, most of whom do not pass any sort of muster, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.......

Why West Bengal is lagging behind other states

For the Bengal government, there is no alternative to revising user charges and also creating a strong industrial base, rues Ashok Lahiri In March 2014, before the Lok Sabha elections, Professors......

Microsoft gives employees sneak peek at new 'selfie' phone

Microsoft Corporation's hardware chief gave employees a sneak peek at a 'selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the company said......

Five best ways to deal with pink slips

No one seems to know where the term ‘pink slip’ originated. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that the words were first used as a verb in a novel written in 1966 -- “his wife......

Who benefits from reforms?

There are two quick ways to advertise your modernity in India today. The first is to carry an iPad when you go for meetings, even if all you do with it is read email; and the second is to declare......

We Indians love binge-watching!

Indians may have come late to the binge-watching party a little later than the West, but we're making up for lost time, says Shuma Raha. New reports suggest that we are the fastest in the world......

Was Bombay Jayashri's Life of Pi song inspired?

There are remarkable similarities between Bombay Jayashri's Oscar-nominated song in Life of Pi and Irayimman Thampi's age-old composition. We make a case for the 200-year-old melody.Almost every......

Sarhad Paar: Terrible!

It has been little over one and a half hours since the wait began. A look at the watch raised hopes. Another 20-odd minutes and my tryst with obnoxious filmmaking would come to an end.Why do people......

Kohli breaks Tendulkar's record; fastest to 10000 runs in ODIs!

Sachin Tendulkar needed 259 innings to get to 10,000, while Kohli has so far batted in 205 ODIs. Besides Tendulkar and Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid are the other......

2 huge positives for India after South Africa series

SA Tour Positives: 60 wickets in Tests, Plan A ready for World Cup IMAGE: Virat Kohli neither changed his aggressive brand of captaincy nor his propensity to tinker with the playing XI in every......

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