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The A to Z of 2016

It was the year 'anti-national' became the 'it' gaali, and our humble haldi-doodh became the toast of the West's wellness brigade as 'Tumeric Latte.' It was the year 'cash' became unholy and 'fake......

Which planet do you live on?

'We had been talking for two hours about India and America and we stopped and looked at each other. "The issues are the same," said my hyper-successful and patriotic NRI friend, his hidden Indian......

Where have the real friends gone?

Sam,' Shanmuganathan to his parents and to almost no one else in the US, is an old friend and when we met recently was looking worried. I initially put it down to Sam's profession -- investment......

When Rajiv was attacked in Sri Lanka

Have you read the Introduction to the series? Have you read The prime minister and the fly? Read on for former Doordarshan Director General Bhaskar Ghose's startling accounts of his encounters with......

'What do they do on weekends?'

Ever since we moved into our own home, my wife has been indulging her green thumb. One day, she was showing our 10-year-old son one of her new acquisitions, a plant that bloomed at around 9 am and......

Alarm clock beats iPhone in most enduring gadgets list

The humble alarm clock has beaten the iPhone and flat-screen TV to top the list of most enduring gadgets we can't do without, a new research found.With its brightly glowing numbers and basic......

Asia's economic lessons for the US

This year's mortgage meltdown suggests the U.S. standard of living is a house of cards. Mortgaging the nation's future is no substitute for a productive globally competitive society that borrows to......

Microcredit: A billion bootstraps

Microenterprises are small-scale versions of the same types of businesses found in developed countries. Twenty hens and a coop constructed from scrap material become a poultry enterprise. A produce......

This is the future of computing!

Jefferson Han, a pale, bespectacled engineer dressed in Manhattan black, faced the thousand or so attendees on the first day of TED 2006, the annual technology, entertainment, and design conference......

On moving to India lock, stock and barrel

A N Shanbhag, the highly respected investment guru, and his son Sandeep Shanbhag, answer your questions on NRI investment. A new Rediff India Abroad feature: My wife (64) and I (67) are US citizens......

'My mother is always in my heart in a way I don't realise'

'My mother is a lady with a lot of emotional stability and strength. And wisdom.''When I was younger, she would tell me that if I ever refused water to anyone, I would have to drink gutter......

Coolie No 1 review

Coolie No 1 is a cheap comedy for silly people, asserts Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I make my daughter watch Hindi film classics right from Mughal-E-Azam to Amar Akbar Anthony to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le......

'I don't know anything about films'

'There are times when I have to convince myself to go on the sets to shoot.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Diljit Dosanjh/Instagram After Arjun Patiala, Diljit Dosanjh will be seen in yet another......

'We are creating music in haste'

'Today, music directors do not work on a song that turns out to be the biggest hit of the year.''Their main focus is on creating a song which becomes an instant hit.''Whether the audience remembers......

Bollywood's FAVOURITE GHOST picks her scariest bhoots

'I used to laugh watching old Hindi horror films -- till I got to act in one!''I realised it is so difficult to act like someone who is possessed, someone who can suddenly throw people about.''Even......

Former Pakistan hockey captain makes shocking claims

Pak hockey team were involved in smuggling in 1983, claims ex-captain Hanif Khan Former Pakistan hockey captain Hanif Khan has accused some of his teammates of indulging in smuggling valuable goods......

Rolling Stones call for cricket

Cricket has found some rocking support from the Rolling Stones.The bad boys of music, apparently, are sworn fans of the gentlemen's game and demanded for cricket in their dressing room during their......

For flag and country

The biggest event in cricket has just got over in South Africa. Every cricket-loving person in the world would have watched the proceedings seriously for the past two months. We all saw a lot of......
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