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Sheila loved western music, watched DDLJ 20 times!

Apart from these, reading was also a big passion. Sheila Dikshit was quite fond of Western music since her youth and would sit near the radio waiting for her favourite songs to be aired. She also......

What the fiddich! Why are books so fat?

Just as scotch bottles have become bigger, novels have also become fatter. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com. A few days ago, a friend said he doesn’t read fiction. This reminded me of......

Our intellectuals are in a state of denial

After 800 odd years of Islamic and British rule, the Indian elite and intellectuals are copybook examples of the Fanon phenomenon: Living, breathing purveyors of a sordid ideology, says Jay......

Jeffrey Archer wants to be transport minister

Like many of my contemporaries, I discovered Jeffrey Archer way before I was meant to. In my uncle's forgotten bookshelf dating back to his uncle's bachelor days, I had chanced upon this row of......

Naeem Murr wins C'wealth Prize

The Perfect Man, a novel by Naeem Murr about an abandoned Anglo-Indian child, has won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award for Europe and South Asia Region. Hisham Matar's In the......

Of foreign hands across the waters

Where big business is concerned, the time for jingoism is long past, writes Kanika DattaKen Gorin and Praveen Khandelwal have probably never heard of each other.They are unlikely to meet.Yet they......

Bharti Airtel: Bond with 'Special 5'

Reasserting its emotional connect with consumers -- something that is at the core of its brand philosophy --, Bharti Airtel last week rolled out a new plan called Special 5 for all its 100 million......

Meet the voice behind India's first animated Sanskrit film

'I love movies but not a big fan of cartoons. I get irritated when my brother watches them.' Sneha Ravishankar gets ready for her first dubbing job. Sneha Ravishankar will dub for her father's......

Review: Poovarasam Peepee has right balance of fun, suspense and emotions

Director Halitha Shameem deserves credit for weaving an excellent suspense thriller like Poovarasam Peepee, writes S Saraswathi. Halitha Shameem, who has previously worked with notable......

Review: Vampire Academy is a sloppy mashup of pop references

Vampire Academy falls flat on its face, says Paloma Sharma.If one had to summarise Vampire Academy in one word, it would be, without a doubt, awkward. However, if one were allowed to use more than......

Review: Don 2 has no edge-of-the-seat moments

For an action film with the central plot setting us up for a robbery inside a major bank, Don 2's pacing is very slow, writes Aseem Chhabra.In his new film Don 2 director Farhan Akhtar takes his......

Take the Narnia Quiz

The wait is finally over. Three years after the first C S Lewis' adaptation of the children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe enthralled......

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