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How India’s highest-selling novelist thwarts his own ambitions

by Abhishek Choudhary Illustration: Mahati Sharma On August 5, soon after Chetan Bhagat announced the release of his sixth novel Half Girlfriend on Twitter and Facebook, his website carrying a “short video teaser” of the book crashed. The announcement was also almost immediately followed by a barrage of jokes on Twitter, many of which mocked the slightly misogynistic title of the novel. Turned out the announcement — as also the full front-page ad in The Times of India the same morning — was a well-thought out strategy by the e-commerce giant Flipkart, which has been insecure ever... 

Sunday Editorial:What a theatre entrepreneur in Bihar can and should do today

  By Ratnakar Tripathy  A scene from Haryanvi Ragini-Sang Despite the title here I am not really in a position to prescribe ways to turn a theatrical career in Bihar into a dazzling success story. Nor do I intend to. An eclectic nomad that I have been all my life I have nevertheless rubbed shoulders with many an artist, actor and director. I have come to know the theatre world from the inside on several occasions and even written a play in Hindi, performed by the NSD Repertory in 1994 – ‘Kalam aur Kunchi [The Pen and the Brush] about an encounter between a painter and a writer.... 

Renovation of George Orwell’s home in Motihari begins

    George Orwell’s birthplace: Motihari Motihari/Patna: according to the latest reports, renovation work on legendary British author George Orwell’s house in a Bihar town where he was born has already begun. “Finally, renovation of Orwell’s birthplace has started,” said East Champaran district magistrate Abhay Kumar Singh, who launched the work. Singh said the district authorities would provide all possible help to develop the crumbling, dilapidated single-storey brick house in the lake town of Motihari, district headquarters of East Champaran. He admitted that renovation work... 

‘Kaam chaalu mooh bandh’: a beautiful move by ‘Ugly Indians’

    ‘Ugly Indians’ at work – I Bangalore: Last Friday morning was like any other on a stretch of Outer Ring Road near Bellandur, where thousands of the city’s tech workers pass by. The spot in focus: right outside the Accenture building, where an old water pipe passes over the drain. Piled-up garbage is a nuisance for pedestrians. At 10 am, around 30 employees from a nearby technology services centre walked up to the spot, clad in white T-shirts and caps, brooms in hand, which they put to good use. They set about building a 30ft long safety wall along the open... 

On the film ‘Bidesiya in Bambai’: Mumbai as the doorstep to Poorvanchal

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Surabhi Sharma Just the day before watching this 80-minute film by Surabhi Sharma, I spent a whole afternoon in the company of two European researchers working on the theme of out migrants in Bihar. I was taken aback when the French researcher among them used the word ‘palayan’ [literally running away] for migration. She said she confronted a migrant in Jahanabad, Bihar with the question – ‘why did you do palayan’ in Hindi. My head swirled at the implied accusation but when she asked me for the right word, I discovered I could only offer a very officious and... 

Now it’s ‘Modi Sarvbhuteshu': politics to replace religion?

    Politics swamped by religion: religion swamped by politics? Varanasi: Even as the controversy surrounding ‘Har Har Modi’ slogan is yet to die down, supporters of BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi have released a new poster in this temple town using a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ eulogising Goddess Durga. The poster to greet the people ahead of Navratri, a festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, carries a picture of Modi showing a victory sign and a “modified” version of a ‘shloka’ of Durga... 

Sharda Sinha chosen brand ambassador for Election Commission in Bihar

      Padma Shri Sharda Sinha Patna: The Election Commission has appointed eminent folk singer and Padma Shri awardee as its brand ambassador to promote poll awareness in Bihar. “Sharda Sinha has consented for this important honorary work. She is popular among the public across the state,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said. Sinha would be used in advertisements on radio and television to spread information among voters. She will also participate in awareness campaigns and competitions organised in various districts of Bihar, Lakshmanan told... 

मेरा भागलपुर: मिर्ज़ा इब्राहिम बेग का मकबरा

सच्चिदानंद सिंह Tomb of Ibrahim Hossain Khan, near Bhagalpur.by Woodcock, Harriet Mary भागलपुर में एक मोहल्ला है खंजरपुर. यह काफी बड़ा इलाका है और नागरिकों ने इसे दो भागों में बाँट रखा है – छोटी खंजरपुर और बड़ी खंजरपुर. बड़ा अजीब लगता है सुनने में. भागलपुरियों में, या बिहारियों... 

Why ancient Indus Civilizations declined: monsoon cycle stopped for 200 years?

  undeciphered Indus script: stories unread Scientists in the past have explained the decline of Bronze-Age civilizations in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia by a long-term drought that began around 2000 BC. Now paleoclimatologists propose that a similar fate was followed by our own Indus Valley Civilization, at about the same time. Based on isotope data from the sediment of an ancient lake, the researchers suggest that the monsoon cycle, which is vital to the livelihood of all of South Asia, essentially stopped there for as long as two centuries. The Indus Valley, in present Pakistan and northwest... 

Rajni’s game changer ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ to release in Bhojpuri among seven languages

    Kochadaiiyaan: the game-changer production Chennai: After months of delay, superstar Rajinikanth‘s Tamil period-drama “Kochadaiiyaan” is slated to release worldwide April 11, and its director Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin views the film as the next step in Indian cinema. “Following last year’s celebrations of India’s filmmaking centenary, we view the release of ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ as part of the next step of Indian cinema. For the first time a full length feature has been made using performance capture technology in India and I truly hope this creates a whole alternate... 
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