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Wearing Mad Men

After winning accolades for bringing 1960s fashion alive onscreen, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant will helm a fashion design competition in the form of a TV reality show called Janie Bryant’…

United Colours of Baggy Green

Ashton Agar’s sensational debut in the first Ashes Test was a proud moment for Australian cricket. Not only did the struggling team find a new hope for the future, they found one who epitomised…

Achtung! It’s the NaMo Brigade!

BANGALORE: ‘I want my nation to be Modified as a secure, prosperous and dignified nation. Do you?’ asks a car rear-window sticker in Mangalore. The brooding visage of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra…

The RBI’s Overnight Surgical Strike

Is India set for a big issue of forex bonds? With dollars leaving Indian shores, the rupee in a slump, foreign loan repayments looming (mostly private sector ECBs) and forex reserves under threat, it…

So Much for the Ban

Eight years ago, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil, in an extremely public stunt accompanied by much noise, banned dance bars in the state. The Congress-NCP led state government also amended the…

The IB Test

Stupidity is contagious, but only rarely is the contagion dangerous. Today, we are faced with this rarity. Prominent journalists and self-styled public intellectuals have come to believe that we need…

The Mask of Publicity

The Mahabharata has a significant episode set towards the end of the Pandavas’ exile in the forest. One by one, all four brothers of Yudhishthira die by a lake. Too thirsty, they drink its water…

The Other Side of Brazil

More used to euphoric street celebrations following football excellence, the Brazil of recent protests during this year’s Confederation Cup shows its government and the world that, far from being a…

Rapid Action Grinder

‘Hi,’ the blue chat icon comes alive. ‘Hello’ ‘Where’ ‘My Bar’ ‘Ok for sex?’ Thus goes the exchange on Grindr, a location-based internet app. The two men are 1.4 km apart as the app’s window on a…