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A Calmer You: how about turning NOYB-sexual?

Not hetero, not homo, let’s all become none-of-your-business sexual

A Calmer You: an idiot on vacation, are you?

Sonal Kalra has vowed to travel only to places where there are no tourist spots, nothing to photograph and no general unrest about bowel moments. Read latest from her column.

Last Orders: Tour de toilet

It’s not every day that journalists’ jobs require them to visit toilets at pubs and restaurants around the city. Recently (on November 19...

Manifestos: Of repeat promises and peddling the undeliverable

Taking a break from the shrill campaign and political name-calling, two of the three key political parties in Delhi - the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party - released their poll manifestos last week.

Last orders: (Table) sharing is caring

In the mid-1800s, when the British set up Indian Railways, they made some communities rather unhappy. These people were appalled by the absence of separate bogies for their caste. Imagine the possibility of sharing tables then?

The right to measure that methane

From the ‘chintan-manthan’ on Mangalyaan emerged this gem that our rocket cost less than an apartment in uptown Manhattan. Well done, India, sending out an inter-planetary spacecraft with more dash than cash. Mangalyaan, whose further success we most earnestly want, is an exciting outcome delivered despite the usual challenges.

Do your homework for a safe journey

The next time you buy a ticket to travel long distance by  bus or take a package tour that involves journey by an air-conditioned luxury bus, get answers to these questions.

CCP's Third Party Plenum important for economic reforms

Two hundred and five members of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, who were elected at the 18th Congress of the CCP in November 2012, convened in Beijing for the 18th CC's three-day Third Plenary session beginning November 9. Jayadeva Ranade writes.

A Calmer You: when no one wants to be friends with you

Be popular and strong, but don’t forget that the tables always turn someday.

Shopped for candles this Diwali? Take precautions

Earthen diyas earlier symbolised Diwali. But nowadays, decorative candles of a variety of hues and shapes have replaced the traditional lamp. Their increasing popularity should, however, not blind us to the fire hazard posed by them.

Who bears the cost of airline emissions?

The tenement blocks collapsed like sandcastles. Landmarks were swallowed up like Lego bricks. But most devastating of all was the massive loss of life — families torn apart by a disaster of frightening proportions. Mary Robinson writes.

Eatery taxes can fund the food security bill

Food always becomes an important issue before each general election. This time around food has VVIP status, thanks to the passage of the food security Bill (FSB). Nishtha Gautam writes.

Left’s anti-communal convention: An exercise in irrelevance

The ‘People’s Unity Against Communalism’ convention held recently in New Delhi appears to have been an exercise in irrelevance. It was not a launching pad for a new political and electoral alliance as admitted by the convention’s organisers. Ajoy Bose writes.

Hounding bureaucrats will lead to policy paralysis

Even decisions arrived at after due deliberation, taking all factors into account, observing extant rules, and in good faith, which may seem excellent at that point of time, can turn out be unwise at a later date. RC Acharya writes.

The hypocrisy of misplaced activism

Bans are the bane of any free society; hypocrisy, the biggest deterrent to social reform. We have a large share of bans, and a fairly large share of hypocrisy too. When it comes to cruelty against animals, the list of bans is ever lengthening. Arefa Tehsin and Raza H Tehsin write.
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