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Luck by chance?: Despite many violent scenes, Bombay Velvet was rated U/A — deemed fit for unrestricted viewing, with parental guidance advised for children below 12
FILM FATALE

Consistently inconsistent

The Censor Board’s ratings for mainstream Bollywood films reveal a gender bias and star obsession, over and above the extreme conservatism of which it is often accused
By the time you read this, chances are that the heated discussions about Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet would have died down, to be replace... »
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Purushottam Kaushik, Cisco MD

Building a ‘smart’ world

Purushottam Kaushik, Cisco’s managing director, on what to expect in a smart city
The Narendra Modi government has ambitious plans to create 100 smart cities across the country. But the government white paper on the subject does... »
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Body matters Lantry's Soulmate Intimates is made with natural tulsi, neem and aloe vera plant dyes

Made in India

An Australian designer is raising awareness about eco-friendly artisanal heritage crafts through her ‘Ayurvedic’ lingerie label
Growing up on a farm in Hunter Valley amidst corn and watermelons in New South Wales, Julie Lantry would watch her mother, grandmother and aunt se... »
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Last frontier: A group of intrepid Hindu pundits were trained by a British colonel to
penetrate the mystical ranges surrounding Lhasa, seen here in a painting by Nicholas Roerich. Photo: WikiArt
THE COMPASS CHRONICLES

A game of whispers

Political espionage in India before and during the British Raj intersected with the sciences of astronomy, chemistry and physics
In the heyday of its expansion across the Indian subcontinent, the East India Company soon discovered that classical intelligence networks in Asia... »
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street, eat, repeat

Raw passion

Childhood lost some its charm with the demise of the ‘unhygienic’ vendor outside the school gate, armed with a bouquet of berries and raw mangoes
Nothing provides a greater zing than a dash of chilli and salt. Except perhaps a sprinkling of adventure. This is a lesson that every schoolchild... »
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READER’S DIE JEST

I hate you, forever

Dhurv and Aranya believe that slanging matches are the sure way to romance
A: Dhruv, I have vitiligo. D: Yeah, even my head spins sometimes, Aranya. A: Vitiligo, you moron, not ver... »
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