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Rasheeda Bhagat is an Editorial Consultant with Business Line and writes on politics, interesting people, gender, conflict, social and human interest/rights issues, travel and lifestyle.

First steps into teen world

I must admit that the first couple of chapters in Revathi Suresh’s book Jobless Clueless Reckless (Duckbill) irritated me — and even put me off. For a few days. Even though the genre is... »

The chef who got his Math right

When Dharmen Makawana, Executive Chef of Chennai’s Leela Palace Hotel, is asked to name the most memorable moment in his three-decade career as a chef, he says softly — with his typical sh... »

Modi magic won’t work in Karnataka

Had Narendra Modi been unleashed on Karnataka’s voters a little earlier, he might have helped prevent at least a shameful defeat that seems to stare the Bharatiya Janata Party in the face in the coming Assembly polls. »

The day the music died

The full-throated and regal voice of Shamshad Begum and her magic melodies will be remembered forever. »

Lavish welcome carved in sandstone

A la royal style, at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. »

No country for women

While violence against women continues unabated in India, our crime investigation and justice systems offer no comfort. »

‘Problem-solving is a skill’

Kal Raman is the COO of Groupon, which has an annual billing of $5.5 million. This self-made man who hails from a village in Tirunelveli is an electrical engineer from Guindy Engineering College,... »

Nitish dares Modi, what next?

By projecting Narendra Modi as future Prime Minister, the BJP is banking on his polarising appeal – that he will get the party enough seats to manage without Nitish Kumar. »

Of frozen farmland and delicious salmon

One of the unique charms of Helsinki is that the sea — waters of the Baltic — is never far away from you. Small wonder then that this iconic city is also known as the Pearl of Baltic. So a predomi... »

Snowing Helsinki is paradise

Helsinki is like no other European city I have visited, though it reminds me a bit of Stockholm, and some of its beautiful stone buildings bring back memories of Madrid. The prolonged wi... »
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