POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 15:00 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 15:00 IST

Christopher Alan Bayly, an eminent historian who refused to recognise traditional boundaries to his discipline and once described as the "guru" of global historians died of a heart attack in Chicago. He was 69 years old.

Professor Bayly began his career as a historian of India while a graduate student at Oxford under Professor Jack Gallagher. In his DPhil, later published as The Local Roots of Indian Politics: Allahabad, 1880-1920 (1975), he described two emerging schools of nationalism which would come to dominate Indian politics – the Hindu nationalism of Madan Mohan Malaviya and Nehru’s western-style nationalism.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 15:00 IST, Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 15:00 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 00:26 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 00:26 IST

Turns out German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner is quite the Bolly buff.

In a tribute to the Hindi Film Industry the ambassador has made his acting debut in a remake of a music video from the Shah Rukh Khan-Preity Zinta-Saif Ali Khan starrer Kal Ho Na Ho

Steiner loved the title song of the Karan Johar-directed movie which was penned by Javed Akhtar and sung by Sonu Nigam and which talks about seizing the day.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 00:26 IST, Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 00:26 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 21:04 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 21:04 IST

Britain's Conservative Party, in a pretty much desperate attempt to woo the ever increasing India-origin voters in the run up to the May 7 general elections has come up with a piece offering. A song in Hindi. 

Commissioned by a group that calls itself the 'Conservative friends of India', the song called 'Neela Hai Aasma' features Cameron doing all sorts of "India" things, which needless to say wreak a little of cultural appropriation, against a very blue London sky, so unnaturally blue that the top part of Big Ben appears blue as well.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 21:04 IST, Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 21:04 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 19:59 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 19:59 IST

So it turns out that Sania Mirza is not very good at "Physics, err...Chemistry".

Wonder how much she scored in school? We don't exactly know, but perhaps this little episode might give you some idea. 

Here's what happened. Mirza was a part of KBC Telugu which is hosted by Akkineni Nagarjuna.

 

During the show, Nagarjuna asked her a simple question of chemistry: "Sodium Chloride is the chemical name of which of these substances?" If that wasn't easy enough already, turned out her 'test' had MCQs. So she was given options to pick her answer from: Sugar, Salt, Water or Camphor. 

Her answer: Water!

One can perhaps understand how someone might not know that NaCl is salt. But how one who has been to school can imagine water being anything but H2O is pretty baffling. 

She had to use one of her lifelines on the show — take audience help — to arrive at the right answer. 

Facepalm, Sania! 

At least, Alia Bhatt, who thought Prithviraj Chouhan was the Prime Minister of India didn't have four options to choose from.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 19:59 IST, Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 19:59 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 17:08 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 17:08 IST

Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh broke down on national television while talking to the daughter of the farmer who committed suicide during the AAP rally at Jantar Mantar.

Weeping copiously and between sobs, Ashutosh managed to tell the astonished girl "main tumhara gunehgaar hoon."

 

As visuals of Ashutosh's incessant crying flashed across TV screens, Twitterati went berserk demanding Oscars and filmfares for the leader and #AshuCries started trending.

While Twitter bashes him up for his candid display of emotions, Ashu, can we offer you a tissue?

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 24, 2015 AT 17:08 IST, Edited At: Apr 24, 2015 17:08 IST
     
 
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