POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 19, 2015 AT 21:16 IST ,  Edited At: May 19, 2015 21:16 IST

Narendra Modi has a thing for selfies, everyone knows that by now. But there is something else he is fond of, it’s almost a hobby. Modi loves coming up with the most bizarre acronyms and alliterations. Whether he is on a diplomatic mission to some foreign land or launching a scheme or addressing a rally, acronyms just pour out of him like verse from a poetic soul.

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 19, 2015 AT 21:16 IST, Edited At: May 19, 2015 21:16 IST
POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 07, 2015 AT 20:19 IST ,  Edited At: May 07, 2015 20:19 IST

Rabindranath Tagore would have turned 154 today. 

Much has been said and written about the poet. The Nobel Laureate himself wrote and published three autobiographical works — Jibansmriti (My Reminiscences), Chhelebela (My Boyhood Days) and Atmaparichay (Knowing Oneself). There is also a collection of letters that he wrote to his brother's daughter Indira between September 1887 and December 1895, which were put together in Indira's own hardbound exercise books in which she copied them out. A selection of these letters were revised and edited by Tagore himself before he published them as Chinnapatra in 1912. 

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Apr 09, 2015 AT 20:35 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 09, 2015 20:35 IST

Ten months into his term as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has graced the Indian media with his first-ever interview after taking over the country's premiership. Amidst increasing voices of disapproval over its proposed changes to the Land Acquisition Bill — which has been branded anti-poor — and concerns over his government’s lack of performance by industrialists, Modi has taken stock of his achievements of the last 10 months in this exclusive interview to Hindustan Times. 

Although the interview is in Q&A format, the questions are more like sub-heads. They are there, but they don't ask much. Both the questions and the answers seem to move towards a pre-determined goal — to highlight the PM's achievements. 

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 10, 2013 AT 16:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 10, 2013 16:40 IST

Shortly after the Wimbledon women's final match on Saturday, BBC presenter John Inverdale demonstrated how the world of sports isn't free from sexism. As Marion Bartoli of France defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki to become the Wimbledon Champion on what she termed as the greatest day of her life, Inverdale suggested on Radio 5 Live that the French player was "never going to be a looker".

Upon clinching the title, Bartoli made a dash to the players' box where she hugged her father, with whom she shares a very intimate relationship, him being her first coach who gave up his medical profession to start training her as a tennis player when she was only 6. This is when Inverdale decided to enlighten his listeners with a little insight on Bartoli's childhood as imagined by him: "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little: 'You're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight'?

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Mar 07, 2013 AT 22:26 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 07, 2013 22:26 IST

"When are you getting married?"

In this country of ours, anyone who is between 21 and 30 has heard this question being repeated over and over again, with minor syntax changes of course, by all and sundry. After that, they sort of give up and the question becomes a why.

One might wonder why everyone seems so interested in this very mundane detail about every young person’s life or why is it so necessary for everybody to want to do the same thing, almost at the same time, but let’s not get into that. So it should not be any surprise to anyone to find that even Rahul Gandhi is not quite safe from the nudging mausijis and maami jis. Since he generally hangs out with a bunch of 70-year olds and considering the amount of affection his party wallahs have for the little Rahul Baba, one can imagine his ordeal. 

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Mar 07, 2013 AT 22:26 IST, Edited At: Mar 07, 2013 22:26 IST
     
 
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