National-Award winning child artiste. Shweta Basu Prasad, who was embroiled in a controversy for her alleged involvement in a prostitution racket, has finally broken her silence.
The Makdee star was arrested in August on charges of alleged prostitution from a Hyderabad hotel. Initial reports had suggested that Prasad had issued a statement admitting to be a part of the racket stating that she was in need for money.
As serious journalists, we go by the following two dictums:
Things are often not what they seem.
Ask, and it may not be given you; knock, and it may not be opened unto you, but seek and ye shall find.
While puzzling over why Sanskrit was being brought back to the Kendriya Vidyalayas in place of German, and why it could go on to replace English as a link language, our intrepid reporters decided not to be disturbed by the phenomenon that has recently come to be characterised as 'extraneous noise' and instead to go back to the basics.
US-based Penn Masala—the " world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group"— covered and compressed eight decades of film music in their 5:09 mt music video earlier in the year, and it is the turn of Shweta Subram, an Indo-Canadian vocalist to cover the period from 1950s to now in a 5:17 mt video: from Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re  To Baby Doll .
What is it about Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire? The last time we heard of it was the Samajwadi Party telling us something about "man se hai mulayam". And now we have Enna Da Rascala, a unit of Stray Factory, styling itself as Your Neighborhood Comedy Group from the South, channeling the same tune, in collaboration with Culture Machine, on YouTube, reminding us about how South of India is not one state.
Things got rather heated over radical Islam and Islamophobia on the HBO show 'Real Time with Bill Maher' on Friday, October 3. when Maher and his guests —author Sam Harris, Gone Girl star Ben Affleck, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Michael Steele— discussed ISIS and radical Islam.
Maher essentially continued from the programme the week before when he had contended that "if we're giving no quarter to intolerance, shouldn't we be starting the mutilators and the honour killers?"
Since Ben Affleck, who objected to Bill Maher's "gross, racist, disgusting," ideas has been in the news even otherwise, we thought we should place on record what he actually said on the programme.