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Why Sex Has Become The Only Strong Attraction

Santosh Desai, who writes the column City City Bang Bang for the Times of India, is one of the very few of what I would call the Thinking Man’s Journalist. When most other news articles across various media are filled with details and opinions, his are the rare exceptions, filled with an honest and unbiased analysis of the issue at hand. In  TOI, he wrote about the whole furore over Dr Harsh Vardhan’s comment on

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Depression – A Matter of Serious Concern

The usual ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may be down with depression. Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. An individual suffering from depression can feel morose, sad, anxious, hopeless, helpless, worthless, restless and at

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My dream is to fly

Baabush loved to fly kites. He could run along the railway tracks all day, waiting for the gush of air to pick pace as the trains screeched past him. When the winds made their way through the cramped lines, his kite soared, lifting his spirits along. He jumped with joy when his kite went high, as high as the planes that flew in the sky. “Didi, main badaa hoke hawaai jahaaz udaana chahta hun”. I

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Sex Education in Schools: A Parent’s Perspective

“The soul is healed by being with children.,” said Fyodor Dostoyevsky the Russian writer in the 1800’s. Even after many centuries, it still holds true. Anyone who is a parent or has been associated with children will vouch for the pleasure we derive when we spend some time with a child. Their innocence I believe is what gives us this pleasure. As children grow older, they tend to know more, want more and hence be dissatisfied more

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Child Labour – Unlocking India’s Hidden Shame

The government might soon allow child labour, but only for ‘family enterprises’. This is the result of the latest amendment to the Child Labour Prohibition Act, which has fought to give millions of children a future that doesn’t exploit them. It is a matter of concern. Children are the gifts of God who fill the world with happiness, joy, and hope. They are the future citizens of a country, therefore, an individual’s childhood determines his

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Unbridled sex ..but only for the handicapped – mind it – Film Review: MWAS!

Sad film indeed. Helen Keller — ‘I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet’ First lesson learnt – Never ever crib or be depressed for whatever reason – there is so much more pain in this world! Here, in our world, normal or so called able humans are committing suicide because of relationship failures or money matters – and here we see that a girl – born to a well-to-do

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Lets educate our Men first

Being a resident of Delhi for 25 years I can easily conclude the following: You wear a nice fitted top and jeans, 90% of the men will stare at you. On the other hand if you are fully clad in a salwar kameez dupatta, less than 10% of them will hardly give you a second glance. Funny isn’t it. Sad, but true story. And many women I spoke to agreed to my observation. And since

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#NirbhayaInsulted: What are we hiding behind?  

A lot of debate on the film ‘India’s Daughter’ actually happened even before the film was seen, and based on this debate/furor it was promptly banned. I don’t blame the naysayers in this case as their perception was based on the despicable statements and lack of remorse by the rapist and his lawyers, which is really blood boiling when you watch it. But that apart, the film actually holds a mirror to the society. It

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कच्ची कली

यह कितनी कोमल और भली है क्योंकि अभी यह कच्ची कली है इसका काम अभी तो बढ़ना बनकर फूल अभी तो खिलना रहने दो इसे अभी यों ही इसे अभी और है सजना होकर बड़ी एक दिन यह स्वतः फूल बन जायेगी बनकर फूल सुगंधित यह फिर दुनिया को महकायेगी या फिर कोई चुन लेगा इसको और यह धागे में पिरोई जायेगी फिर पड़कर किसी माला में यह किसी गले का हार बन जायेगी या

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#BetterDemocracy: Abuse of Women in the Public Sphere

Does it start with eve-teasing- the common euphemism for the abuse and violence women experience on the streets in various parts of India? Does it end with the offender being punished or the women being convinced into ‘submission’? When a young girl comes home, disturbed, at experiencing violence and abuse on the streets for the first time, she is told that ‘neither is this something new nor can it be stopped; Just Ignore’. She then

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