Author: Shail Raghuvanshi

Music to the Ears, (Un)beatable Indigo, Harry Potter Gamer, Robot Sophia one-up on Saudi Women, Pope Berates Mobile Clad Bishops

Reading Time: 3 minutesUNESCO recognises Chennai’s rich musical tradition; in a horrendous act Indigo staffers were caught on camera assaulting elderly passenger at IGI terminal Delhi; Niantic Labs, the developer of the once immensely popular Pokémon Go, is now making a Harry Potter AR game; Sophia is Saudi Arabia first robot citizen and during his weekly address in St. Peter’s […]

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Uber Uber Ban Ban, AI set to Rule the World, Shah Rukh gets the Moon, Khichdi Promo, and Hookah Bar

Reading Time: 3 minutesA far-right activist was banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft after launching into a vitriolic anti-Muslim tirade in the wake of the New York terrorist attack. Stephen Hawking feels that robots (AI) will eventually replace humans completely. SRK, who celebrated his birthday on Friday (Nov. 3) owns several acres of land on Moon. The […]

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Festival Lights in Singapore, Blotting History, Stoned to Study, Lost and Found

Reading Time: 3 minutesShail talks of four news, in the last week, in her regular column. Diwali-themed trains, a station and five buses in Singapore to run until October 31. Taj Mahal is being communalised by a BJP MLA, supports UP government to remove it from the booklet on tourism. Northern Michigan University is offering a marijuana-focused degree […]

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Aarushi Denied Justice, Deadly Curse of Elphinstone, From Wagon R to Biopic, Bitcoin Billionaire and We Want Sauce

Reading Time: 3 minutesShail reviews the fortnight that was in verse. Aarushi’s parents were acquitted of murder charges by the Allahabad High Court. In Mumbai, many died due to the collapse of a railway bridge at Elphinstone. The Delhi CM’s car was stolen from outside the Secretariat. Didi Taihuttu, a Dutch, has sold everything his family owns for […]

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The Mother

Reading Time: 1 minuteShail invokes Goddess Mother Durga, in a verse, in Different Truths Mother has come home visiting her children like she does every year for nine days in various forms and hues – the epitome of power, compassion, and love. All-encompassing I see her in everything, every day – in the largest of occurrences, in the […]

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South Indian Actors in Politics; UK Bans Uber; Jack Ma Promises Moon; Booze & Aadhar; Tim Cook on Social Issues; Faux pas by Rahul Gandhi

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere are six news last week that caught the attention of our columnist, Shail. She verses about two prominent South Indian actors rooting for Arvind Kejriwal and PM Narendra Modi. Uber is banned in the UK, Jack Ma, a Trump supporter, promises the moon to Americans. If you are in a pub in Hyderabad be […]

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A Child murdered in Ryan; Tom Alter Fights Cancer; Sasikala Ousted; Blast in London Tube and Rohingya Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week, Shail recasts five major events in the week that was in verse. A seven-year-child was brutally murdered in Ryan International School, Gurgaon, actor Tom Alter fights Cancer, Sasikala was ousted from her party in Tamilnadu, a blast in London tube injured many as terrorism raised its ugly head once again and the plight […]

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Gauri Lankesh Gunned Down, Brit Paedophile Assaults Blind Children, Personal Data as Currency and Golf through Fire

Reading Time: 2 minutesShail re-creates four news of the week gone by in verse. A fearless journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was gunned down at point blank range at her Bangalore home, by unknown assailants. A Brit paedophile assaulted three blind children in Delhi.  The Data Dollar Store, a pop-up shop in London, accepts personal data as currency. In the […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Mumbai Deluge, Unholy Baba and Blue Whale: Of Deaths, Shame, and Rape

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom beating drums, fire signals and cries of the ancient man, we had travelling bards moving from villages to villages, recounting many stories (read news) in India and elsewhere. These were the rich oral traditions. The storytellers were the first newspersons. We celebrate our legacy. Shail recounts top news of the week gone by, in […]

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A Knife for Life!

Reading Time: 9 minutesTwo women, Ria and Shanta Bai, belonging to different economic strata, do not just work in the same office. Piquantly their lives have many parallels too. Ria, a divorcee, and Shanta Bai, a widow, have similar challenges. Find out how Shanta Bai inspired Ria to deal with life, in the short story by Shail, as […]

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