Potpourri

Potpourri

Diets, Alcohol and Millionaires

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a tongue-in-cheek account on how our diets and alcohol affect our longevity, and how the rich and the famous lived and died, by Dr. Kulmeet. He dispels many fads, exclusively for Different Truths. Atkins, the famous man, who beat the General Motors diet hollow, to rake in millions, died weighing 280 pounds and his […]

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Cheeks of Hema Malini: Mumbaikars Destined to End up in Potholes

Reading Time: 3 minutesMumbai is where the Maharashtra Government’s seat is; where the Shiv Sena rules; where Raj Thackeray intimidates; where Bollywood tests the box-office; where cricket is played at all places and where roads are not like Hema Malini’s cheeks. Mumbai is also where annual Monsoon-invasions leave it crippled, drowning in filthy water, year after year. A […]

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Ghosts and Vultures Wait in the Wings: There is Killing to be made in Realty

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe first “sightings” of ghosts in Charki-Dadri, where two aircraft fell after colliding midair, killing over 300, were reported nearly two-and-a-half months after the horrific mishap. The ‘House of Horror’ deaths are not even a week old. Also, the police are camped outside and cop-fear follows the “guilty” to the grave, and beyond! A tongue-in-cheek […]

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Have a Heart

Reading Time: 3 minutes‘Have a heart.’ People say figuratively to the heartless but what of the mite who literally did not have a heart to speak of, or rather one too small to sustain her after birth? Imagine a beautiful brilliant son abroad, who soared skywards career wise but had no time for marriage and a family who, finally […]

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Three Ways to Keep Yourself Happy When You are Alone

Reading Time: 3 minutesHappiness is just a state of mind. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you should be happy with that. Even if you are alone, you should make the best use of your time and keep yourself happy, says Ritambhara, suggesting three ways to be happy, in the weekly column, exclusively for […]

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Two Killer Words in the News, Lynching and Assassination Flash across Screens, Pages

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere is the lone-wolf – the assassin. Lynching and assassination are two killer words in the news these days. The former is wanton, brutal. The latter is fine-tuned, deadly. Those lynched are common folk. Those in the crosshair of the assassin are leaders of men: Kings and Presidents. Prime Ministers and Chancellors. Political. Assassinations make […]

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Summer Vacations: Then and Now

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira reminisces about summer vacations. Life in the past was simpler and uncluttered. The simple joys of yesteryears are passé. The concept of family outings has changed now. The tech-savvy generation, joy is just a flick of a button away, she opines, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Seeing summer vacations come around, every year makes […]

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Bring Me a Book

Reading Time: 3 minutesSuveera takes us on a pleasurable journey into the world of books and reading, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Have you ever felt so involved in a book that you feel an inexplicable sadness when you turn the last page?  When you purposely avoid reading the book… just like you distance yourself […]

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The Lie That Cambridge Analytica can Sway FB Indians: 90 percent of Personal Data are Fake

Reading Time: 5 minutesFB boasts it can influence more than half the human population. Maybe. But not all the personal data of 2 billion human beings locked in FB is authentic data. That is because human beings lie to friends more often than they tell the truth. A week of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s use of data harvested […]

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Instead of Laughing at Others Mould Yourself

Reading Time: 4 minutesLaughter relaxes and rejuvenates us. But, should we laugh at others? Ruchira tells us how the brutality of the society is exposed when they make fun of and laugh at others. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Laughter is the best medicine,” goes the old adage. Everybody laughs while enjoying a […]

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