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Steve Smith’s time has finally arrived

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 19:58

Even though he already had five Test centuries to his name, the moment Steve Smith, batting on 99 at the Gabba, saw his shot go past the fielder towards the point boundary, he screamed and celebrated as if it was his debut Test ton.

Govinda: The return of 'Hero No 1'

By Aparna Mudi | Last Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 14:38

Govinda was one of India's favourite 90s hero. No matter how much the snobs ignored him, secretly everyone loved him as he wore his purple and orange pants and made faces that would make soulless zombies guffaw till their sides split. He is the Jim Carrey of India - loved by many. His comic timing is something that younger heroes are trying to emulate and they still have a long way to go.

India's tour of Australia: How new crop of Indian players overcame Gabba challenge

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:21

On two days of fluctuating fortunes, a new crop of Indians put to rest the Gabba snigger the visitors have been forced to associate with the fast and bouncy pitches Down Under. Historical fallacies were consigned to, for a prospective future once the Indian team finished Day 1 of the second Test at 311 for four wickets in Brisbane. Before the start of the match, it was everybody's assumption that the Indians will struggle to survive, let alone post a respectable score.

Why Mahira Khan is the next big thing in Bollywood

By Anindita Dev | Last Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 14:36

Mahira Khan – the Pakistani beauty and actress – is ready to carve a niche in Bollywood. She begins her ride with none other than superstar Shah Rukh Khan in `Raees`. 

While anybody can give an arm and a leg to be in her place, Mahira has been chosen to romance king Khan, leaving other B-Town divas far behind in the race.

'Woman' a gender by virtue!

By Dhriti Sharma | Last Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 17:47

It aches the heart, soul, mind and all the other awakened senses to know that women are abducted, raped, and robbed off their integrity with much ease lately.

I am at a huge loss of words to describe my helplessness, annoyance and sorrow to see and hear that girls and women are unsafe on this planet.

Peshawar school attack: Will Pakistan change now?

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 16:42

December 16 will surely go down in the history of Pakistan as one of its bloodiest and blackest days. The whole world cried when the Pakistani Taliban, trying to regroup itself, launched a savage and cowardly attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar, targeting hundreds of innocent children of military families, and mercilessly killing over 130 of them.

Peshawar Attack: When religion is an excuse to hate!

By Aparna Mudi | Last Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 16:42

Your demons will eventually come back to haunt you.

132 children have been killed in Peshawar. Not in a natural calamity, not of hunger or famine, they died because they were in school and some people decided they deserved to die.

Restricting a woman's freedom is not the solution to end rape

By Anindita Dev | Last Updated: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 18:11

Imagine the despair when every day the newspapers flash a horrific crime and/or report a rape of a woman. It is appalling to even admit that it happens in a civilised society such as India.

Remembering Christmas – a trip down memory lane

By Irengbam Jenny | Last Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 13:09

 December - the month of Christmas as well as the smell of winters makes it my favourite month of the year.

That bouncer: Phillip Hughes tragedy reviving the gentleman's game

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:52

May be he was thinking of his team-mate Phillip Hughes, who was the 13th man of Australia's squad for the first Test against India, despite succumbing to injuries two weeks ago. May be he was thinking whether he should have bowled that bouncer to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was still adjusting his helmet after being hit in the middle.

Indian cricket ushers in a new era

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 20:00

Jagmohan Dalmiya's partnership with Punjab Cricket Association boss IS Bindra propelled him to the top of the BCCI echelons. The duo changed the rules of cricket administration as they maximized the television rights of Indian cricket. Driven by money power, they soon began flexing their muscles internationally even crashing the exclusive ICC club.

Thank you Roger Federer!

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 14:38

As I headed towards the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Day 2 of the International Premier Tennis League, like any other tennis fan, I too, was brimming with excitement. There was disappointment for everybody on the opening day, where Roger Federer didn’t play a match. But knowing the fact that the Swiss legend would play on the second day, thousands of fans thronged to the stadium.

Why Michael Clarke is more than just a cricket captain

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 16:41

It has been a tumultuous week for world cricket. The sport lost a 25-year-old batsman just a few days before his birthday and a possible call-up to his nation's Test team. A double celebration was on the cards. Yet, here we are mourning the loss of a young life with emotion-sapping eulogies.

Tackling Mitchell Johnson; remaining fit throughout series key for India in Oz

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 00:05

Once the rescheduled four-match Test series between India and Australia starts, the biggest challenge for the Indian team would be to tackle the deadly speedster Mitchell Johnson. Since the return Ashes, he has certainly been in the form of his life and is undoubtedly the most feared bowler in world cricket at the moment.

Arsene Wenger has overstayed his welcome at Arsenal

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:09

If Arsene Wenger's tenure at Arsenal was a film, a critic was most likely to review it as powerful, engaging and exciting in the first half then predictable, inconsistent and disappointing in the second.

Elevating India-Australia series to Ashes level

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 16:47

In recent times, calls for elevating the India-Australia series to the status of Ashes have increased. There are facts, and more facts to justify the call for such an elevation. India, for once, is the ultimate cash cow of cricket and Australia, possibly the most spirited team of the sport.

Driving in Delhi – God save our souls!

By Aparna Mudi | Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 19:32

Delhi boasts of a well-developed transport system. Unlike a decade ago, most of the commercial areas are now well-connected with the Delhi Metro and hence, the roads have become relatively unclogged. Obviously, in an ever growing city like the Nation's capital, there is no dearth of traffic snarls and yet things have become much better than before.

Never judge a celebrity by his looks!

By Anindita Dev | Last Updated: Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 16:41

Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

Officials need to improve safety mechanisms after Phil Hughes tragic death

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 08:53

Phillip Hughes was batting on 63. His family was present at the ground as he played another classy innings. The 25-year-old would have known that another 37 runs could get him back into the Australian squad for the upcoming four-match Test series against India.

Only a ‘Swachh Cricket Abhiyan’ can save the gentleman’s game

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 16:50

In the year 2000, when my father told me about Hansie Cronje being caught in match-fixing, instead of being shocked, I laughed and said, “You must be kidding.

When will Indian cinema stop objectifying women?

By Anindita Dev | Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 18:24

We Indians are a hypocritical lot. At one end, we shout our hearts out for equal rights for women, we want to be respected and taken seriously but at the other end, we let the film industry define feminine stature.

Yes, the portrayal of women in our Bollywood films is downright demeaning and there are hardly any of us who have actually ever voiced our concerns.

Is it really about time and destiny? I think so!

By Vibhuti Jaitly | Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014 - 18:24

“No one gets before time and more than destiny”

I have been listening to the aforesaid quote since I was a teenager, but I didn't pay much heed to it. But off late, the question that has started to boggle my mind is – do 'right' time and destiny actually exist and play an important part in shaping our lives? Is our life bound and ruled by these two.

What could push a child to the brink?

By Hemant Abhishek | Last Updated: Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 18:00

“What is the simplest way to die?”

Seeing my usually cheerful friend uncharacteristically gloomy, I ventured to question his new-found melancholy when this remark knocked the wind out of me. He teaches less-privileged children, and his peace of mind had been jolted by a 10-year-old boy from his class, who asked him: “Sir, what is the simplest way to die?”

Mr Narendra Modi... don't worry we will fail you!

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 07:39

The Indian Railways is truly the face of India. It represents every facet of India, be it population explosion or uncleanliness. A glimpse of the same greeted me during my recent travel from Dhanbad to Delhi. The moment I got down at Ghaziabad station to head back to my home in Noida, my senses were at the receiving end of unbearable stink and ghastly sight of garbage and even human waste.

Virat Kohli: Master of chases, a skipper everybody praises

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:18

By the end of the five-match series between India and Sri Lanka, even though Virat Kohli was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament, the stats showed he was ten runs behind his counterpart Angelo Mathews, who ended up being the highest run-scorer with 329 runs.

Vintage Modi Vs Modi in English – The right choice?

By Akrita Reyar | Last Updated: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:17

When Narendra Modi started out as the Prime Minister, he was lauded and applauded for showing pride in his mother tongue – he chose Hindi as a medium for diplomatic parleys and major speeches.

Media widely reported that after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi was probably the second leader who had addressed the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi.

BJP good at ‘event management’ or is Narendra Modi a ‘popular leader’?

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:51

Narendra Modi is literally taking the world by storm. In the short span that he has been the Prime Minister of India he has visited Japan, United States, Brazil, Australia, Nepal, Myanmar and Fiji. Some have been bilateral visits, while others have been summits and so on. And in all of his trips abroad there has been a similar streak.

How can Modi’s 'Clean India Mission' spread ‘poison of hatred’?

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 17:12

This year on Children’s Day, Narendra Modi-led NDA government had come up with a unique idea of ‘Bal Swachhata Abhiyan’ which was jointly carried out by the education and health departments from November 14 to19 in various schools.

The campaign had been launched with an aim to provide an opportunity for the young generation to understand the necessity of cleanliness.

Smriti Irani’s KV policy – Lost in translation

By Akrita Reyar | Last Updated: Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 20:04

I don’t know what Smriti Irani – our venerable HRD minister – has in mind when she formulates policies, but with a stroke of a pen she is jeopardising the prospects of so many students in India.

Chinese 'Singles Day' : Why should couples have all the fun!

By Anindita Dev | Last Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 09:09

Thought Valentine's Day is a tad overdone? Tired of seeing couples going all mushy-mushy? Then here's a breather for you. Wait till you learn about the Chinese `Singles Day`.