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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 17, 2014 AT 02:21 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 17, 2014 02:21 IST

From the first decade of 1900s. Indubala, Mohammad Bandi and Achhan Bai were contemporaries of the legendary Gauhar Jaan, prima donna of early recordings of Indian music:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 17, 2014 AT 02:21 IST, Edited At: Mar 17, 2014 02:21 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 27, 2014 AT 21:38 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2014 22:35 IST

Even if one did not expect honesty from Rahul Gandhi on 1984, one would have thought that his handlers would have at least prepared him better for his Times Now interview with Arnab Goswami.

Much as they wanted us to be told over and over again as to how he wants to empower women and open up the system, has personally "given" us the Lokpal, RTI, and six wonder bills that he wants Parliament to pass, perhaps they should also have told him to not try to justify the actions of the ruling Congress party in 1984:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 27, 2014 AT 21:38 IST, Edited At: Jan 27, 2014 22:35 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 17, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 17, 2014 05:16 IST

She acted in only a handful of Hindi movies, but what songs! A few favourites.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 17, 2014 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Jan 17, 2014 05:16 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 11, 2013 AT 23:11 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2013 23:11 IST

Vikram Seth on NDTV's The Buck Stops Here programme presented by Barkha Dutt, responding to today's Supreme Court judgment which reversed the 2009 Delhi High Court judgment that had read down Section 377 and decriminalised homosexuality:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 11, 2013 AT 23:11 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2013 23:11 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 06, 2013 AT 21:46 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 06, 2013 21:46 IST

Bono in Time: Bono Honors Madiba, The Man Who Could Not Cry

He had humor and humility in his bearing, and he was smarter and funnier than the parade of world leaders who flocked to see him. He would bait his guests: “What would a powerful man like you want with an old revolutionary like me?”

He could charm the birds off the trees—and cash right out of wallets. He told me once how Margaret Thatcher had personally donated £20,000 to his foundation. “How did you do that?” I gasped. The Iron Lady, who was famously frugal, kept a tight grip on her purse. “I asked,” he said with a laugh. “You’ll never get what you want if you don’t ask.” Then he lowered his voice conspiratorially and said her donation had nauseated some of his cohorts. “Didn’t she try to squash our movement?” they complained. His response: “Didn’t De Klerk crush our people like flies? And I’m having tea with him next week … He’ll be getting the bill.” (On other occasions, I heard Mandela praise the courage of F.W. de Klerk, the last President of apartheid South Africa, who had his own prison to escape: the prejudice of his upbringing. We should not forget his role in this historic drama).


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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 06, 2013 AT 21:46 IST, Edited At: Dec 06, 2013 21:46 IST
     
 
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