Everywhere I go, Bollywood chat becomes the icebreaker

By Anita Iyer

I rang in the New Year with thousands of revellers who had gathered in Ras Al Khaimah for a 13-minute long fireworks display that would earn the emirate a couple of Guinness World Records ( the ‘longest chain of fireworks’ exceeded 4.6km and ‘longest straight line of fireworks’ was 13 km).

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An easy 100 million yen. All you had to do was hit retweet

By Sushmita Bose

People do the strangest things for the sake of world records. They immerse themselves in snow for hours on end — clad in nothing but swimming trunks — to own the honours of being The One who spent the longest time in “direct full body contact” with freezing point. Or they cover their selves with bees: the more the better — because that’ll make them queen (or king) of an alternative, and human, version of the beehive. And so on.

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It makes no sense to protest the release of a political movie

By Anamika Chatterjee

It’s not often that one finds that someone penned a book titled The Book I Won’t Be Writing And Other Essays. And yet, H.Y. Sharada Prasad did just that. In the brief introduction, the former media adviser to Indian prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi made a case for not writing the book his peers so badly wanted him to write: an insider’s account of the leader that was Indira Gandhi. He said he lacked “the capacity to do justice to her complexity” — that prevented him from trying.

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