Why I sneak munchies into the movies all the time

By Nivriti Butalia

Here’s a confession: I sneak stuff into movie halls all the time — to eat, that is. Roasted foxnut (makhana) is my favourite. Either I roast it in the oven (I add kadi pata, ghee, salt or just zaatar and lemon olive oil), or I empty packets (bought from you-know-which-Indian-store) into the largest clean pan I can find. I then oversee the foxnut turn brown, but not too brown, because unwatched makhana burns fast, and the burn smell lingers, and then for 24 hours in the apartment you’re stuck with air that reeks of defeat.

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Three years on, has the world forgotten Alan Kurdi?

By Sherouk Zakaria

One afternoon in September three years ago, I was in office when a picture started trending on social media. The body of a small boy wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lay face down on the shores of a beach in Turkey. He was among the refugees who drowned on their way to Europe to start a new life. Instead of bringing him to safety and a promised life on the Greek island of Kos, the waves of the Aegean Sea washed Alan Kurdi’s body ashore.

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Heard about this guy who’s caused 4,000 breakups?

By Sushmita Bose

Two (standout) things happened over the past few days. First, a colleague-cum-young-friend got married. Before she proceeded on wedding leave, I grilled her mercilessly, and she was sporting enough to bear it all with a grin and generally be cooperative with answers, even as she dodged a few bullets. When I asked her, “What does marriage [and, by extension, a relationship] mean to you?”, she responded, in a heartbeat: “A covenant… and not just any covenant, it’s a sacrament, a commitment, one from which you cannot backtrack.”

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A millennial travelled to 196 countries and set a record

By Keith Pereña

It’s a running joke. Millennials are poorer than the generation before them, Gen-X. According to a Financial Times report, every generation — has enjoyed a higher quality of life than its predecessor. From the Baby Boomers (1946-1965), to Gen-X (1966-1980) life kept improving. But the report shows that millennials – who are in their 20s and 30s have incomes barely higher than what their parents earned at the same age.

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Best news of the week? Kylie Jenner’s cereal confession

By Nivriti Butalia

Thank goodness for Kylie Jenner. Amid all the noise on Twitter this week about god knows what all, Kylie Jenner offered respite that I am grateful for.Where to start about the noise? Possibly on an auspicious note, with the news of Anup Jalotia, devotional singer and his student of the year, 28-year-old Jasleen Matharu; or Woody Allen and his wife of 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, finally “breaking her silence”. There was also Trump’s guy, dodgy Brett Kavanaugh still  harping on ‘I didn’t do it’; India made triple talaq a crime; and beat Pakistan here in Dubai. There was other stuff too obviously, but moving on.

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Why Woody Allen’s wife’s story is not anti-#metoo

By Anamika Chatterjee

What happens to a family in the aftermath of the wear-and-tear of hearts? This week, a detailed account of Soon-Yi Previn, published in the New York Magazine on September 17, glimpsed into this deeply conflicted world. Soon Yi, the adopted daughter of Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, landed in our collective conscience way back in 1992, following the news of an affair with filmmaker Woody Allen, who’d been dating Farrow for nearly a decade. In the years that followed, Soon-Yi assumed several roles in our collective imagination — she is at once the victim of Allen’s whims and fancies and a willing accomplice. Her silence over the years has done little justice to the perceptions attached to her. A reason why her recent interview with Daphne Merkin was a story waiting to be told.

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