Don’t ever mistake a salon for a barbershop

By Purva Grover

In the back pocket of my grandpa’s trousers lay hidden a tiny, pale blue-hued plastic comb. He’d take it out once or sometimes twice a day. I’d watch the tines work their magic on his silver hair. Grandma, on the other hand, owned a fancy hairbrush, which enjoyed a prominent space on her dresser. I loved her long henna’ed hair and was fascinated by how she tied it in a bun. Growing up, I made note of how my mum and aunts made appointments at salons, whilst dad and uncles would just walk to the barbershops, sans any prior arrangements.

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In the tunnel of Aids phobia, with memories of a princess

By Suresh Pattali

I always adored Princess Diana. In fact, Prince Charles and yours truly fell in love with Lady Di almost at the same time. Such beauty and grace; she took the British monarchy to the common man with her tireless philanthropic work across the world, earning for herself the nickname the People’s Princess. She changed the world’s perception about HIV/Aids by shaking hands with patients without wearing a glove. At that time, Aids patients were considered untouchables, as the international community was still debating how the disease transmitted.

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This is my dream India XI and it beats the #10YearChallenge

By Abhishek Sengupta

As cricket’s self-anointed ‘World Cup’ involving all of nine countries and a clutch of Caribbean island-nations comes rolling to 10 cities around England and Wales this summer, I realise I might just be completing a decade without cricket, an era of having not given two hoots about the gentleman’s game.

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Access journalism detracts from speaking truth to power

By Anamika Chatterjee​

Social media in India may have taken a life of its own, but news channels continue to play a significant role in shaping public discourse. In his new book The Indian Newsroom, journalist and author Sandeep Bhushan maps the journey of Indian news channels. Here are edited excerpts of a conversation with Khaleej Times:

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