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The things you learn about the royal family by watching telly

By Nivriti Butalia

I didn’t know the word cortège till I saw the telecast of Lady Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997. The commentary on BBC kept referring to the cortège (led by six horses and 10 men) — the casket that bore the white envelope with ‘Mummy’ written on it, and that lay on a wreath of white roses. Continue reading The things you learn about the royal family by watching telly

A musician ended his life. Not the first K-Pop star to do so

By Farhana Chowdhury

Jonghyun Kim, the lead vocalist of K-Pop boy band SHINee, recently committed suicide at the young age of 27, shocking fans around the world, including me. According to Korean media, the star had left a number of cryptic messages prior to his death that hinted at his long-term struggle with depression, loneliness and fear of lacking talent. Continue reading A musician ended his life. Not the first K-Pop star to do so

A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens

By Anamika Chatterjee

Seated on her bed, her back towards Philip, Elizabeth II — in her very first scene in The Crown’s second season — asks her husband if he wants to be ‘in, not out’. It’s not much of a choice really, when being ‘in’ means giving their marriage a chance and ‘not out’ means keeping up with the pretence of a fairytale. Continue reading A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens

Quiz time. Watching TV nonstop makes you a….?

By Nivriti Butalia

Sometime last month, the term ‘binge racer’ trickled into my consciousness. ‘What?’ Yea, well, I hear you. As far as I can tell, there is no difference between being a binge racer and being a couch potato. Apart from the fact that, to me, couch potato brings back parental admonishments from my childhood when I used to be parked in front of a big, ugly BPL TV: “Stop being a couch potato! Go out and play!”

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What history has to do with Padmavati being real, or not

By Anamika Chatterjee

Histories are written by the powerful, but memories are owned by the powerless as well. That might explain why a 14th century Rajput queen has made her way to our primetime debates. Today, Rani Padmavati — she of unparalleled beauty, devotion and valour — exists somewhere between this tussle between history and memory.

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