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ISpy November 2012

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Go Figure November 2012

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Mofussil India Sizzles

Are these films really the new cinema, worthy of the hype and celebration and the new directors really the new stars and trail-blazers offering pulsating, exciting, no-holds-barred, creative chutzpah that separates the real from the fluff?

Kushti

Traditional Indian wrestling isn’t just a sport — it’s an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow a strict regimen on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits.

Restaurant Sites Target Scale

“Indians are a lazy bunch,” laughs Goyal. “So we wanted to create something very close to their physical world. While menupages.com has menus in [a] standardized format, we scanned the actual menu cards and then put them up.”

How About a National Dumb Day?

We live in a cool, informal and let-it-all-hang-out-environment. Nothing is sacrosanct and irreverence towards buttoned-down conventions and established norms is the new popular mantra.

Republican Sunset

Indian Americans have not experienced the frontal brunt of the GOP’s hostile policies toward immigrants and minorities. Yet, Democrats enjoy far stronger support among Indian Americans than they do, for example, among Hispanics, who are significantly more impacted by the GOP’s uncompromising stance on immigration and welfare.

Ghost Walls Speak

How did archaeologists trace the ghost walls, which curiously is an archaeological term?

Feasting All Night Long

Come dusk and the winding lanes of the Jama Masjid area come alive with the sights and sounds — and smells — of celebrations. Of chicken tikkas sizzling, mutton kebabs roasting over blazing fires, giant woks of puris and massive cauldrons of curries, biryanis, steaming milk, etc.

Go Figure October 2012

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ISpy October 2012

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Far Away Home

Gurmale Singh Grewal's third generation family-owned Singh Developments has become one of the largest Indian real estate empires in the United States.

Return of India's Prodigal Daughters

What of the prodigal daughters? Why must I hum and dawdle when my mother urges me to come home? Why does the promise of better jobs and being closer to my family not have me packing my bags now?

Feeling Music with Amjad Ali Khan

“When Amjad Ali Khan performs, he carries with him a deep human spirit, a warm feeling and a sense of caring.”

Have Global E-Tailers Missed the Bus in India?

India's base of unique Internet users has grown rapidly, reaching 120 million and expected to expand to more than 350 million by 2015. India’s unique mobile subscriber base is 600 million.

Bollywood’s Hollywood Fixation

Sure, Bollywood is on the rise, but as a global force that instantly demands and gets respect, awe, admiration and attention, sorry folks, Hollywood is the real thing.

GOP Convention of Liars

The Republican Party, which has nominated an Ayn Rand faddist Paul Ryan as its nominee for vice president to placate the extremist wing of the party, recognizes well that the vision of dismantling the widely popular social safety net of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc., would be toxic and disastrous in an election.

ISpy September 2012

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Go Figure September 2012

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To Hell With Bollywood

Even megastars like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan are rebelling against Bollywood— the word that is.

Moving to a Digital Future

“When we launched Smartclass in 2004 as the first-ever digital classroom program, it was an uphill task convincing schools to adopt it. These schools had not witnessed any change in a century.... It is a completely different scenario now. Private schools across India today see (technology) as an imperative. A digital classroom is set to become the bare-minimum teaching accessory in schools, just like a blackboard is today.”

The Higgs Boson Manifesto

At a deeper level, the real issue at stake in the debate over the “God Particle” is a choice between two different worldviews.

Desi Ghee Incarnate

The star wrestler-actor Dara Singh embodied all that Indian-style clarified butter or “desi ghee” stands for — not least its potential for good honest home-grown strength and tenacity.

Glocal

Delhi’s street vendors serve as global marketing model.

Let's Talk About Dating

“Firstly, I shall ask him to think over the matter very seriously before taking a final decision, talk to him about the possible consequences of such a marriage, giving examples of cases which we both (parents) know about. If I see that he is still convinced about it, I’ll support him.”

Dubai’s Grand Gurdwara

Gurunanak Darbar is a heady mix of spirituality, tradition, modernity, opulence and the determination of a man.

Romance Lost

Frankly, India of the late 1960s was totally unprepared for Rajesh Khanna. The film industry, blown out of its mind, christened him Superstar. Stardust, the new iconoclastic, irreverent and deliciously chatpata new film magazine on the block, baptized him the Phenomenon and sold out its maiden issue within days just via banners enquiring whether Rajesh will/has married his girlfriend (at that time) Anju Mahendru?

McCarthyism Redux

All minorities and religious groups should be affronted and alarmed by these reckless and unfounded accusations against decent and honorableAmericans who happen to be Muslims.

Hold the Shloka

World’s only Sanskrit daily holds out against the odds.

Globalizing the Indian Diet

The 21st century Indian professional is a global citizen. Well read, well travelled and yes, well fed! She knows her blue cheese from a feta, pita bread from a naan, dim sum from a momo. These up-worldly mobile Indians do not shy away from asking for New World Wines with specific harvesting years nor are they insensitive to subtle flavors like truffle oil, asparagus foam or recognizing the robust overtones of a genuine Thai bird eye chilli and galangal.

Gurdwaras Go Hi Tech

From translation screens to air conditioning,gurdwaras are embracing technology.

No Place to Die

“The problem is reaching an alarming level. Unless the government intervenes and provides land for new burial grounds the issue can’t be solved.”

Go Figure August 2012

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ISpy August 2012

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Mehdi Hasan

A tribute to the greatest gazal singer of our time.

Serial Blasts Rock Oxford of the East

Of the 40,000 international students pursuing education in India, nearly half are studying in colleges in Pune.

Indian Designer Baby Factory

“Earlier it was a form of colonization, but now studies show the numbers are divided equally — 50 percent of surrogate babies are born to rich Indian parents and 50 percent to foreigners by Indian surrogates.”

Tuning In to Tune Out

Music is the essential stressbuster for many Bollywood stars, trying to cope with erratic shooting schedules, hectic travel and long hours under the arclights, not to mention the unrelenting paparazzi gaze.

The Skinny on Ash’s Fat

Aishwarya’s figure is cause for global distress. The querry “Aishwarya figure”throws up over 4 million results on google.

The Last Indian Village

Chitkul enjoys the distinction of being the last inhabited Indian village along the border.

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