Did Indira Gandhi know she was going to be assassinated?

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By Sunil Kumar After the assault on the Golden Temple; Indira Gandhi would certainly have been aware of the fact that there would be considerable resentment amongst the Sikhs. It is speculated that the PM had a premonition regarding her …

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What is Madhushala(book) all about; apart from tavern of wine?

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By Sunil Kumar As you must be aware; Madhushala is book of 135 “quatrains”: verses of four lines (Ruba’i) by Hindi poet, writer and Amitabh’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan. What is it about? If one cursorily listens to these verses; …

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Why did Amitabh Bachchan and Naseerudin Shah never work together?

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By Sunil Kumar Amitabh Bachchan made special appearances in two Naseeruddin Shah movies; Hero Hiralal and Jalwa. They were slated to work together in a movie along with Vidya Balan named “Badla”; but it never got made. Also; due to …

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What is the meaning of the poem “Madhushala”?

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By Sunil Kumar The poet Harivanshrai Bachchan attempted to explain the complexity of life; using the symbolism of the Madhushala(The Tavern). A book of 135 quatrains(4 lines) or Ruba’i; inspired by Persian Omar Khayyam; Madhushala was published in 1935; resulting …

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Which character came first: Byomkesh Bakshi or Sherlock Holmes?

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By Sunil Kumar Answers continued; Sherlock Holmes is an outcome of the Victorian era; Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887. He was himself inspired by earlier detectives and writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and his …

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Breaking Bad: A Quest For Identity

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  By Sunil Kumar “I am the danger”. When a drastically transformed Walter White mutters these words; a viewer who’s been drawn in by the curiously irreverent “Breaking Bad” universe experiences a strange other-worldly chill. I didn’t like this strange …

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Midnight And Children

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By Sunil Kumar Long years ago; we made a tryst with destiny. When the world was awake(technically), Nehru said that it was asleep and we got independence. There was an Indian author who studied in Mumbai, Pakistan and England; and …

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