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Shobhaa De

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Why India should be worried about the PM’s digestion…

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Shobhaa De Indians are obsessed with gas. Not in the pipeline. Not in a cylinder. But in their stomachs. Gujaratis and Bengalis, in particular, live inside their bellies and can discuss daily bowel movements with total strangers without the slightest bit of em... More »

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How Priyanka blew her chance in Varanasi

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Shobhaa De Poof! There goes the excitement! With Priyanka Gandhi opting out of the most electrifying contest of Election 2019 in Varanasi, voters are feeling cheated and let down. It’s a little like a prizefighter title bout being turned into a tame game of ta... More »

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In #hashtag election, citizens are becoming mere pawns

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Shobhaa De There is a generation out there with votes that matter in this crucial election, feeling entirely left out of the process that will directly impact them. You know why? These good folks belong to the pre-hashtag demographic and cannot be counted as s... More »

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And the Bharat Ratna goes to…Hello, where are the women?

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Shobhaa De Oh dear! Oh dear! So much heat and dust… so much heartburn and hand wringing…. such a lot of suspicion and cynicism. Why? The Bharat Ratna is considered the ultimate civilian recognition and acknowledgment of an individual’s life and legacy. It’s fi... More »

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Why go abroad when our docs are world class?

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Shobhaa De TA fortnight or so ago, two of my close girlfriends were diagnosed with the Big C. A few days later, we lost Meera Sanyal to the disease. This week, one more acquaintance has announced her condition over social media. All these people chose to recei... More »

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Sneaking into Sabarimala is no victory. Period!

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Shobhaa De Why does menstruation scare people so much? What is all this ‘chheee’ nonsense? How dare anybody declare a menstruating woman ‘unclean’ or ‘impure’? Bindu Ammini (42) and Kanakdurga (44) made history when they entered the Sabarimala temple for Ayyap... More »

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What is in Santa’s sack? Clearly, not a Cong-mukt Bharat

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Shobhaa De Let’s get a few things clear… just because Rahul Gandhi is today’s political hero, doesn’t automatically mean India will be celebrating Xmas josh se, okay? See… he may have gone temple-hopping like other youngsters go bar-hopping. But that’s because... More »