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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Humour

What I miss and what I won’t this COVID Diwali

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  Diwali during a global pandemic is probably something you never saw coming. Usually, during this season, there’s a strong urge to avoid over-zealous relos...

Bringing the skeletons out of the closet

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I really don’t care for skeletons. Even as a self-respecting Rock musician, I keep far from skeleton-glorifying artwork, clothing and accessories. In fact, I dislike...

Caller checkmate!

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Discovering a new technique of avoiding conversations from call centre operators has been a delightful experience, writes SHERYL DIXIT

COVID notwithstanding, celebrating our milestone wedding anniversary with bubbly

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At the end of this month, I am (oops, we are) celebrating a milestone in our lives – our golden wedding anniversary. Fifty long...

Let’s be friends, mate!

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It’s a rough world out there at desi dinner parties, writes SANAM SHARMA

Quack it!

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Both my parents are certified quacks who take great pride in their own brand of home remedies beginning with hot showers and mind management. ‘Take...
movies

Kahan gaye voh scene?

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As a movie buff, I rarely miss a good film irrespective of the moral discomfort of watching a pirated disc. And as a long-time...

COVID-19: The other side of the pandemic

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Even as the coronavirus is in rapid retreat from our shores, there is a wave of predictions by futurists. Most foresee dire days ahead...
This English Language Day (23 April), let’s revisit the new words we’ve learnt while self-isolating.

COVID19: Expanding our vocabularies in 2020

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Ever since social distancing measures were announced in March, we have all been self-isolating and working from home. We’ve also learnt a slew of...
Listing the pros and cons of the post-pandemic era

Life after the coronavirus

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It’s the dawn of the PC era, folks. No, I’m not talking about the Personal Computer era. That’s some four decades old, and our life is now run...
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War of the Wipes

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Oh no, you’re thinking, not another column on the cursed coronavirus! Folks, before your cry goes viral, calm down, wash your hands, wear your mask,...
There’s a resurgence of interest in Indian-style yogurt: what does it reveal about us?

Curd cultures and whey-ty wisdom

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There’s a resurgence of interest in Indian-style yogurt: what does it reveal about us?
"Make sure to put in a pocket!": The infamous pocket

Pocket full of… motherhood

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My grand-mother Beryl (‘Nanna’ as I call her) is British/Russian/Portuguese – an exotic mix indeed! Born and raised in India, my 95-year-old Nanna has a sworn...
Road rage desi style

Road rage desi style

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Road rage desi style
ScoMo Awards

Awards season

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At the start of a new year, we wish happiness, in a general way, to folks known to us. And yet this time of...
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All I want for Christmas is…

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With all their jobs of making toys for the world’s children have gone to China, the elves have been redeployed to sort out the...

Goldfish medicine and exploding eggs: Duties of a ninja mum

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Both my kids are having meltdowns. I solved their bickering over the television by simply unplugging the cables. Phase one over, phase two quickly ensued. My three-year-old dipped...

US Professor's "Indian food is terrible" tweet riles up twitterati

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An academic specialist on international affairs, and professor at Harvard Extension School, ruffled a few feathers when he quoted to controversial food opinion on...

Auntyji: Thieving neighbours and trouble-making colleagues

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DEAR AUNTYJI We live in Inner West Sydney in a terrace, and recently, something happened that we really need your rai on and which has all...
Aussie lingo and phonetics

Aussie Lingo: Expressions that work differently on a FOB

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When you step out of your country, regardless of your background, it’s quite natural to feel a bit lonely. Yes, there are fellow-Indians all...

Auntyji: 2 cents on Indian-Oz migrants & slamming desi saas being a tyrant!

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Indian migrant, 34 Dear Auntyji So you just have read Pawan's note to the 34-year-old Indian immigrant. How interesting is it that we now have so many Indians...

It's all in the head

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Seldom has the world seen a crop of so many powerful figures ruling different parts of the globe at the same time as now....
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Ask Auntyji: Talks about dadagiri in Cricket & shaadi in social media age

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Empire and (post) colonialism in English cricket Dear Auntyji As you know, England recently won the Cricket World Cup on account of a metric that no...
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Ask Auntyji: Men's right to candle-lit baths | Auntyji plays cupid saath saath!

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METROSEXUAL HUSBAND DEAR AUNTYJI I’m a medical professional in my early 50s and my husband works in finance. On Thursdays, I work shifts, so I come home...
Modern.Indian Link

The many ways in which modern life can be oh-so-annoying

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A man raised by wolves in a forest says he misses his old life. Living as a wolf cub in a Spanish wilderness was...

From sharaab to shiraz: A study on the evolution of the desi drinker

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In the hallowed columns of your favourite Indian newspaper, I am now going to reveal the results of some very serious research I have...

Auntyji: Mothers and Sons

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MOTHERS AND SONS I have had some recent issues that I was hoping you could advise me on. I have two sons, 32 and 35:...

Auntyji: moustaches and deep thoughts

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Our resident agony aunt answers your dilemmas!

Indians in Oz

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The FAQs that make us love our Facebook community groups

Podcasts

Ep8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s life

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To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

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  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Ep 6: The Indian LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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  It’s been two years since the world’s largest democracy repealed the draconian Section 377 which used to allow discrimination against homosexual people. Only this...

Latest News

IND v Aus 3rd T20 ticket giveaway quiz

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  Coveted tickets to the last match of the India vs Australia T20 series on 8th Dec at the SCG are now up for grabs! Get...

Re-sanctifying the Swastika

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  Choreographer Raghav Handa’s latest production Cult of The Titans comes with a content warning. The work contains images of the swastika. … Patrons (have) the...
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Indian musicians strike a chord with Grammy 2021 nominations

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  Amid all the noise about snubs and transparency, there are a few Indian tunes that have struck the right note at the Grammy Award...