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Remembering Kannada only on Rajyotsava
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Remembering Kannada only on Rajyotsava

November 2, 2019

November 1st was Karnataka Rajyotsava, our State’s birthday. It was on this day in 1956 that all Kannada-speaking provinces were brought together and named Mysore or Mysore State under the States Reorganisation Act. Then on November 1, 1973, it was renamed as Karnataka. Every year to mark this day, our leaders after hoisting the yellow-red…

Time to unburden Chamundi Hill?
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Time to unburden Chamundi Hill?

October 26, 2019

On Tuesday, there was a landslide on Chamundi Hill. About 50 ft. of road connecting Nandi Statue area to the View Point on Chamundi Hill main road broke off from the Hillside and slid to a depth of 22 feet. Works to rebuild the road are going on at a brisk pace but it has…

Spiritual Spinners !
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Spiritual Spinners !

October 19, 2019

The Income Tax Department conducted raids last week where it seized Rs. 43.9 crore in cash, Rs.17.5 crore in US currency, 1,271 carats of diamonds and discovered Rs. 500 crore of undisclosed income! All this not from a thieving greedy businessman but from a once LIC Clerk named Vijayakumar, who became Kalki Bhagwan ! I…

Fashion Tricks
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Fashion Tricks

October 12, 2019

Yesterday our Prime Minister was a cynosure of all eyes as he welcomed the Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore crisp white traditional Tamil Karai veshti (dhoti with border), angavastram (a stole) and a half-sleeve white shirt.  What a fantastic sartorial choice — both for its…

Jayantis are a farce
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Jayantis are a farce

October 5, 2019

We celebrated the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi three days ago on October 2. It is also the day that United Nations has declared as the International Day of Non-Violence. But just two days after Gandhiji’s birthday, a case of violence was reported against 49 “intellectuals” as they were booked for sedition. Now, what did…

Hearty talk…
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Hearty talk…

September 28, 2019

Like many men in Indian families, I too come from a not so proud line of men with clogged arteries. Luckily, I am yet to be clogged. But like many Indians, I too have thrown caution to the winds and succumbed to culinary charms. For most of my life, I have had an intense and…

We need Dasara & our DC needs a leg-up
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We need Dasara & our DC needs a leg-up

September 21, 2019

Mysureans love Dasara, not just because it’s a celebration but also because it’s a time for rejuvenation. Come Dasara, our administration becomes ‘quick fix Murugan’ to spruce up our city.  And they do this hurriedly and randomly. First, they start patching up roads, creating footpaths, clearing roadside vendors, etc. It seems every year our administration…

Fine us, but punish them
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Fine us, but punish them

September 14, 2019

Three weeks ago, a friend picked me up for lunch. He was late. The reason for the delay he said was the long line at the RTO and Emission Certification Centre.  A few minutes into our drive, I noticed there was a red ‘L’ board sticker on his windshield. He said his licence had expired…

Down… but not out
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Down… but not out

September 7, 2019

Last night, many who were waiting for that moment of glory and pride were left screaming “Vikram yellidiyappa…” as the Moon Lander lost communication with the ground station of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).  While Vikram remains incommunicado leaving many disheartened, it has reignited enthusiasm and curiosity among Indians, both young and old, about Space…

Merging for strength and diversion?
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Merging for strength and diversion?

August 31, 2019

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday announced the merger of 10 public sector Banks into four entities. The first merger, that of Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank will create a super-bank named Punjab National Bank. This will be the second-largest public sector Bank in India, after the State Bank of India….

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