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Nov 10, 2014

‘Kiss of Love’ protests rattle Modi’s conservative India

NEW DELHI, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A mass-kissing campaign
against moral policing in a southern Indian city has swept the
country, advertised via Facebook, as urban youngsters challenge
a deeply conservative society.

Dozens of ‘Kiss of Love’ activists stole kisses and blocked
traffic near a metro station in New Delhi at the weekend,
outnumbering a handful of right-wing protesters who see such
public displays as a threat to Indian culture.

Nov 7, 2014
via India Insight

A Minute With: Farah Khan on ‘Happy New Year’

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Farah Khan’s film “Happy New Year” is a rare Bollywood blockbuster directed by a woman. The film set an opening-day box office record for movies in India.

Reviews of the heist caper that doubles as a song-and-dance extravaganza have been critical but the choreographer-turned-director is unfazed, saying she relies on her gut instinct while making movies that make her happy.

Nov 7, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ shakes up Bollywood’s men’s club

NEW DELHI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A record opening-day debut for
a Bollywood film that happens to be directed by a woman is
shaking up the men’s-only club of filmmakers in the list of
India’s highest grossing movies.

Farah Khan’s new film, a heist caper that doubles as a
song-and-dance extravaganza, is a rare blockbuster by a woman
filmmaker in the Indian movie industry, the world’s largest by
ticket sales. Two of Khan’s three previous films in the last
decade were hits too, but not as big as “Happy New Year”.

Nov 7, 2014

Trip Tips: Tea, trains and tales from Darjeeling

DARJEELING India (Reuters) – Darjeeling, for many people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the Himalayas in India’s northeast is also a gateway to spectacular views of the world’s third highest peak as well as a rare glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.

There also are reminders of India’s colonial past, including a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train” that makes a tourist run into the hills under power of a steam locomotive.

Nov 7, 2014

Trip Tips: Tea, trains and tales from India’s Darjeeling

DARJEELING, India, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Darjeeling, for many
people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the
Himalayas in India’s northeast is also a gateway to spectacular
views of the world’s third highest peak as well as a rare
glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.

There also are reminders of India’s colonial past, including
a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train” that makes a
tourist run into the hills under power of a steam locomotive.

Jul 2, 2014
via India Insight

Rajiv Chowk: that’s Rajiv Gandhi, not Goswami, Wikipedia

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Rajiv Gandhi was the former prime minister of India. Rajiv Goswami was a Delhi student who set himself on fire in 1990 to protest job reservations for India’s so-called backward classes. Gandhi has a place named for him in the middle of New Delhi: Rajiv Chowk.

This is true everywhere but on Wikipedia. The online, user-maintained site’s entries for Rajiv Chowk (formerly Connaught Place), which is in Delhi’s central business district, and the city’s busiest metro station, say both were named after Rajiv Goswami.

Nov 22, 2013
via India Insight

Magnus Carlsen dethrones Viswanathan Anand as world chess champion

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World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world chess championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.

A draw in the crucial 10th game after 65 moves of play gave the young Norwegian an unassailable lead in the 12-match contest and put an end to Anand’s hopes of retaining the FIDE title he’s held since 2007.

Nov 7, 2013
via India Insight

Anand, and India, stand in Carlsen’s path to chess glory

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Magnus Carlsen is the world’s number one chess player but that counts for little in India, where he’ll have to conquer local favourite Viswanathan Anand to become the first world chess champion from the West in nearly 40 years.

Anand, the undisputed world champion since 2007, has slumped to eighth in the rankings but has the experience of five world titles to thwart his 22-year-old Norwegian rival. If Carlsen wins the title this month, he’ll be the first champion from the West since American Bobby Fischer’s reign ended in 1975.

Oct 31, 2013
via India Insight

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh slip in Forbes’ most powerful list

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India’s top politicians Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh have fallen out of the top 20 in Forbes’ annual list of the world’s most powerful people.

Gandhi, leader of India’s Congress party, was No. 21 on the 2013 list, down from 12 last year. Prime Minister Singh took the 28th spot in the list, also losing nine spots since 2012.

Jul 16, 2013
via India Insight

In search of the lost telegram

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(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

I sent my first and last telegram over the weekend, thanks to the flood of newspaper reports that warned of India’s telegraph service winding up after more than 160 years.

My curiosity was fuelled by memories of Bollywood movies from the 1960s and 70s. On receiving a telegram, the hero’s mother either fainted or treated the family to sweetmeats – depending on whether the news was good or bad.

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      "Tony Tharakan is Editor, India Online and looks after the Reuters India website, managing the desk's 24/7 operations in New Delhi. He has been with Reuters since September 2006 and has previously worked with The Times of India and Press Trust of India. He holds post-graduate degrees in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and in English from Hindu College, Delhi University."
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