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I am pinching myself to check all that happened today were real. I got a rare invitation to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, towards the celebration of (Late) Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthday in the presence of Hon’ble President of India Sri Ram Nath Kovind. Like every Indian who has watched Rashtrapati Bhavan, the symbol of India, getting to go inside was an ecstatic experience. Every year, the President’s house celebrates Dr Kalam’s birthday…

From time to time, the Mother Teresa Women’s complex, next to Valluvar Kottam, Chennai plays host to handicrafts and products made by women self-help group from around the country. Some years back I want for a Navarathri Exhibition that happened here. This week there an exhibition called India Organic Fair, organised by AIM for Seva, an NGO with the support of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. I went to the…

Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran starring John Abraham could’ve been a far better film considering it is based on the events leading to the nuclear tests in 1998 that made India as a nation stand up and occupy its rightful place in the new world order. Worldwide many geopolitical experts will side with Indian establishment, that this event prevented any chances of a full-scale war between India and Pakistan – it is a tragic irony,…

“With more than half of India under the age of twenty-five, the country is set to have the youngest population in the world by 2021. But India’s millennials are nothing like their counterparts in the West”. As an Indian in my forties, today’s India baffles me – it is not the politics (that’s always confusing) but what drives it? When I was growing up, things were simple, I was excited by Rakesh Sharma going in…

I have been to Dakshina Chitra a few times, mostly accompanying my clients  (Yes, I know, it sounds like a cliché) who visit from abroad as a pit stop on the way to Mahabalipuram. It is a living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India, presented in an enjoyable way – They certainly have succeeded in that mission. The place is convenient to visit from the city, well maintained -…