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 “NO”. No means no! Pink (2016) has been in my watchlist for a long time. With the release of Tamil version Nerkonda Paarvai, I had to watch the original and I did it this week. I liked the film, the casting of Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang was perfect. Though the film was about an important topic, of the safety and respect of women’s individual rights and preference, it stands out for not being preachy or judgemental. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the team hit hard on stereotypes that are common with Indians – on women…

When India’s ISRO successfully launched a probe (MOM) to the “red” planet in 2014 it made history – it was the fourth space agency to reach Mars, the first country to do so in its maiden attempt, and, it did this in a fraction of cost compared to others. I got intrigued. The movie Mission Mangal (2019) is a cinematic take on the people behind that mission which made India proud. I have been generous with my MangoIdiots rating of a “Ripe” for things the film didn’t have: including lengthy family dramas, love duets, soap opera style treacheries, and, little…

Is this an example of a transparent customer support from a #TELCO or of a poor service, you decide. At my office, we have a Reliance Jio #JioFi card. The data speeds were good till 2 days ago. Suddenly, it became too slow and with only 4 out of 5 bars. On complaining, I got a call from an engineer who logged the location, then a little later when I called up he reported that it was a 3rd party tower issue and it will be fixed in 24 hours. It seems the third party hasn’t paid their Power bill…

The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future. A story of famines and trade, science and cupidity, by the Economist This is a wonderful article in the Economist magazine (sorry, you may need a subscription to read it in full) giving an introduction to monsoons in India and a historical overview of the water crisis in India. I understood more about the North East (Summer) and the South West (Winter) monsoons than whatever I have read in my school textbooks. The report also gives explains in simple terms how Jet Streams works, what is El Nino, and why cyclones are…

I was a teenager when India’s former prime minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi got assassinated on the 21st May 1991. He was India’s youngest PM and was seen to be full of ideas for a modern India that was waiting to be unshackled. For my generation, he symbolised our aspirations for the future in a prosperous India; with his death, we saw our dreams and hopes come crashing down. A part of the young me and millions of other Indians died with him on that day. It was a double blow for residents of Tamil Nadu as the tragedy took place…