Q@9: The Story Behind Your Cup of Chai, Rahman’s Reply to the VHP

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AR Rahman takes a selfie right before a concert. (Photo: Facebook/ AR Rahman)

1. Annexation of Hyderabad: The Untold Story

It was in this week, 67 years ago, that Mir Osman Ali Khan, the Hyderabad Nizam capitulated under pressure from Indian forces and the large state became a part of India.

HR Venkatesh tells the little known story of the annexation of Hyderabad.

2. 27,000 Massacred, The Bloody Price of ‘Liberation’: Hyderabad 1948

A chapter in history that has conveniently been brushed under the carpet till recently, the annexation of Hyderabad was a bloody one. In September 1948, the Indian Army marched into the then-princely state of Hyderabad. The objective – Operation Polo.

Abhirup Dam writes on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the annexation of Hyderabad.

3. AR Rahman’s Lyrical Reply to the VHP and the Fatwa

Just after facing a fatwa for composing the soundtrack of Majid Majidi’s film Muhammad: The Messenger of God, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday appealed to AR Rahman to reconvert to Hinduism. While Rahman hasn’t replied yet to the VHP’s call for a ‘ghar-wapsi,’ and he just might not.

Suresh Mathew takes the liberty of responding on Rahman’s behalf.

4. Can The Leander Rebels Pull Off An Upset Against Czech Republic?

India’s hosting two-time former Davis Cup Champions Czech Republic in New Delhi this weekend. Despite the fact that the odds are stacked heavily against them, does India stand a chance against Czech Republic?

Mendra Dorjey analyses whether India stands a chance against the Czech Republic.

5. Review: The Entry Level Phone From Yu is Yunique in Every Sense

The Yu Yunique offers the perfect blend of high-end specifications and a solid build quality and looks exactly like the Yuphoria but lacks the metal frame. Does the new phone from Yu deliver?

Siddhartha Sharma reviews Yu’s latest offering: Yunique

6. These Vintage Ads Featuring Bollywood Celebrities Are So Damn Epic

These superstars of Hindi cinema have rocked the big screen for years. But do you remember them in these print ads? Not only do these vintage adverts take us right back to their hay days, they also make for a quirky look at the evolution of advertising and celebrity endorsements.

Megha Mathur compiles a list of epic vintage ads.

7. The Real Story Behind Your Cup of Chai

‘Dangerous’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘degrading’ – powerful words from a recent BBC report that has put the spotlight on the plight of Assam’s tea garden workers. But what the report doesn’t state is that lifting them out of poverty is India’s responsibility, a responsibility that is extremely challenging due to a host of interlinked and deep-rooted factors.

Rishika Baruah tells the real story behind your cup of chai.

8. Will You Root for Kozhukattai over Modak on Ganesh Chaturthi?

As you read this, imagine you’re imagining this with your eyes closed; the filling of a ‘kozhukattai’ is sweet, warm, slightly chewy and coarse (thanks to the desiccated coconut). The covering of steamed rice dough is smooth, almost buttery and as you press it between your tongue and palate...

Vikram Venkateswaran thinks that Kozhukattai wins hands down and he tells you why.

9. Bollywood Songs That’ll Get You Grooving to the Spirit of Ganapati

There is not a single Indian festival that Bollywood doesn’t have peppy numbers for. And when it comes to the elephant god, the list is the longest. These top 10 Ganapati numbers will add to your celebrations this festive season. Ganapati Bappa Morya!

Abira Dhar compiles a list of Bollywood songs that’ll get you grooving.

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