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Will Nostalgia Be Able To Beat Lockdown Blues?
Considering the ‘new normal’ that the world has been enduring for a few months in the shadow of a global pandemic, the need for nostalgia has increased manifold. The desire to see things the way they once were has seen people rediscover films and tel
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What Makes The Bollywood Title Song Eternal
Songs you hear while growing up stay loyal to you forever. One such song, which I heard when I was nine years old, was Love in Tokyo from the film of the same name (1966). The song was a feel-good, bubbly, and energetic song. But the icing on the cak
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How Covid-19 Is Hurting MSME Bottomlines
The contraction in the Indian economy this fiscal – wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic – will significantly hurt micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across sectors, with their revenue expected to fall between 17-21 per cent, while Ebitda margin
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The Pitfalls Of Seeking A Quick Coronavirus Cure
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented response from the global scientific community. Since the virus is novel, the search for possible treatment and development of vaccines are top priorities of scientific groups and pharmaceutical compan
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Axone: A Feast For The Senses From The Northeast
A young group of friends converge in an apartment in Humayunpur, Delhi. Their mission is to prepare a feast using a special Naga ingredient, axone, a fermented soya bean paste. Its pungent odour puts off many. So begins a comedy of errors to find a p
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Are We Heading Towards Deglobalisation Post Covid-19?
The Covid-19 pandemic is the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In fact, it is far worse than that because it is both — a health and economic crisis — which has become truly global. The pandemic is yet not over and uncertainty loom
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IIP May Witness The Lockdown Effect
After a record fall in the index of industrial production (IIP) by 16.7 per cent year-on-year in March 2020, the IIP for April is bound to fall a lot more drastically, says Care Ratings. India’s nationwide lockdown lasted throughout April 2020 and ha
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Why Our MSMEs Have Very Few Options Left To Survive
A very recent survey by All India Manufacturers’ Organisation revealed that more than one-third of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be pulling down their shutters as a result of the present economic trough. This phenomenon prevail
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The Colour Of Film Nostalgia
Be it the purists or cinephiles, watching any film in the way the filmmaker intended the viewer to experience is always a greater joy. It’s hardly surprising then that watching a colourised clip of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955) that has been
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Why India Needs To Finance Its Maritime Sector To Emerge As A World Leader
For the last 5,000 years, shipping has been at the forefront of the world economy, transporting goods and people across the seven continents. Over 80 per cent of the global merchandise trade and 90 per cent of India’s international cargo volume are t
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Make In India Vs Made In China: Who Outweighs The Other?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a clarion call to Make in India. Sonam Wangchuk had added a clamour of ‘boycott everything Chinese’ to muffle the demand of Made in China. To begin with, popular satirist Saloni Gaur has decided to deprive TikT
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Engelbert Humperdinck: How A Shy Madras Boy Became Pop Heart-throb
In the late 19th century, when German composer Engelbert Humperdinck wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel based on the well-known German fairy tale published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales, he wouldn’t have known that seven decades after the opera premiered, a
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Why India Has To Plan A Marathon And Not A Sprint In Attracting Global Supply Chains
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the global economy at an unprecedented scale and speed. Essential preventive measures led to the shutdown of offices, the stoppage of factory outputs, and disruption to global industries and their supply networks. Major
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What The Future Of Cinema Halls Looks Like
In what could be termed as the biggest Direct-to-Home movie acquisition by an online streaming platform, the upcoming Shoojit Sircar film Gulabo Sitabo being available in 200 countries worldwide on June 12 has ensured things will never be the same. T
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The Rise Of Hyper-automation, And Its Implications
One of the hottest trends in enterprise software over the past few years has been Robotic Process Automation (RPA). In layperson’s terms, RPA is simply the ability of a computer program to carry out repetitious tasks following a set of rules. RPA’s m
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How Finance Minister Gave Liquidity Lifeline For The Economy But Not The Structural Reforms India Needs
It takes a crisis to trigger economic reforms in India. After six years of status quoist policies by the Narendra Modi government, the economic and social devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic has ignited a reformist impulse. Finance Minister
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How Growth And Equity Get A Boost In Finance Minister's Economic Stimulus Package
While Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first tranche of announcements of the fiscal stimulus for economic recovery on Wednesday has been subjected to both criticism and accolade, PM Modi’s vision with the allocation of Rs 20 lakh crore needs a b
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Why There Cannot Be Another Talat Mahmood
Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet Jinhein Hum Dard Ke Sur Mein Gaate Hain. Dev Anand sang this song on screen in Patita (1953). His playback singer was Talat Mahmood. Talat could well have been singing about most of his own songs. His voice has been various
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Time For Economic Recovery To Begin
The nationwide lockdown has been extended again to contain the spread of coronavirus and break the transmission chain, thus making India the only country in the world to impose such a long lockdown covering the entire country. Now the total tenure of
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Covid-19 Impact: How Safe Is Your Job?
Jobs are always the central issue in any economy. Elections are won and lost on unemployment figures. After all, they are about human beings. People have to earn money from jobs for the goods or services they first produce and then consume, which mak
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Clear Picture Of Negative Crude Oil Price
Neither David Ricardo nor Harold Hotelling would have dreamt of a world where the negative price of an exhaustible resource can prevail. Yet, it has already happened! On April 20, a sudden 300% plunge in WTI led to the negative price of minus $37.63
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Covid-19: Will Hindi Cinema's Disaster Genre Now Come Of Age?
While popular Hindi films often ‘remade’ Hollywood films with aplomb across genres, the one genre that rarely enjoyed acceptability was the disaster genre. It’s not like folks in India did not enjoy the typical larger-than-life disaster spectacle fro
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India’s Monetary Policy: The Dynamics And The New Normal In Times Of Coronavirus
The dynamics of India’s monetary policy and reforms in the financial sector for the years between 1990 and 2013 are well chronicled and debated. Until 2013, Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) monetary policy approach was more of a multiple indicators appr
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Post-coronavirus, How India Can Bounce Back
“It’s the economy, stupid," Bill Clinton famously declared during his 1992 Presidential campaign. He won, the US economy boomed, sputtered a bit, then boomed again and Clinton won a second term in 1996. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid full heed
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Exit Strategy: How To Make It Work
As the deadly coronavirus rages across the world, it has put many facets of a country to test, its medical infrastructure, its economy, its social security net, the discipline of its people and the nature of its polity. Most importantly, it has teste
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How A Changing Global Order Will Emerge In The Post-Covid World
The debate on an emerging new global economic order had been floating since China announced its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seven years ago. With BRI being a global development strategy involving infrastructure development and investments in nearl
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Opportunities From Covid-19: Re-imagining The Benefits Management System In Digital India
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had said in 1985 that only 17 per cent of the money meant for beneficiaries of government schemes actually reached them. Times have changed, and changed dramatically since then. A silent revolution has happened over
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Covid-19: Why Indian Economy Needs A Comprehensive-complementary Plan To Recover
Two weeks have passed since PM Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. With less than a week to go for the lockdown to end, a few state governments have decided to extend it. It seems clear that the three-week lockdown was lacking adequate prepa
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Why Poor Copies Of Great Originals Rankle
In days such as these where the entire world is in a lockdown mode, films fans and aficionados turn to old favourites for a comforting feeling. The familiarity of the images and sounds brings to minds memories of another day when the world was not be
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Hard Road To Recovery: What The Modi Govt Must Do To Put Corona-hit India Back In Business
As India enters the third week of the unprecedented lockdown to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, the big question weighing on everyone’s mind is whether it will be extended or lifted or strategically eased. This is the most difficult decision fo
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