Ankita Rajeshwari (for Info only, not official)

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Ankita Rajeshwari

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    ...It’s a movie about four women: a wife, a daughter, a girlfriend and an elderly woman and their constant quest with the outside world that would just not accept them as sexual beings. For me, that was too much for the Indian audience to digest. And sadly, they could not prove me wrong. While I was watching the movie in a theatre in the NCR, the reactions from the audience were loud enough to make anyone get an idea of how accepting we are when it comes to women indulging in their ‘guilty pleasures’. The character of ‘Buaji’ played by Ratna Pathak Shah and the unfiltered, almost reflexive, responses it evoked in the pitch dark movie theatre were more telling of our biases than anything else. Buaji is a 55-year-old widowed woman, struggling with her loneliness and is sexually attracted towards a young boy. While the sexual experiences of the other three characters were rather well received by the audience, the same wasn’t true for Buaji. ...

    TOI on July 29, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

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    ...When a woman becomes a mother, she loses a large part of all her other identities. Sad, but mostly true in a country like India where a man remains pretty much the same all his life, a man that he is. A mother’s life revolves much more around her offspring than herself. And we, the children, hardly realise this fact. In a very unassuming manner, we too cease to look at her as a woman. For us, she is our mother. 24*7. This Mother’s Day, I hope to drive home this point and urge all of you out there to pause and analyse if how we perceive them is fair. A lot of us have mothers who are working professionals, spending 8-10 hours at the workplace as an employee. At the end of the day, she comes back home only to fulfill the duties of other roles, that of a mother and a wife. And somewhere between all this juggling, the core of her identity, her womanhood, takes a backseat. ...

    TOI on May 14, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

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    ...And what followed was serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs, cash-strapped citizens and utter chaos. While a large number of people supported this “financial surgical strike” by PM Modi, there were others who could not overlook the suffering of the common man. But amidst all of this, a small segment of the population, those working in private and government banks, were seemingly forgotten. Humans of Bombay, on Wednesday, posted a story of a banker in Mumbai, and her ordeal following the demonetisation. She narrates her harrowing experience in the past several days in which bank customers have yelled at her, cursed her, threatened her for not doing enough. “Just 4 hours ago I received a call from a man from a place called Nanded who screamed at me non-stop. He went on yelling, blaming me, cursing in Marathi and I’m sitting there just wondering what I could possibly do and we’ve received dozens of such calls each day. Not just that, but the threats have also come”. ...

    TOI on Nov. 16, 2016, 11:36 p.m.

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    ...A YouTube video, that has gone viral on social media, shows the new note being put through various tests to see how it fares. And it fares well. The man puts the note under running water, crumples and crushes it. And it withstands it all. The new Rs 2,000 note is certainly a survivor. ...

    TOI on Nov. 14, 2016, 7:41 p.m.

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    ...The surprise announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday created panic among many. The move, which is aimed at curbing black money, caused discomfort to the common people today, as these higher-denominations have been demonetized and there’s nothing much we can do about our empty pockets right now. Amid such uncertainty and confusion, a Delhiite Viplav Arora booked an Ola cab on Wednesday, with a Rs 500 note which is now as good as toilet paper. Though he had OlaMoney in his online wallet, it fell short at the end of the journey. When the driver asked for the remainder, Viplav had nothing to give. The Rs 500 note was, well, no money at all. The driver, Vipin Kumar, then said something that won Viplav’s heart and is now winning the internet as well. “Sir baaki k paise rehne dijiye , do paise kam kama lenge ,thodi si takleef hogi or vo to sab ko ho rhi hai, ab sarkaar ke faisley ka samaan krte hue , desh ki tarakki me ye hamara yogdaan hi samjh lenge. ...

    TOI on Nov. 9, 2016, 11:23 p.m.

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    ...A few weeks ago, several reports claimed that the Reserve Bank of India will soon be issuing Rs 2,000 currency notes. However, there is no official diktat as of now from the RBI regarding the same. Therefore, whether these images circulating on the social media platform are authentic or not, cannot be ascertained. Twitterati, nevertheless, is rather enthusiastic about the high-value new pink-and-white notes. New 2000 Rupees notes, will be available in a fortnight’s time Aur yaha 1000 ka note jeb mein aye arsa ho gaya pic.twitter.com/JJaWog4cFI — Mohit Gulati (@desimojito) November 5, 2016 #RBI launched ? 2000 new note ?????? ?? ???? ????? pic.twitter.com/cQREVQiyeU — Tweet Queeen ?? (@TweetQueeen) November 6, 2016 1 st in india ₹ 2000, New Note Relise By Reserve Bank of India pic.twitter.com/AmoHYmfKEJ — Sai Harsha AAdhf (@allusaiharsha) November 5, 2016 Currently, the highest denomination under circulation is Rs 1,000. ...

    TOI on Nov. 6, 2016, 9:15 p.m.

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    ...With a humble smile on his face, he cooks humongous quantities of South Indian dishes with a certain panache that is endearing. The latest video shows him cooking egg curry with 300 eggs and he makes it look like a child’s play! There is no kitchen, no gas stove, no non-stick pan. He can be seen sitting in the open, using a hand-made brick stove and natural fuel. What a treat to the eyes! However, understanding his tricks and method of cooking can be a bit difficult for those who do not know the language. But we hope watching him while he goes about his business will suffice. ...

    TOI on Nov. 6, 2016, 4:57 p.m.

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    ...We have all read numerous stories about Union ministers like Sushma Swaraj and Suresh Prabhu and their kind gestures towards citizens seeking help. And now, another act of kindness by our Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, has surfaced on Twitter. According to a Twitter user Shreya Pradip, who hails from Ranchi, the minister gave up his seat to her and her ailing mother so they could reach their destination comfortably. Her mother, suffering from a leg fracture, cannot walk currently, and needed extra leg-space in the flight. They were given XL seats on an IndiGo flight from Bengaluru to Ranchi. However, during a mid-flight halt at Kolkata, they realized that the seats given to them belonged to the minister and his wife. Instead of asking the mother-daughter duo to give up the seats, the minister insisted that they continue their flight in the same seats. He then took another seat with his wife. Grateful for his kind gesture, Shreya took to Twiiter to thank the minister for his generosity. ...

    TOI on Nov. 6, 2016, 9:48 a.m.