Ranjita Ganesan visits The Indus Club, which is not just another old boys' club. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Groucho Marx, the Hollywood comedian, quipped famously that he did not want to belong to any club that would have him as a member. The attitude appears vastly different among high-flyers today, especially in Mumbai where elite gymkhanas claim exorbitant fees and have long waiting periods for membership. It is likely this which encouraged Harish Thawani to recently build what ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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Ranjita Ganesan and Nikita Puri chronicle the journey of Abhishek Poddar, one of India's leading art patrons. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The model who has become fairy godmother to Indian artists How Nita Ambani became a patron of the arts His basic black shirt and dark blue jeans were designed to escape attention. Still, in the ritzy ballroom of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, many eyes followed Abhishek Poddar as he took a seat somewhere in the small crowd and routinely ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Alarming but true: Cosmetic surgery to get back at an ex is not uncommon. Ranjita Ganesan explores brutal beauty trends like "revenge surgery" and "vampire facial". IMAGE: Before a rhinoplasty. Among the cosmetic fixes sought by those in troubled relationships or those who have just broken up are tummy tucks, chin lifts and jawline shaping. Photograph: Caren Firouz/Rediff.com. Revenge surgery Of all the ways to get back at an ex, this one quite literally is the most ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Kung Fu Yoga has little to do with yoga, India or even a plausible plot line, says Ranjita GanesanBusiness Standard, 2 months ago
Bollywood needs to do more to shake off its nepotism tag, writes Ranjita GanesanBusiness Standard, 2 weeks ago
One of the most good-looking actors of Bollywood, Vinod Khanna is no more. We take a look at his life through his pictures over the years. 'My dear friend Vinod Khanna... will miss you' Vinod Khanna's star turn, over the years The actor who renounced success Photograph: Rahul Khanna/Instagram A rare picture of a very young Vinod Khanna. Born in 1946, Khanna joined the film industry in 1968. He was 22 years old then. Photograph: Rahul Khanna/Instagram The dashing Vinod ...Rediff.com, 1 day ago
Following the Supreme Court ruling against liquor being sold within 500 metres of state and national highways, the infamous Indian jugaad is in play once again. Veenu Sandhu, Nikita Puri, Ranjita Ganesan & Avishek Rakshit find out how India is coping. The man who fought against liquor shops on highways Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com On March 31, guests staying at a five-star in Gurugram were taken by surprise when the hotel staff came frantically knocking on their doors. After a ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Maharashtra has a rich wealth of forts, more than any other state in the country.'If nothing is done, some of the small forts may simply disappear in the next 50 years.'Ranjita Ganesan reports on how a unique heritage can be preserved for future generations. Photograph: Kind courtesy Vineet Menon/Wikimedia Commons Men of all ages are roaming the ruins of what used to be the durbar hall in Raigad Fort, the erstwhile capital of the Maratha empire. Most sport saffron kurtas or turbans, beaded ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'They can't be tampered with because of the very nature of the machines -- they are standalone, and not networked.''Also, they can't be rigged because of the kind of custodial security they are subjected to during the election process.' After electoral losses in recent assembly elections, leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Aam Aadmi Party have alleged that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tampered with. They also called for a return to the system of voting with ballot papers. The ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
"A Meryl Streep or Jimmy Kimmel can speak their mind, and stay assured that they won't be harmed." "That does not happen in India. Goons can land up anywhere unannounced. The rampant online abuse and bullying is not for the faint-hearted," say Manavi Kapur & Ranjita Ganesan. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com On January 8, at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep, while accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, lambasted President Donald Trump for using his powerful ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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