Category Archives: MISS INTERPRETATIONS

My religion is: What suits me

Religion

“What religion are you?” a man on the high street asks me, whilst holding a wad of leaflets promoting Islam.
“I don’t belong to any religion,” I reply.
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India needs to talk about sex

By Monica Sarkar

By Monica Sarkar

‘Eve teasing’. It’s such a cute, endearing term, isn’t it? Almost sounds like a child’s game, like ‘Hyde and Seek’ or ‘Kiss Chase’.

Well, it’s not. It’s a sugar-coated expression commonly used in India for the sexual harassment of women, invading their personal space as they walk down the street, and heckling, amongst other less pleasing but truthful terms.

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What is a football match like in India?

Believe it or not, India is not just a cricket-crazy nation; football has been played since the 19th century when British soldiers introduced the sport to the country. And according to marketing experts, football is India’s second most popular sport today – after cricket.

So what is a football match like in India? I went to a game in Kolkata, the founding city of the sport, where a revered footballer’s last match pulled in a crowd of 30,000. Here’s my review (click on image to enlarge):

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Earth’s obituary (if one day, it really does end)

Apocalypse

By Monica Sarkar

There isn’t another being that could have borne the stresses and strains of this celestial body. The phenomenal weight of over seven billion human beings and millions of species of animals, plants and algae, to be a bit more precise. Continue reading

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Never ask a child what they want to be when they grow up

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“Where has the year gone?!” exclaim many of us, as Christmas decorations twinkle at us from high street shop windows (okay, they’ve actually been there since August) and we start reflecting on 10 fleeting months.

But for many people, especially university and college students, this is just the beginning of the rest of their lives. Chances are, days upon days were spent scouring through books, deciding on the perfect subject of study, along with soul-searching as though they were lost at sea. Continue reading

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Dalai Lama at the University of Westminster, London

Photographed by Alexandra Buerger: http://alexbuerger.wordpress.com

There are many people who are able to draw and hold attention, but very few that can also command peace. The moment the jovial Dalai Lama stepped onto the modest stage at the University of Westminster in London, the entire audience sighed with joy and then silence fell on us all.

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RIP Robin Gibb: Artists that are listened to, instead of being heard

The Bee Gees with Michael Jackson (www.barrygibb.com)

There appears to be a steady stream of sudden deaths among legendary musicians over the past couple of years or so; Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Nate DoggEtta James, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and now, the ingenious Robin Gibb (RIP).  

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Who can really be social on social media?

Much is being said about the sky-high success of Facebook, which is worth more than $100 billion and used by 1/8th of the world’s population. Twitter also recently reached 10 million UK users.

But have you ever really thought about the people who make up the communities on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter?

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New Twitter campaign: India 4 the FIFA World Cup!

Tattered signboard at Mohun Bagan A.C. Club grounds, Kolkata

Indian football is played down

I am a British-born Indian – Bengali, to be precise – and I have grown up in the midst of one of the longest running football clashes in the world: Mohun Bagan A.C. vs East Bengal F.C.

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Who would you be with right now?

Sit in Peace, Trafalgar Square, 31 March 2012

If you could be with anyone, anywhere right this moment, who and where would you choose?

Maybe you would pick a celebrity you have always admired, or maybe the face of a loved one, past or present, springs to mind. After still reeling from the effects of the Sit in Peace mass meditation event in Trafalgar Square two weeks ago, I would choose to be in the presence of an enlightened master, anywhere.

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