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Ramayan

Game of Thrones holds viewership records, but Ramayan could cause ‘curfews’ in India

In the post-Matrix world, it will be tough to go back to the slow-moving arrows of old Ramayan, especially when newer shows have been our experience to TV mythology.
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In coronavirus lockdown, add the arts to essential services list

Be it our return to the arts or our reliance on the people who do the jobs we don't want, Covid-19 is making us re-examine our views on these important realities.
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Potted plants, sofas —the ‘jugaad’ dumbbells for fitness freaks during coronavirus lockdown

Social media is flooded with videos of celebrities and Instagram influencers exercising in their homes during coronavirus quarantine.
Representional image | A passenger wearing a protective mask in the Universidad de Chile subway station prior to a quarantine order in Santiago | Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

Coronavirus pandemic is our Harry Potter moment — an event that changes life forever

As Thomas Friedman said, coronavirus has put us at the cusp of a historical divide. There’s BC, before coronavirus, and AC, after coronavirus, from here on.
Kartik Aaryan | @TheAaryanKartik | Twitter

In quarantine, Bollywood is trying to give a cool tag to household chores. I say not cool

Coronavirus, which has serious implications for the poor, is just another opportunity for Bollywood stars to make inane videos and keep their fans hooked.
Passengers use smartphones at Mumbai Central railway station | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi’s demonetisation will be of use during the coronavirus lockdown

Modi govt's overnight, ill-conceived, egotistic decision that left lakhs of people jobless and paralysed India’s informal economy 3 yrs ago may just give some returns.

Dear Indians, attacking northeastern people shows your ignorance. Not resolve to fight Covid

By being prejudiced towards people because of how they look and where they come from, you are not just being a racist, but also a xenophobe and a bigot.
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Online classrooms during Covid-19 mean students should demand fee discounts

Classroom spaces are conducive to interaction, force students to engage and promote peer learning but all that has stopped due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Woman from Manipur was spat on by a man | Twitter

‘Corona’ is not just a virus. Indians are using it as a slur against people from northeast

Several people from northeast India are facing racial attacks. A woman from Manipur was spat on and called 'corona' by a man in Delhi.
Google, the world's largest Internet-search company, is making a bigger push into entertainment services, adding music storage and movie-rental features to its Android software for phones and tablets

Quarantined and alone due to corona, I never felt more connected with my friends and family

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning out to be a reset button, with the virtual world of Google Hangouts, Zoom and Skype connecting people forced into keeping a distance.

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Ramayan

Game of Thrones holds viewership records, but Ramayan could cause ‘curfews’ in India

In the post-Matrix world, it will be tough to go back to the slow-moving arrows of old Ramayan, especially when newer shows have been our experience to TV mythology.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

File image of medical staff at isolation ward where 3 patients were admitted for suspected coronavirus infection, in New Delhi | ANI

Army doctor and JCO test positive for Covid-19, both had travelled to Delhi separately

The latest cases have come over 10 days after an Army jawan in Leh tested positive for Covid-19 to become the first its victim in the 13-lakh strong force.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.