Girl Rising, airing on Raksha Bandhan, receives full support from PM Modi, Maneka Gandhi

This Raksha Bandhan, what do superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Freida Pinto, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen and Parineeti Chopra have in common? They’ve come together to urge television viewers across India’s leading Hindi GEC, Star Plus, to celebrate women’s empowerment through education. For which leading Hindi GEC Star Plus…

Of pride, decency, values, and ‘Old Farts’

This is so true. Received it as a forward from a dear friend, Sarosh Aibara,  so it isn’t an original piece of  writing,  but it is,  as I said,  very true. ‘Old fart’  is a derisive,  dismissive descriptor.  But actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called an Old Fart, as you will see.…

Of prejudice, and a great radio show: U P Ki Kahaniyaan

Some time back, I had tweeted without thought. Without pondering. Just on the basis of a 30-second radio spot, I decided that I wouldn’t like the show it was promoting, I wrote that the presenter and his show deserved to be pushed to the graveyard shift where it would help insomniacs, etc, and that the show was a 15-minute speedbreaker in the station’s drive prime.

Great BBC feature concept: Giving up music for Lent

A truly unique concept for a feature,  this — giving up music for Lent.  That’s what Professor of Acoustic Engineering,  Trevor Cox,  at the University of Salford, decided he would do.  Giving up music for Lent will be broadcast at 1600 GMT on 16 March on BBC Radio 4. Meanwhile,  here’s what the excellent professor…

#Facebook changes removal rules; shares more info on banned elements

Facebook is providing the public with more information about what material is banned on the social network,  Leo Kelion, BBC News’ Technology desk Editor,  has written in a detailed story. He reports that Facebook’s revamped community standards now include a separate section on “dangerous organisations” and give more details about what types of nudity it…

(Humour) Tough guy!

The thing about jokes is,  well,  they catch you unawares,  of course. This one did so completely 🙂  Enjoy this forward I received. Dear Ma and Pa,  I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them To join…