Wide Angle - Joel Indrupati

British, and the monarchy
Jun 23

British, and the monarchy

“Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.” Prince Harry of United Kingdom said this in an exclusive interview to a leading news...

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Of books, E-books and audio books
Jun 16

Of books, E-books and audio books

“Where do you read? And how? E-book? On a plane?” Bill Gates was asked this, by TIME magazine interviewers. “I keep thinking I...

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White House wedding
Jun 02

White House wedding

On this day, 131 years ago, there was a marriage in the White House, the official residence of the US President. About 40 people had gathered in the...

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Roger Moore - The Spy Who Fascinated Me
May 26

Roger Moore - The Spy Who Fascinated Me

What is common to Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig? Okay. That was easy. They are all...

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Diamonds: Of heart and blood
May 12

Diamonds: Of heart and blood

“7.7 million US dollar bid, for Sierra Leone 709-carat diamond, fails.” “Oklahoma woman finds 2.65-carat diamond at Arkansas...

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Quotes and misquotes
May 05

Quotes and misquotes

“Play it again, Sam”. Isn’t this the famous line from the film ‘Casablanca’? No. It’s not. Or that’s what...

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Nizam of Hyderabad: miserly or magnanimous?
Apr 28

Nizam of Hyderabad: miserly or magnanimous?

As my alma mater began its 100th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday, 26 April, I thought I should pay tribute to the man who founded it. The...

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Money in the Emails 
Apr 14

Money in the Emails 

I feel very important. Every time I receive an email from some princess of an African tribal king, or some widow of a Latin American dictator,...

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Is truth dead? and other questions
Apr 07

Is truth dead? and other questions

“Is Truth Dead?”, asks the cover of TIME magazine dated 3 April 2017. The story inside, however, does not deal with the philosophy of...

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Amazon - Souq.com : A timely takeover?
Mar 31

Amazon - Souq.com : A timely takeover?

It is “the biggest-ever technology M&A transaction in the Arab world” according to Goldman Sachs, the global investment-banking and...

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State secrets and the age of leaks
Mar 24

State secrets and the age of leaks

The secret is out!This is what newspapers, news-websites and social media tweets, boasted last week.They announced that when the 90 year old Queen...

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Speed, and the Man called Musk
Mar 18

Speed, and the Man called Musk

A couple of years ago, I had watched the movie ‘Total Recall’.It was the less-popular 2012 version, with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale...

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International Migration: Where Are We Going?
Mar 10

International Migration: Where Are We Going?

If you ask me, I would say that we were, we are, and we will always be migrants. Over the centuries, man has always sought food for himself and his...

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Oscars’ envelope gate
Mar 03

Oscars’ envelope gate

On March 1, the Rio Theatre in London pranked the viewers of the movie ‘Moonlight’. The theatre began playing ‘La La Land’...

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Ham Radio: For Kings and Commoners
Feb 24

Ham Radio: For Kings and Commoners

Somehow, I will always remember the clear booming voice of the late King Hussein of Jordan, which I first heard, on a ham radio receiver over 35...

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Hollywood  high-fliers
Feb 17

Hollywood high-fliers

On Monday, February 13, Harrison Ford, the Hollywood actor, was involved ‘in a near-miss’  at an airport in California, USA. The...

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Alternative facts and fake news
Feb 03

Alternative facts and fake news

“New Dove Antiperspirant increases your IQ by 40 points” “New Dove Antiperspirant was first used by Cleopatra”. “New...

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I Want Patience.  Right Now.
Jan 27

I Want Patience. Right Now.

“I want patience”. “And I want it now. Right now”! I heard a song that went something along those lines, when I was...

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