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    Dating Apps Are Now a Network to Score Drugs, Organise Protests and Even Get Jobs

    Earlier this year in January, Samarth Bhalla, a 24-year-old marketing professional from New Delhi, had barely landed in Goa for a month-long staycation when he got into an unexpected motorbike accident. His knees got scraped, while his friend who was riding the bike needed to get stitches on his chin. Since Bhalla was new in town, he wasn't sure what to do or...

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    India Gives Its Cows Special Powers but as a Dalit, Beef Is Part of My Culture

    On most lazy afternoons, my kitchen is filled with the aroma of simmering Pappucharu (a South Indian lentil soup), and Atti Tunakalu (sun-dried beef) pieces being pan-fried in some oil, seasoned with chilli powder and salt. I pour the Pappucharu onto piping hot rice, with chunks of Atti Tunakalu by the side. I bite into those luscious portions alongside slurping down...

    • 2 days ago
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    Thousands of Indians Continue To Believe Conspiracies Around a Bollywood Actor's Death

    Prashant Kumar says he was horrified when he first heard that his favourite Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput had been found dead at his residence in Mumbai last June. In the days after, Kumar, who hails from the late actor's hometown, started a Facebook group dedicated to the pursuit of justice for Singh Rajput, popularly known as SSR. Because like...

    • 6 days ago
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    Is Covid Erotica Hot? We Read Some to Find Out.

    Whenever a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime (fingers crossed), earth-shattering event occurs, what do humans do? Well, apart from emptying stores of toilet paper because coddling their anus will somehow truly save them, they seem to turn towards X-rated content-be it making loads of it, watching loads of it, listening to loads of it, or even writing loads of it. Entertainment VICE Staffers on...

    • 6 days ago
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    In Photos: The Lives of People Forced to Clean Human Faeces in India

    Just before our scheduled interview, the photographer behind this series, M Palani Kumar, called to postpone. "Three more deaths in [the southern Indian state of] Tamil Nadu," he wrote via a text message. "I'm documenting them now. Can we speak tomorrow?" Kumar, 29, is a photographer and cinematographer in Tamil Nadu. The deaths he was referring to were...

    • a week ago
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    I Did Not Want To Be 'Given Away' at My Wedding. These Priestesses Came To My Rescue.

    My mother had told me repeatedly from an early age, "You are not property to be given away." My mother married at 19 and moved to the Indian city of Kolkata from her ancestral home in Hooghly, a city about an hour away from the capital of West Bengal. Their wedding album is gorgeous-my mother in a stunning red Benarasi saree with intricately-patterned...

    • a week ago
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    A Judge's Verdict on Sexual Assault Made Me Question My Own Experience

    CW: This article includes descriptions of sexual assault. I was 12 when I had my first experience of physical sexual assault. As I was walking home with my siblings, a man, probably in his 60s, stopped his scooter by my side and said something that sounded vaguely like a nearby location. As I leaned in to confirm if he needed directions, he mumbled something in the local...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    You're Probably Using the Arabic Phrase 'InshAllah' All Wrong

    In the technicolour world of the Malaysian Islamic cartoon, Omar and Hana , a familiar scene unfolds: A child asks for something, and the well-intentioned parents respond with "InshAllah (God willing)". Then, they burst into song, "When you promise someone something, you should always say InshAllah. We may plan our lives but really Allah decides so let us say...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    What It's Like to Be Young and Opinionated in Today's India

    In times rife with political uncertainty, you always have two options: to use your voice and stand up for what you believe in, or stay silent. In a democracy, the former should be a no-brainer. The right to free speech and expression safeguards citizens' right to express their opinions and beliefs in any manner they deem fit. With the rise of social media, sharing your opinions...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    I Finally Decided to Stop Pretending My Queer Partner Was My 'Roommate'

    House hunting is a pain in the ass anywhere in the world. But that's especially true for exorbitant, big cities like Mumbai, where underwhelming apartments come with overwhelming rents and deposits. And if you're queer, non-Brahmin (upper caste), and/or unmarried, that's an added bonus for an immediate rejection of your "profile". Furthermore, if you...

    • 2 weeks ago

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