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5 reasons I gave up the idea of buying a flat in Noida

I was very much interested in buying a flat in Noida, as I am paying a rent of about 19000 per month. A few thousands more and it can make EMI of a flat. Instead of an expense, it will become an investment and I will get tax breaks and appreciation in the property value too.

Having bought a flat earlier in Pune, I thought I knew this game. But what I came across surprised me and turned me off the whole idea of buying a property in Noida.

Not only the city is not as good as Pune, buying the property here is a whole different ball game here.

1) You do not talk to the builder - you cannot - you talk to the underwriter You lowly investor who wants to buy does not get to talk to the builders of the NCR. They are bigshots - these days they are not at their highest net-worth but they are bigshots nevertheless. So you instead talk to the Underwriters. No, they are not agents, they are underwriters... the reason the name underwriter sounds like undertaker is because dealing with an underwrite…

3 reasons why Haider flopped despite deriving from Shakespeare

"In 2008, 24 young Pakistani nationals were killed in (fake?) encounters Mumbai by trigger happy Indian police, violent Commandos, and later one hanged by the Indians" - is this statement true. Of course it is.  It's an alternative story of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Just like Haider is an alternative take on the Kashmir of 90s. 

The movie has irked many; though others are hailing it as a piece of art. The much awaited Haider has been running for 3 days now and the initial reports suggest that it's not a good news for Vishal Bhardwaj. There has been blatant misuse of the Martand Sun Temple in the song Bismil Bismil. They replaced the diety with the towering black-clad demon. Pure sheikhularism.

And then social media was abuzz with the reports that the movie shows Army in the poor light and glorifies the terrorists. On Oct 2nd itself, #BoycottHaider was trending on social media. With prominent personalities, such as Francois Gautier calling for the nationalists to stay t…

Let's thank the people who got us freedom: No, Gandhi and Nehru had nothing to do with it

Happy independence day!

We have largely four parties to thank for our freedom. First of all, the British. contrary to what we think, they made our freedom possible. Our Nehruvian education has done excellent work in deluding us that freedom was gotten "Bina Khadag Bina Dhal." The reality is very different though.

This article present an alternate perspective on our bondage of hundreds of years, our freedom, what made it possible, and what could have been.
What we were taught in schools
Our Nehruvian education tells us: "August 15 is the day we got our independence from the British due to the bina-khadag-bina-dhal non violent movement of Mahatma Gandhiji after a 200-year bondage. If the British had not enslaved and impoverished us, we would have been a rich nation and among top countries in the world."

But through a lot of reading and thinking, I have discovered that British one of the very factors that made our freedom possible.

Confused? Allow me to explain:

We w…

Cats sing - together ... nothing like you've seen before

Sunday morning, I was greeted not just the birdies singing in garden... but two cats singing in unison.

And I took one more video - while the cats continue to sing the notes same as each other.

Ever seen anything like this before? If yes, please share your experience. If you can enlighten me about what is happening here, I'll be glad.