Down in the Doldrums – Indian Football and Nowhere to Go

When we usually talk about employment issues, we’re normally referring to the financial markets, the banking sector and so on and so forth. So it might surprise a few that footballers too are finding jobs hard to come by. Unless you’re a football player in India, of course. Ours might be one of the few countries where you could be a star in your own right, but still not earn enough.

Saving Mes Aynak

Half an hour’s drive from Kabul lies a quaint, almost forgotten place which goes by the name of Mes Aynak, which translates to, ‘little mound of copper’. Mes Aynak though isn’t just a random spot on the map. This now isolated area has a rich history of 5,000 years and was an important trade route and centre for Buddhist culture and scholasticism.

Album Review: The Book of Souls

  Any Iron Maiden release is eagerly awaited by their throngs of fans world over and ‘The Book of Souls’ was no different.  Coming of the back of ‘The Final Frontier’ where Maiden explored a more conceptualised direction rather than a full blooded New Wave of British Heavy Metal path, ‘The Book of Souls’ was…

Metal Misunderstood

The Metal genre has been around for a little more than half a century and has received more flak and criticism from various quarters of the society.  Arguments against the music genre have been repeated over the years ranging from, ‘oh, they’re a bunch of talentless hacks’ to ‘goodness gracious, they’re devil worshippers!’ Let’s straighten…

Cherries on Top

by Kartik Ashta and Mohit Chawdhry   With the Barclays Premier League title decided weeks in advance, the real action in the league was seen at the foot of the table where Newcastle and Hull were involved in a fight to stay up and out of the dreaded relegation zone.  Newcastle, shockingly, defeated West Ham…

The Curious Case of Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard stepped onto the Anfield pitch for the last time day before.  Emotions ran high, as they always do when it comes to Liverpool and Steven Gerrard and even though Liverpool lost, Gerrard didn’t get onto the score sheet and the game was a disappointing one for Stevie G’s faithful, it takes nothing away…

D-ed Milib-End for Labour?

The United Kingdom went to vote last Thursday and results announced on Friday shocked most political observers in Britain and the world over.  The Conservatives, led by David Cameron, were the single largest party, reaching and crossing the magic figure of 326 all on their own without aid from their coalition partners, the Lib Dems…