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'Don't settle your wild, find someone who doesn't tame it'

'Don't settle your wild, find someone who doesn't tame it'

By Chayanika Joshi

Vinod Khanna, the original pin-up of Bollywood, is dead!

There shall be a thousand obits. I’ve already come across a few splendid tributes. Intense, macho, transcendental – he was an individual of many talents. Perhaps the most defining moment of his life was when he suddenly decided to bid adieu to the glamorous film industry in order to follow his guru Osho to America.

The year was 1982. Bollywood was stunned. How could a controversial Sanyasi pluck the reigning heartthrob out of tinsel town? The film magazines won’t stop babbling.

This was the equivalent of the finest gladiator leaving the arena, rather impulsively. In a first for the Bombay cine world, a leading star was quitting everything at the peak of his career: fame, money, stardom, queues of producers lined up, to seek his inner peace with a mentor he truly truly adored. Khanna called it his ultimate spiritual quest.

And just as he had snapped all his ties with everything dear, he decided to return years later: shaggy beard and long hair, prayer-bead made of blue olive berries around his neck, ever the debonair.

Last year I recall seeing that image in a magazine in Goa. It was powerful with ‘Back from the edge/Return of the prodigal' feel. Those in my generation (and thereafter) don’t have enough memory of Vinod Khanna except for the fact that he used to be the original hippie and ‘cool’ bloke, much before college students started throwing the term around.

To the non-conformist, freethinking flowerchild on our part of the planet, Godspeed.

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Rohingyas: Surge in births traumatic legacy of sexual violence

12 May 2018 | 1:07 PM

United Nations, May 12 (UNI) Late last year, as violent repression in Myanmar sent Rohingyas fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, women from the mainly Muslim minority were subjected to what a United Nations official called “a frenzy of sexual violence”.

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B'desh: Road accidents claim 40k lives in five years

B'desh: Road accidents claim 40k lives in five years

11 May 2018 | 6:19 PM

By Mir Afroz Zaman
Dhaka, May 11 (UNI) At least 40,000 people were killed and 600,000 others got crippled in road accidents across the Bangladesh over the last five years, Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) sources told UNI on Friday.

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Which countries burning midnight oil?

Which countries burning midnight oil?

09 May 2018 | 3:31 PM

Seoul, May 9 (UNI) South Korea is reducing its maximum working week from 68 hours to 52 hours in a bid to boost the country’s productivity and the number of children being born.

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Vector transmission of Chagas interrupted in 17 out of 21 countries in Americas

08 May 2018 | 5:34 PM

Washington, May 8 (UNI) With vector transmission of Chagas interrupted in 17 out of 21 affected countries in the Americas, and screening for the disease in blood banks universalised, the future of the fight against the disease must now focus on maintaining achievements and preventing congenital transmission.

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Public shaming helps stop city from running dry

08 May 2018 | 5:33 PM

Cape Town, May 8 (UNI) The city of Cape Town in South Africa may have staved off the worst of a water crisis thanks to 90-second showers, police enforcement and a strong dose of public shaming, an Euronews report said.

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