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I first met Prabuddha Dasgupta in the mid 90s. And I have never met anyone like him since then. He was one of the most impressive personalities that I have met in my life. His close cut hair (often he kept it long as well), the way he spoke, the way he rolled his own cigarettes, his general air of casual attitude combined with his rather warm, yet strong demeanour was striking enough to make him stand out in a crowd.

The perfectionist: Prabuddha Dasgupta

After a few interactions I have decided that he resembled Harrison Ford. For the last decade or so, I started addressing him as Indiana Jones or as Harrison Ford and he would always smile and say, “I take that as a compliment!” When I met him again recently, he said jokingly, “I am converting myself into Al Pacino now…”

He gave me one of his best interviews while I was working with my earlier publication. He spoke about his entire life… both personal and professional while sitting at his Nizamuddin East house. It took him some time to open up… but after a few cups of tea and few smokes, he was ready to talk… and he talked.

Lakshmi Menon on Marie Claire May cover

And the joke did not end there. About a couple of months back, my wife Neena who edits Marie Claire magazine told me she was off to Goa to shoot for her cover. She told me Prabuddha was shooting. So, when she took off from Delhi, I sent a text message to Prabuddha saying, “I heard you are going to meet my wife Neena in Goa?” After some time I got a call from him. “Yeah I am meeting her… in fact all of them are waiting for me and I am just finishing my hair cut… let me hurry,” he laughed.

Prabuddha Dasgupta asked the Goan football team to play for an hour in the sweltering heat for the perfect shot.

Later, Neena told me how much of a perfectionist he was while shooting. She told me Prabuddha used the Goan football team along with his muse Lakshmi Menon for the shoot and he wanted the team to be panting and sweating like sportsmen after a game. Instead of spraying water and making them look sweating, he asked them to play for an hour in the sweltering heat around two in the afternoon… and shot the images… no fancy gadgets, no poloroids… everything was in his mind…Prabuddha just shot as he saw…

But then, that’s what he was, all his life. He did what he felt was best and it always worked for him. He was reticent yet fearless, perfectionist yet polite and of course epitome of success, yet feet always on the ground…

I will always miss him as a friend and a fine professional.

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  • Anonymous

    The real reason Sujata doesn’t like Mamta is because she refuses to lick feet of SoniaG, a requirement for any politicians to be views favorably by paid media.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    I dont find VVS case to be curious at all – its what happens when one goes on playing greedily without yielding place to the new. If he has any grace left, he should announce his retirement from 20-20, 50-50 and the tests. May be he would join the up and coming new format of the future – the 10-10s !

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  • Debdeep

    VVS is being given the Sourav Ganguly treatment, which I find is ironic to the core, as this man has been the ‘Hero’ behind the rise of ‘Team India’ from 2001 onwards. The reasons lie purely with the cricketing cabal that keeps on deifying a Marathi under-achiever, and a non-cricketing cabal that sees no money-milking potential from a hardworking straight-talker. Maybe VVS should go back to Ranjis, score a few double/triple centuries, and the board members would come grovelling back.

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  • Guest

    In Maharashtra, which is the sole foundation of his power, despite the claims to the NCP being a national party, two things must trouble Sharad Pawar. One, Ajit Pawar undermining his supremacy and the handover to daughter Supriya. Second, the clear eyed recognition that the way the state is now being run, the coalition will not have the momentum to overcome the anti incumbency built up over three terms in office. The latter should bother the Congress high command as well.

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  • engrich

    all budhdhist temple in india were destroyed by brhmns.brhmns were taking help of rulers to finish budhhdists and jainese in india,now they are doing same with muslims.hate is ur duty and lie staple food.all glittering temples were built during muslim rule.

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    kanishka Reply:

    Hey Taqiyyebaaz, stop spreading lies and twisting the history.

    In 1193, the Nalanda University located in Eastern India was sacked by an Islamic fanatic Bakhtiyar Khilji; this event is seen by scholars as a late milestone in the decline of Buddhism in India. Khilji is said to have asked if there was a copy of the Koran at Nalanda before he sacked it in fire.

    “The Persian historian Minhaj-i-Siraj, in his chronicle the Tabaquat-I-Nasiri, reported that thousands of monks were burned alive and thousands beheaded later as Khilji tried his best to uproot Buddhism and plant Islam by the sword in that part of India; the burning of the library continued for several months and the “smoke from the burning manuscripts hung for days like a dark pall over the low hills.”

    Do you want me to write about Takhshila (Taxila), the second seat of Buddhism and the oldest university of the universe, now in Pakistan?

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    ehgrich Reply:

    In 1193, the Nalanda University located in Eastern India was sacked by an Islamic fanatic Bakhtiyar Khilj

    now brhmns are using state machinary to kill muslims those days they were using state power to finish budhdhists.ayodhya prayag kashi were all built by budhdhist.after their defeat they were converted into vedic teples.nalanda was very dangerous for vedics as budhdhism teaches equality.which is nemesis of hinduism.
    u people are expert liars and twist the history.vedic temples of those days are still standing in nalanda.brhmns were the chief advisors of muslim rulers.they were the mind of state.

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    ehgrich Reply:

    that thousands of monks were burned alive

    burning alive is hindu art of killing people.before arrival of muslims in india also brhmns physically liqyidated budhdhists in same manner.nalanda operation was taken at behest of brhmn advisors of ruler.TELL ME ANYWHERE BRHMNS CONDEMNED THIS ACTION.
    PLS GIVE ME THE NAME OF ONE UNIVERSITY,ROAD OR HOSPITAL BUILT BY VEDICS DURING THEIR 3000 YEAR RULE..
    ADMI KO JAHIL RAKHTE THE AUR BHAGWAN BECHTE THE.
    VEDIC PERIOD IS THE DARKEST PERIOD OF INDIAN HISTORY.

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    Sha Reply:

    Burning alive is forbidden in Islam. If someone did that then he was not Muslim but a Hindu by Muslim name. So again u burned Nalanda not Muslims.

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    Roy Reply:

    @ sha.. few days ago a person was burnt alive in Pakistan as fanatic mass thought he has burnt Quran.

    Muhammad Reply:

    These are Mdrsaaha propaganda.Please provide the list of the Budhhist temples that are destroyed by the Hindus, if you can’t then you will see….as Muslim you are doing your job is to practice”Taqiyya”, How pathetic a religion permitting it’s followers to lie. And is that the Budhiist told the Mugals to take the revenge on Hindus ? You people are shameless liars. Don’t worry whole world’ thanks to U-tubes, facebook, twitter etc’ unveiling the true face of Islam and it’s lies. Be iby Gerrald wilders, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or the movie “innocence of Muslim”‘ Islam is going to be thrown in to the history of garbage with all it’s barbarity against the humanity and it’s lies.

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    Sha Reply:

    According to the John Ankerberg show, 68,000 people accept Islam every 24 hours. Fastest growing religion in the world.

    “(Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods) and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.”

    [Bhagavad Gita 7:20]

    Read ur own Gita and demolish ur own temples of Demigods.

    Stupid brainwashed people. U have no right to be called Hindu. Muslims practice Sanatan Dharma. U don’t Muslims r true Arya Dherme. Read Bhavishya Purana it clearly mentions that Muslims will establish Sanatan Dherma. U r Asuras creating mischif in the land. Just look at ur selves drinking alcohol and raping women. Is that Arya Dherma?Raksha!

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    Hindu Athiest Reply:

    Muslims are really innocent…they wont rape ..they wont steal…they wont lie…what a joke…their religion teaches them to deceit non believers..its a virus ..future looks dark…if we dont act now..Atleast hinduism dont teach to kill,cheat non believers…

  • engrich

    india should run under sharia as justice under sharia is deterent instant cheap and examplary

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  • kanishka

    Zia, you forgot to mention one of the basic requirement of the Saria;

    TESTIMONY OF FOUR (4) EYE-WITNESSES who actually saw the rape by their own eyes.

    Four eye witness for the rape and that too males; in case of females, Saria requires 8 eye-witnesses as famale testimony is given half weightage only compared to that of a male.

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    engrich Reply:

    now medical certificate is accepted.time has changed.

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    kanishka Reply:

    Taqqiyebaz,

    You mean a rapist would submit a medical certificate issued by Hakimji that he was sick to the stomach and not at the scene?

    Any quote from Saria?

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    Faulitics Reply:

    You are not a “true Muslim” then. Mohammad’s laws are timeless.

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  • engrich

    We Hindus are civiled society and it has benn proved through our contribution to civilisation

    under vedic rule doors of education were closed to non brhmns and women.even ur god of knowledge swarasti is illetrate.u people are expert liars.
    muslims will kick u bstrd out of indian political scene soon.

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    momn doter Reply:

    You may be a muslim, but you definitely are not Indian. Hi ****.

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  • engrich

    Muslims are barbarians and can not be ever come back to power
    muslim made india.tell me any of your achievent.

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    kanishka Reply:

    Muslims unmade India. Nehru remade India in 1947.

    Tell me which Islamic country is considered a civilized nation?

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  • engrich

    The rapist will be tried under provisions of laws and punished properly.
    he will be given bail 2000 gurantee.

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  • ehgrich

    modi is criminal.he will pay for his deed.india is country of idiots semi literates can survive only here.

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    kanishka Reply:

    ….and you Taqqiyebaz, are lucky to survive in India.

    There is something called the Supreme Court of India which have declared there is no evidence against Modi in 2002 Communal riots instigated by Muslims by burning 58 Hindus in a train near Godhra.

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    engrich Reply:

    first major riot was instigated by rss in ahmadabad 1969.since then they have repeated this performance 20 times.modi jamoura hai.kam to nagpur se hota.around 50000 plus muslims were mascared no one is punished.in hindu legal system killing of shudras carry no punishment.jafri with 69 innocents was burnt alive in broad day light.he made 200 calls to modi.but modi is innocent.he is holy cow.

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    engrich Reply:

    compartment was burnt by agents of vhp to provide reason for riot.why muslim will fire.fire was started from inside.wrong and bullshit

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    Biswajit Saikia Reply:

    it was done by hindus only………..it ws the politics of NAMO, to kill muslims as he want too which he did, according to his religion which mention to kill ppl from other religion, u hammer head train coach caught fire frm inside

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  • engrich

    ashoka built 60000 budhdhist temples in orrisa.all were destroyed by brhmns and monks were slaughtered.budhdhist nuns were the first devdasis of vedic temples.
    creation of hindu samaj was the first major terrorist act on indian soil.committed by vedic invaders from central asia.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vedic religion came first.Buddha himself was Kshatriya.Ashoka was HIndu before converting to Buddhism.

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  • Faulitics

    Sharia is product of a society of Bedouins of very limited intellect. That’s why the punishment part of sharia is barbaric. Not fit for any society in modern times but looks like arabization prevents people from you in criticizing uncivilized barbaric systems like sharia because as a empty vessel, arabization had filled up your mind with taboos.

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  • engrich

    hindu is the only religion where man is born uneven.hinuism is mother of fascism nazism and apartheism..remaining all written above is bullshit and wrong.
    geeta is hate manual where castes were created by ur love god krishna.who had 1603 wives, also had intimate relationship with neighbour wife called radha.

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    kanishka Reply:

    Taqqiyebaz,

    Muslims continue to teach their children intolerance and murderous hate towards those who think different. They teach their people that
    LIFE BEGINS AFTER DEATH, and that life can be immeasurably improved after death by killing a few non-muslims (Kafirs, Jews, Shias or Ahmadiyas) quoting the source as CORAN..

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    Hindu Athiest Reply:

    Hinduism is not perfect but not as bad as Islam…infact no other religion is as more violent and barbaric as islam…Muslim people are good like any other people …But brainwashed by Islam…they can be evil…As long as they dont read khoran.they will be peaceful..Khoran is the manifestation of evil…sorry if i am rude but think about it…Muslim people are as innocent as any other people..but isalm is evil..think about it.

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  • Muhammad

    Yeah, sounds like slum educated or may I say you got your PHD from Madrassah education in history. During Barbaric 1000 years of Islamic rule the population of India was only 250 mil or less. I*nspite of that, Muslim invaders targeted and kidnapped Hindu women and raping and converting them en mass in to Islam. This was rampant as Koran recommended the kafir women as the prized properties. Look at the era of Mugal emperors and their Harem, most of the Hindu women were forcibly raped and converted and then put in to Harem. In Rajasatan Hindu women participated in “Jahar Brata” to save their honours from the Muslim invaders by jumping in to fire and self immolated them. These are well documented. We need to rewrite the history , all the zeehadi funded, half educated Mdrssaha propaganda Muslim history needs to be scarped. The Muslim in post independence tried very hard to dilute the barbarity they did to Hindu women and all other destructive crime against Hindus and to peaceful Hindu India including burning down all the major Universities (Nalanda, Taxseela etc.)which had sizeable collections of treasured documents and all the narratives of Islamic horror needs to be rewritten.During Independence only Nokahali, and inn hundreds of districts in Bangladesh can pale any historically documented genocides in the modern times, specailly aginst the Hindu women. So just shut up and feel free to go back to your sarah zaha se Accha”paksitan hamara”.

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  • Sha

    None of the examples u quoted r Islamic sharia law. U have no knowledge of the subject and u r merely quoting half baked truth from media our of hatred for Muslims. What u term barbaric is for criminals only and what ur laws r doing is punishing the helpless everyday this is not a single gang rape. Go read the stats of rapes and murders in India. Look at Saudi. Few people get exemplary punishment and majority of innocent sleep peacefully. Punishing criminal is not barbaric punishing innocent in the name of humanity for criminal is barbaric. Hating set of people without knowing the truth is barbaric. U sir r barbaric.U take sides of Mass murderer Modi who sanctioned the killing of unborn babies in their wombs. And u talk of Humanity. Its a joke. U r joke. A shameless inhuman joke. No different then those committed that horrible crime of rape.

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  • kanishka

    …and still your jehadi mind can’t rebutt with logic what I wrote above.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    @kanishka, it is such a futile wasted effort to make any Islamic nuthead see any reason.
    “kutte ka dhum, sau saal seedhi naali meh rakhkar nikala, toh dhum thedi ki thedi hi rahegi.
    These Indian converts in a total denial mode, they do not want to admit that it was one of their ancestors who was brutalized into “honouring himself” by submitting to Islam of the muslim conquers, and have created this inverted myth of Brahminical “oppression” to deflect from the capitulation of their own ancestor and the vapidness of a fake Arabic identity, only to get “kicked” by the Arabs.
    Sadly, their ancestor had no choice, but, this dimwit has no brains., and whatever is there is only with a Don Quixotic hate of the Brahmins. Engrich Mia, i am not a Brahmin, but if i have any issues with Brahmins, i would like to resolve it as an Indian, I wont wear the garb of a Pseudo-Arab to pick issues with a Brahmin.

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  • jainu

    we don’t need any religion laws.ammend hundred years old cpc . recruit more police personnel ,train the police with modern equipment ,more police training institutes,crime related course in universities ,upgrade police with latest technology, increase ratio of police,non interference of politician in crime cases,Effective policing,teach children in school about duty of a citizen instead of useless histories,harsh punishment like life sentence with out parole,treat rape as non bailable offence .All this will reduce the crime rate.Media should always give maximum importance about rape issues

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  • Arjun

    There are strict Hindu Vedic laws that applies against incest and rape against women. The problem in India is politicians does not enforce laws strictly and do not punish criminals harshly like in the U.S. These problems can be solved without Shariah, there are more modern and better laws than Shariah. India has a secular democratic constitution that takes precedence over any religious laws. In Muslim countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan women are being killed and brutalized everyday and there are no protests. Atleast in India I see mass protest against such heinous crimes.

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  • Ehsan

    abey Ch**ye pehle tujhe ye pta hona chahiye k sharia law na pakistan mein hai na Afghanistan.

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    Kaffir Reply:

    Send these pigs to where they belong…Pakistan ya Afghanistan

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  • Gladtide

    u nomad doughtier rapists, muslims rulers built magnificent monuments, roads, markets and cities,,,In united currptstan there is no place for justice!!!

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  • Moo ham head

    When americans shove a danda up the *** of mullas n took away raymond davis even when whole porkistan was yelling to hang him,real usefullness of saria came to be known.They paid them blood money n took their man even when he shot 2 porkis in broad daylight.

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  • http://twitter.com/macgupta123 Arun Gupta

    It turned out the death penalty for kidnapping made the kidnapper more likely to kill the victim – minus a witness, for no extra risk. The same holds true for rape.

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  • san

    Muslim in India must govern with muslim law related to criminal law also as in case of personal law.

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  • Anonymous

    Imagine if Sharia laws were applied on Mohammad, that guys would have reduced to pulp by stoning for 9 crimes that he committed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/biswajit.saikia.148 Biswajit Saikia

    brother u r 4getting about hindus in some part of world…………..they r creating communities building temples, doing pujas , demanding for hindu rights in other nation which in not at all hindu

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  • http://www.facebook.com/biswajit.saikia.148 Biswajit Saikia

    u hav zero knowledge…………..as ur religion, look at u hw barbaric u r, dats wht hindus are n real…….they do only politics n curruption coz its in their boold, take the example of ur own mythological stories…evn though those r nt true n r baseless…..but cleaRLY MENTION HW ur so called gogs with super power used the corrupt way(chall) to kill

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  • http://www.facebook.com/biswajit.saikia.148 Biswajit Saikia

    dont 4get ur hindu brothers are all over world in small quantity, so u’ll get back from those countries. Tell me if u want to get ur brothers get kick out from those countries

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  • peace

    All those non muslim brothers kindly save your skin for the day of judgement. Don’t pass hatred remarks. You have no knowledge about peaceful islam. Read and learn religious literature before leaving hatred comments.

    Brother Zia is writing very honest and truthful piece.

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  • peace

    The sunnah of islam teaches lots and lots of patience which perhaps none of us possess. Specially internet surfers!!!

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  • peace

    I repeat God’s punishment is severe. Don’t forget muslims and non-muslims brothers n sisters we are living in this world for a very short period and soon we all have to say good-bye. The day angels of death appear at our doorstep, our properties and other possessions will be taken away by someone else.And we all are transferred to another world forever!!!

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  • peace

    The holy quran says every soul shall have a taste of death. So pls fear your lord and do your best in this short span of time.

    And those who have misconception about islam and rights of women in it. Kindly read the last sermon of our last prophet(pbup)

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  • peace

    For your knowledge i m dispatching few quote:
    “….O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to
    your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your
    right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness.
    Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners
    and comitted helpers….
    Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your
    deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness
    after I am gone…
    Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that
    you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon
    your deeds…
    O
    People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL
    BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QUR’AN and my
    example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
    All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to
    others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than
    those who listen to me direcly. BE MY WITNESS O ALLAH THAT I HAVE
    CONVEYED YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR PEOPLE.”
    -Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

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  • concerned indian

    wow seriously ..more word count that the article itself.. chiill out man.

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