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Monday, February 8 2021


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‘Emily in Paris’; was originally about an Indian girl who moves to Paris but when I pitched it, the network executives spit in my face and called me racial slurs. The following week I repitched the exact same concept with a white girl and now I’m nominated for two Golden Globes.

That’s comedian Abby Govindan who pranked Twitter by pretending to be the creator of the Netflix series—which was recently nominated for two Golden Globes while far worthier contenders were snubbed. Her tweets went viral, and were dutifully reported by various media outlets (whose journalistic protocol evidently did not include consulting Wikipedia). Also: Indian girl in Paris… wait, isn’t that already a KJo movie?

Big Story

The catastrophic flood in Uttarakhand

The TLDR: Once again, the mountainous stretches of the state have been hit by severe flooding—killing at least seven, while 125 people are still missing. The waters also swept away two under-construction dams. Initial theories about the cause point to the usual suspects: massive development projects and global warming.

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Headlines That Matter

  • Protests swell in Myanmar
  • Twitter India lobbyist quits
  • The problem with Zoombombing
  • Second dose of Covid vaccine triggers more severe side effects than the first

 

Smart & Curious

  • A very useful guide to staying mindful in your daily life
  • This amazing trick that lets you fix typos in your text
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