Monday, April 25 2022

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Under this threat and against my family's wishes, since we are not high-value art collectors, I could not afford to invite any form of enmity with the two powerful families involved and thus I had to hesitatingly proceed given the looming and overhanging threat involved.

That’s from the testimony of disgraced Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor—who told Enforcement Directorate officials that he was bullied into buying an MF Husain painting from Priyanka Gandhi by then petroleum minister Murli Deora. The proceeds were allegedly used to pay for Sonia Gandhi’s cancer treatment in New York. Wait, what happened to all those theories about Gandhi moolah stashed away in offshore accounts? FYI: Kapoor is being held in custody on charges that he embezzled Rs 50.5 billion (5,050 crore)—and has been fighting to protect his overseas properties from being impounded.

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Why Netflix lost its chill: Part one

The TLDR: The streaming platform lost a huge chunk of subscribers for the very first time in a decade. Some of the reasons—including those offered by Netflix—are tied to the US market. But a big part of Netflix’s negative growth may reflect its poor performance in India—specifically, a failed, Hindi-centric content strategy.

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Headlines That Matter

  • Emmanuel Macron prevails in France
  • Twitter opens talks with Musk
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  • Palm oil shocker out of Indonesia
  • Reliance ditches Future Retail
  • Rightwing pressure on the Army?
  • Benefits of brisk walking


Sanity Break

  • Manoj Bajpayee reminds us of the enduring ties that bind Indians together


Smart & Curious 

  • A guide to making friends as an adult
  • Why Prashant Kishor’s blueprint for a 2024 Congress victory does not work
  • The hot, new ingredient in vodka: basmati rice
  • Indian millennials are eager to splurge on their pets


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