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Padmapriya Govindarajan, Author at The Fifth Estate

T5E Vacation Guide: Obscenely addictive sites and blogs to follow

‘Do you believe that you have the answers to someone’s burning questions?
Do you believe that fellow netizens are abounding with infinite insight?
Did you once like Yahoo Answers?’

If so, Padma provides you with a list of quirky websites on the net which make you feel knowledgeable without the least effort.

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Beyond the Gates: Taramani Food Crawl

For all those who want the Chennai street food experience and aren’t too snooty to actually try it, T5E presents a series of food crawls – an area-wise assessment of the top five push carts and mobile stalls and the quintessential ‘potti kadais’. In this, the second edition, Padma explores a bunch of little shops outside Taramani, and tells you where to go and where not to go.

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Media vs. Judiciary: An EML by Vineet Narain

‘Before the age of SMS, mail and mass transmission of information,’ Narain, in 1993 discovered the Hawala operation which involved the illegal transfer of colossal sums of money through different bank accounts. While over a hundred politicians were discovered to have been part of this scandal, the CBI, which was in the know, never shared that knowledge with the public. Thus, Narain’s crusade began.

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STEW: A Veritable Vichyssoise of Verbiage

Survive, Tackle, Extrapolate, Win – STEW, the first Speaking Event of the year for freshies had three rounds that followed an elimination process. Beginning with an Extempore round where the participants spoke for thirty seconds on typically punny or funny topics and followed by the Block and Tackle session, where contestants had to Block (speak For) or Tackle (speak Against) a given two-way topic as instructed by the judges, the evening ended with a grand Shipwreck Face-off, where the ‘celebrities’ (or the identities conferred upon each contender) argued and pleaded for that elusive spot on a life boat.

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