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On one hand, the na­tion is con­sumed with protests, seek­ing jus­tice for the lat­est rape vic­tim. On the other, there is wide­spread sym­pa­thy and prayers for Sal­man Khan, who was con­victed last month for killing the en­dan­gered black­buck in the forests of Ra­jasthan 20 years ago. In­dia surely lives up to its rep­u­ta­tion of nur­tur­ing dis­turb­ing di­chotomies. What re­peats it­self time and again, with every shame­ful in­ci­dent that our coun­try en­coun­ters though, is our twisted way of show­ing sup­port for the vic­tim. In the re­cent and past rape cases, for in­stance, our way of protest­ing has mainly been flood­ing the so­cial me­dia and news­pa­pers with the most in­sen­si­tive pic­tures of the in­ci­dent to elicit shock and dis­gust. And we high­light these hyp­o­crit­i­cal un­der­tones with such non­cha­lance that there is hardly ever any pos­i­tive news that finds its way to mak­ing head­lines. In the bar­gain, ev­ery­thing that is wor­thy of psych­ing you up is pop­ping up right into your face. Whereas any­thing that’s po­ten­tially pleas­ant is eas­ily buried into an un­no­tice­able space. Our woman on the cover also emerges from one such elu­sive space, which fiercely guards her against hog­ging the lime­light. Tabu be­ing on the cover of a mag­a­zine is a rare phe­nom­e­non. She is known for her re­luc­tance to­wards the me­dia as sen­sa­tion­al­ism doesn’t ex­ist in her dic­tionary. But here’s some spilling-the-beans from her end for a change. The ac­tress re­veals a side of her, which is in com­plete con­trast to her per­sona on screen. Sal­man Khan is on our pages as we try to dis­sect his tu­mul­tuous le­gal bat­tle. A peep out­side the coun­try and Lon­don is abuzz with the royal wed­ding fer­vour, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all set to walk down the aisle at Wind­sor Cas­tle. The cel­e­bra­tions are froth with spec­u­la­tion though, whether Meghan is in­deed the next Princess Diana. Find out the how and why as we present Diana 2.0. Some ex­cit­ing fod­der also awaits all the binge-watch­ers out there as we in­tro­duce our new sec­tion ‘Streamingo’. What’s trend­ing on the web? Which se­ries, films, doc­u­men­taries and the like can you dig into while tuck­ing your­self in for some couch surf­ing time? Turn the pages and you will know. En­joy the new and find com­fort in the old, that’s al­ways there to look for­ward to. Happy read­ing!

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