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The hanging retort shaped nests of the Ploceus philippinus hanging on the branches of the large thorny tree in our courtyard used to fascinate me as a child. I used to keep staring at these nests from my bedroom window and wonder how the baaya weaver birds would weave these wonderful creations from leaves.

The design of these nests intrigues me still and I am marvelled by the thoughts of how traditionally over the centuries, the baaya has been able to secure the intricate design of their homes that they build.

 Exactly the way I am mesmerised whenever I see this weaver bird nest, every visit to the Palladium or to the St. Regis Hotel at Lower Parel leaves me fascinated at the sight of a shop nestled in the ground floor of the building just adjacent to the towering St. Regis gate. The name always attracted my attention, which says, Baaya – where design meets tradition.

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India is a film crazy country and the culture of filmmaking is integral to the culture of our country. Film stars are role models for almost every youth in this country and stories in the films mould the nature of behaviour of a majority of the population.

In such a country where almost everyone aspires to make a film, it is a fact that even graduate filmmakers produce at least twenty films, which proves that the film industry in protruding towards the below 35 years age bracket. In other words, talent is multiplying but even in such a scenario, it is a candid confession that many ideas by filmmakers for short-films, documentaries and even feature films end up as scribbling and noting in their work-room without materialising into reality.

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Though well known in common parlance, the meaning of the terms are sometimes misunderstood. While BC surely stands for ‘Before Christ’, AD is construed to mean ‘After Death’, whereas the actual meaning ‘Anno Domini’ is a Latin phrase which means ‘in the year of the Lord’. The purpose of the BC/AD dating system was to make the birth of Jesus Christ, the dividing point of world history.

2016 AD would be remembered as the year which witnessed another calendric switch in the lives of the people in our country. November 8th to be precise, when we witnessed the division of Indian history on the basis of another BC/AD

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