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Jun 27 11 tweets 4 min read
With US supreme court overturning Roe v Wade and leaving abortion decisions to individual states, we try to look at another country which had similar issues to grapple with - Ireland.

And how a dentist from Karnataka became the face of that struggle. Image Abortion had been illegal in Ireland since the birth of the state. In 1983, an amendment to the law made the status of the unborn child as equal to that of the mother.

It was made following a referendum in which over two-thirds supported it, though on a turnout of 53%. ImageImage
Apr 22 20 tweets 10 min read
Today’s time of extreme polarization, we need something that unites us. Back in 1990, a TV program aired for the first time which tried to show that India is a rainbow with many colours.

We are talking about Surabhi.

A thread about the show. 👇 The genesis of Surabhi was the friendship of Siddharth Kak and VP Singh. When VP Singh became the Prime Minister, he wanted to have more programs on culture and current affairs. He asked Siddharth Kak for ideas.
Feb 6 17 tweets 9 min read
मेरी आवाज़ ही, पहचान है
गर याद रहे

#RIPLataji a phenomenal singer, someone who brought India together with her voice.

A short thread honoring her. Her birth name was Hema. She was later renamed Lata after the key character Latika in the play Bhav Bandhan.

Her father Deenanath Mangeshkar had worked on that play. #RIPLataji
Dec 31, 2021 28 tweets 11 min read
A thread 365 days in the making. 👇 Malaria might finally be cured completely – after more than 25 years of research, we finally have a vaccine that has been approved for the fight against Malaria.

Bill Gates finally did something useful with all his money.
Dec 16, 2021 17 tweets 7 min read
Its been 50 years since Pakistan's armed forces laid down their arms at a ceremony in Dhaka before the joint command of the Indian armed forces and Bangladesh's Mukti Bahini.

As the two armed forces were celebrating their victory, Mrs Gandhi had other things to worry about. 1/ 1. The enormous cost of the war
2. The cost of dealing with over 10M refugees
3. The un-budgeted responsibility of having to look after the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers taken as POWs.

India wanted to keep the POW's in conditions that went above and beyond Geneva norms. 2/
Dec 14, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Happy birthday to @RanaDaggubati. Here is an interesting story of how he got his most famous role of Bhallaladeva.

Did you know that one of the first people the producers of movie had in mind for Bhallaladeva was Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo from Game Of Thrones. ImageImage In the very early stages of scripting, SS Rajamouli invited a few people to his house and gave an indication of what he wanted to make.. No Story, just outlines.

He showed a map of a kingdom of Mahishmati - it had mountain ranges on 3 sides and a huge waterfall. ImageImage
Nov 2, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
Today we bring you an interesting story. It begins in Islampur, a small village in Sangli district in Maharashtra.

The year is 1959, a 12 year old boy is asked to take on the pampered son of the village henchman in a wrestling contest. In an upset, the 12 year old boy is victorious and his reward – death threats from villagers who treat this as an assault on the village henchman.

This forces the boy to hop on to a goods train with money earned from the fight – a princely sum of Rs 12.
Oct 23, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
#BornToday Pele - a man credited with more than 1000 goals.

A man who despised penalties, his 1000th goal was ironically a penalty. He could have scored his 1000th on the day he scored his 999th.

But his team's goalkeeper was injured and SURPRISE SURPRISE, Pele stood in goal.

Almost as bad as having Messi as your draught excluder.
Oct 17, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
On the occasion of @anilkumble1074 's 51st birthday - a little known story of how a very much vegetarian Kumble ate 2 bears for lunch.

Setting the stage - 1995, hot and dry summer in the county championships in England. Kumble is playing for Northamptonshire. They were second in the table going to take on the first placed team Warwickshire. Warwickshire, though without Brian Lara, were defending champions and were leading the table at that time.

Few years later, Kumble would dismiss Lara looking like this.
Sep 21, 2021 14 tweets 11 min read
A racehorse must be medically examined and certified to ensure that it is in good health for the race to follow.

The horse had to be cleared by a vet or vetted.

This is how 'Vetted' came about - which is now used in politics and business.

#RandomFactOfTheDay On 15 December 1944 after the defeat of the invading Japanese forces, Viceroy of India Lord Wavell flew to Imphal and decorated 2 British Indian officers at that ceremony.

One was Major Sam Manekshaw of the Frontier Force, the other was Lt. A.A.K Niazi.

#RandomFactOfTheDay ImageImage
Sep 20, 2021 9 tweets 5 min read
#OnThisDay 8 years ago a wonderful tale of love, longing and loneliness was released that featured the late great Irrfan, @NimratOfficial and @Nawazuddin_S.

Our thread celebrating the movie. #8YearsOfTheLunchbox Image Irrfan and Nimrat never met during the shooting of the film.

It was only during the promotions that they met for the first time. Image
Aug 9, 2021 23 tweets 13 min read
August 10 will mark 20 years since the release on one of the most iconic movies of all time - Dil Chahtha Hai.

The movie saved Goa - suffering from bleak tourism following the 9/11 terrorist attacks with hordes of people visiting Goa, especially the Chapora fort for this pic. Our thread starts with the idea of DCH - the story that @FarOutAkhtar wrote. His childhood friend narrated a story to him - which became the outline for Akash.

Farhan frequented Goa a lot and also had a memorable trip to New York in 1996 all of which were combined in the script
Jul 7, 2021 14 tweets 8 min read
"Main marke bhi maroonga nahi; tumhare andar zinda rahoonga" Dilip Kumar in Mashaal..

#RIPDilipKumarSahab an actor par excellence. A short thread honoring him.

He was quite a good singer. Check out this clip of him singing during an interview. Though born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan - he took the name Dilip Kumar to avoid getting beaten by his father, who was strictly against films.
His father was friends with Basheshwarnath Kapoor, father of Prithwiraj Kapoor and would constantly berate him for his son's career in movies.
Jul 5, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
Folx, @mPinoe ! That’s it, that’s the tweet! #BornToday Image Image
Jul 4, 2021 12 tweets 7 min read
Since we found out that Rajamouli is covering just the friendship between Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju, we thought we'd give you the complete story of the revolutionary patriot and what better time to do it than on his 124th Birthday!!! Image Let us know in the comments below whether you wanna learn about Komaram Bheem as well!! 💫💫
#allurisitaramaraju #komarambheem #rrr #rajamouli #ramcharan #juniorntr #tollywood #iwtkquiz #iwtkfacts #andhrapradesh #incredibleindians #tribals #rebels #indianrevolutionaries Image
Jun 14, 2021 25 tweets 15 min read
June 15th will mark 20 years since the release of an iconic film - Lagaan.

A thread highlighting some interesting stories about a very very special movie. #20YearsOfLagaan Lagaan was @AshGowariker’s third foray into direction after his earlier two movies – Pehla Nasha and Baazi.

Baazi is famous for the “Item number” by Aamir Khan.

Pehla Nasha had Aamir and SRK in the same movie with some cringe worthy puns -
Jun 13, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
In celebration of @bts_bighit turning 8, here's a thread recounting 8 times BTS took inspiration from literature for their music! 💕 Starting strong with Spring Day! Now how many of you knew it was inspired by Omelas? 🤔🤔
Jun 6, 2021 18 tweets 7 min read
There has been talk of reunions for TV series from the 90's.

This TV series is now discontinued, but the nightingale of Bollywood wants a reunion.

A thread about the origin of the TV Series CID. ImageImage The man behind the TV series is BP Singh who had a successful Marathi series called Ek Shunya Shunya on DD.

See if you can spot some familiar faces from that show?

While working on that series, he met a doctor who told him - "People lie, but the dead always tell the truth." ImageImage
Mar 12, 2021 11 tweets 4 min read
We’re back with the part 2 of this thread about some incredible things invented by women by @bertyashley

Be prepared to add some valuable knowledge to your facts bank today😤! Just appreciating Lilian Gilbreth for creating such a convenient and resourceful mechanism that we take for granted everyday. Popularly described as “a genius in the art of living” and we can see why!
Mar 12, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
Who called then #Festivals and not FEAST-ivals? 🤤♥️

Here we have a thread on some delectable foods we get to enjoy during festivals!

Grab a copy of 'Inside India: Festivals and Celebrations' by @HarperCollinsIN to #KnowMore.… #Kadambattu - During Pongal and Kailpoldu, Kadambattu or steamed rice balls are made and usually eaten with curries. The dish is made from broken rice and coconut which is boiled till it becomes mushy and then shaped into round balls and steamed again to hold its shape.
Mar 12, 2021 12 tweets 6 min read
50 years ago, #OnThisDay a landmark Indian movie released.

Co-written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Anand won several awards, spawned many parodies and added “lymphosarcoma of the intestine” to the lexicon of scary diseases. #iwtkthreads Hrishikesh Mukherjee was very good friends with Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor fell seriously ill.

Hrishi da feared losing his friend and wrote the story of Anand. “Babu Moshay” was what Raj Kapoor called Hrishi da. (Pic courtesy @FilmHistoryPic)