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Mumbai: Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wifeSunanda Pushkar's sudden death has left Bollywood celebritieslike Shabana Azmi and Sridevi shocked.Sunanda, who was upset over an alleged extra-maritalaffair between her minister husband Shashi Tharoor and aPakistani journalist, was found dead in a five-star hotelroom."Shocked to hear news about Sunanda. Condolences to Shri.Shashi Tharoor & family of Sunanda Pushkar," singer AshaBhonsle tweeted.Condoling the tragic passing of the entrepreneur, actressShabana Azmi said, "Deeply saddened by Sunanda's tragicpassing away. She was warm, lively and very affectionate.Heartfelt condolences to the family. "Actress Sridevi grieved Sunanda's death and rememberedher as an affectionate and vibrant personality. "Saddened by the unfortunate demise of a warm,affectionate, vibrant and good soul. RIP Sunanda Pushkar," the'English Vinglish' star said."Shocked to hear about Sunanda Pushkar... Seems likeyesterday she was with us at all Kolkata Knight Riders matchesin Kolkata. Cheering and cheerful," said actress-entrepreneurJuhi Chawla.Filmmaker Kunal Kohli said, "It's disturbing whatsocial media can lead through... We have to see what is goingon in our society and where social media is taking us to." Actor-producer Anupam Kher said he is stunned to knowabout Sunanda Pushkar's sudden death."She was bright, forthright, loving & full of life.Really sad and tragic. Sunanda Pushkar lived life on herterms. She was larger than life. Had a great sense of humour.Shocking. Feel bad for her family and her son," Kher said.Lyricist Javed Akhtar said, "It is shocking that some onelike Sunanda, full of zest for life, full of joy and happinessis no more. Deepest condolence to Shashiji."Author Shobhaa De, "I refuse to call her Sunanda Tharoor.Free at last! God bless her free spirited , beautiful soul."PTI

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In Dadri, it was beef: How we justify mass hysteria and religiously-sanctioned murder

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Who Gains by Losing Ishrat Jahan Files, Asks Chidambaram

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Of 42 Bengal Ministers, 9 Have Criminal Cases Against Them

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Ram Temple Construction a Matter of Faith, Not an Election Issue: Ravi Shankar

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