The words of Nadine Gordimer (1923–2014) made South Africa a less dangerous place—and literature an argument for freedom

Cover Story

The Modi model of governance has banished power brokers and set in motion a new work culture. The inside story

Foreign policy

That is what the Prime Minister is on the global stage

Open Essay

It was the World Cup where the myth of Brazilian football came to an inglorious finale

On the Record

As the architect of the Narendra Modi Government’s first Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to our Managing Editor, PR Ramesh. Excerpts

Enigma of the Missing Aircraft

Has a Messerschmitt Bf-109 sold illegally in Karnataka resurfaced in the UK?

In memoriam
The Last Falcon: Jamil Ahmad

The late bloomer from Pakistan immortalised the lives of the frontier

Binay Bihari

For blaming mobile phones and non-vegetarian food for the rise of sexual attacks on women

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

A boorish film with one-dimensional acting, this is a poor parody of DDLJ

Man of the Wild

Conservationist Vivek Menon on charismatic mammals, environmental awareness and the urgent need for land securement

Begum of the Basilica

Julia Keay tells the story of an extraordinary woman ruler who constantly reinvented herself to survive the turmoil of India’s passage to British rule


Nuanced family dramas from across the border break the monotony of Indian soap operas on television


The rise of vegetarian terrorism


The Rashtrapati Bhavan is shedding its imperial attitude and opening its splendid doors to hoi polloi. On the eve of the second anniversary of the Pranab Mukherjee presidency, Open takes a tour of the House that is changing


What sets her apart, says Vidya Balan, is her need to grab roles that demand what few others can deliver


Nuts over Dates • Feuding Filmstars • The Price of Lechery


How Bollywood’s Punjabi inflection unifies India


Smart marketing has turned cider into a cool drink for a new generation. Toddy makers could learn a thing or two from this apple beverage’s success


Open Essay

Intimations of a New Establishment and the Return of Real India


Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis


The woman believed to be the wife of the most powerful man in Gujarat lives in a one-room home


Why the prospects of the Congress’ fifth-generation dynastic gamble hang by a slender thread


Four trendsetters in Indian fashion re-imagine menswear for a cool summer look

True Life

When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive


R.I.P. The female condom

Ethnic Cleansing

Driven out of Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have become the nowhere people of Asia


Shopping in the black market of social media


A journey in search of the real Amit Shah