How the Great Depression, Juan Peron and the brothels of Argentina influenced the creation of one of the world’s most vibrant forms of music
Tridip Suhrud is a social scientist from Ahmedabad
Malls in India offer expats a disturbing comfort of familiarity
Sinam Ongbi Chandrajini lost children in a massacre in Malom in 2000. It was the horror of this incident that led Irom Sharmila to begin her fast against AFSPA
The account of a Missing Persons Bureau inspector who went missing trapped in an elevator
How Rama Prasad Goenka got baptised by fire in the acquisitions game to emerge as India’s ‘takeover specialist’
The second rung of the Congress party, where there is much jostling for power, is the origin of some of the most ridiculous political spin in recent times
It’s time they’re jolted awake by women who watch
Contrasting SC judgments in the Bhullar and Das cases spell confusion
Let’s Not Ask Her Screen Age • Tears of Luck • To Act or Not To Act
On the absurdity of the nude dance of an NSUI president becoming such a big deal
Nawaz Sharif’s party won a near majority in Pakistan’s National Assembly. But it was Imran Khan’s campaign that animated the polls
The JDS shadow over the Congress’ Karnataka win made the party High Command partial to Siddaramaiah, but sources say the new CM was imposed, not elected
Private producers want to price it high, users want it kept cheap, and policymakers appear all confused
The parents of S Sreesanth, a devout couple, might be thinking even god can't help their son now.
The first act of Amar Chitra Katha’s rescue is over. The brand has survived. But Act Two will be tricky
As cola drinks are shunned by health junkies
Azad Khan, 12, was shot in Manipur, allegedly for being an insurgent. This was one of six extra judicial killings
“Why am in jail? Where is the evidence against me?”
An Old Delhi neighbourhood full of highly skilled craftspeople struggles to survive, to keep some fragment of its poetry in a city whose priorities are far more prosaic.
Nikhil Chopra redraws history in performance
Taiye Selasi’s first novel runs circles around the ‘African story’ you’re used to
For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice—what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star.
This home theatre system delivers more than just good sound on a budget
Listening to what you like activates a part of your brain linked with good food and sex
Residents of a housing society in Mumbai have to pay a toll to enter its premises
“There have been deaths in my ambulance, but also births. At the set-up I work for, more than 13,000 babies were born in a vehicle”
The publisher Double Day is printing four million copies of the book to start
The renovation jinx of Maharashtra politicians
Sheer incredulity at the film’s solutions to the country’s ills keeps one transfixed.
A disaster both from Mani Ratnam’s side as well as the lead actors’ interpretation of their characters.
A prequel to the legend, but with Russell Crowe miscast as the witty and lovable thug.
Scorsese displays his skill as an actor’s director yet again in this psychological thriller.
A simplified view of politics, perhaps, but this film captures well the ruthlessness of politicians.
The drama and magic of cinema is missing in this video game substitute.
Don’t know a word of Spanish or, for that matter, English? This will then be one tough Bollywood film for you to get.
The gifted Darsheel Safary apart, Iranian minimalism just can’t be stretched to Indian melodrama.
So unpleasant and egotistical is the ‘hero’ that one almost cheers for the villain when he makes his appearance.
An engaging film about four friends who cock a snook at the law, Manmohan Singh their Enemy No 1.
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