Hanif Kureishi’s sharp new novel is not only a riff on the Naipaul-French saga, but also an exploration of his own fascination for writers and their habits
On the dive bar as a haven for the trend-bucking citydweller
She was not an actress; her greatest performance was in playing herself: Suchitra Sen, the luminous superstar.
When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive
Twenty-year-old biker stuntwoman Pooja Rathod talks about riding on a wall and risking her neck for her independence
Inside the ladies’ compartment of the Mumbai local is a world that is both strange and familiar, compassionate and vicious; where lives are saved by generous hands.
Good doesn’t necessarily follow from blackening someone’s face, even if it appears to be deserved
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No autocrat as sanguineous as Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is at work today, and it’s nostalgia that drives his extraterritorial ambition.
YouTube could kill TV and movie stars in upper class India, if that hasn’t happened already
Driven out of Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have become the nowhere people of Asia
Tibetans in India are caught between the right to vote and their commitment to the cause. Is it hypocritical?
A badly conceived regulator would serve no purpose in this crucial sector
Cases against Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan remain unresolved as the IPL kicks off another season with a colourful auction
Behind India’s most-talked-about talk show
When cosmetic surgery goes wrong
Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in conversation with Chinki Sinha, as part of Open’s monthly Breakfast Chat series at Smoke House Deli
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.
Acquiring a taste for theatre at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala
I draw naked people. Sketching live models is my hobby. I have drawn over a hundred individuals from all walks of life, and Conversations in the Nude captures my tryst with nudity.
Revelations on his art and craft after two days of trailing the filmmaker
With its innovative docking system, this speaker can be used both at home and on the go
A new study finds that humans first developed deep pigmentation to combat skin cancer
A drive against youngsters smoking marijuana takes a bizarre turn
“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”
Gulaab Gang director Soumik Sen denies that his film is based on the real life Gulabi Gang
After a record-holding ophthalmologist is barred from his hospital for 10 days, surgeries pile up
Achyut Lahkar, pioneer of Assam’s legendary mobile theatre, lies penniless and forgotten in his old age
How Pathsala became one of Assam’s major education hubs in the space of a decade
Hiren Bhattacharyya, the Assamese poet who recently passed away, was a rare writer whose works are taught from high school to university
Jahnavi Barua on geographic labelling as a pragmatic exercise, giving up her medical practice, and making it to prestigious literary prize shortlists
Academic Jonathan Gil Harris is writing the history of the poor Europeans, as distinct from White Mughals, who settled here and became Indian
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The pornography of poverty is the aesthetic of the desperate populist. And there is no place more rewarding than India for him.
Is it the end of Hindu victimhood?
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In India, faith may not be in power but the faithful is empowered by the State that is not committed to freedom
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There is more to this election than Modi and Rahul
Mihir Srivastava ventures into the clandestine satta bazaar, a political betting market where the stakes are as high as $2.5 billion. And guess who’s a safe bet?
Everyone wants to adopt Rajiv Gandhi’s killers
Is it payback time in the Hindi heartland?
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They talk development on college campuses
Why the prospects of the Congress’ fifth-generation dynastic gamble hang by a slender thread