What started as a photography assignment to capture a festival of pachyderms soon turned into a passion project for Anand Shinde
At the age of 84, S Paul, the man who shaped Indian photojournalism, still takes his camera out for a daily shoot
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
Sudesh Choudhary has broken a tradition spanning more than six centuries. Do men still set the limits of her power?
The author underwent female-to-male sex re-assignment surgery, but has been unable to switch his passport gender. The story of his struggle in his own words
Raj Rewal denies he is a cultural nativist, though his fixation with temples is apparent. His buildings stand out for their cool passages of pure light
Taming of the Famously Late • Not so Prim-n-Propah, After All
An epic fable that presents the best and worst of India
The unseen menaces hidden behind the state's most loved children's book come alive in a dark new feature film
Arpita Singh’s work, irrespective of its theme and ambition, is touched by a deeply personal, almost mystical, truth. Broken phrases and stray words are strewn all over her images, to set up the context to which these may be anchored
It’s a fallacy to imagine that being the first prime minister to be born after Independence, Modi is immune to the magic of the British Raj
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Strong regional parties will continue to hold sway against the BJP
What else can you call the cess being levied by the Centre for Swachh Bharat?
The Italians take action the moment the very first indication of terror comes in
Back with a new vigour in his voice, he seems ready for a riveting fight in Parliament
It helps if you can come across as creative, dogged, willing to take risks, and more importantly, may also fail. When you fail, you get face-time on TV because the sudden death or black apron episode will feature only you and a few others
The past kept intruding into Narendra Modi’s spectacular London visit. Still, he and his host David Cameron won the day by focussing on the future
A portrait of the world’s most influential diplomat as an idealist. Niall Ferguson in his magisterial biography of Henry Kissinger discovers the intellectual who preceded the statesman
‘Europe would need a common enemy to unite and the only one available is Islam.’ Is André Malraux’s prophecy coming true?
What 13 November means for our newly tribal world
A veterans tour provides a poignant moment for reflection on cricket’s beauty and its troubles
Dog dramas would just be part of the general drama of Indian life if it weren’t for the out-of-control and totally upstaging cow drama
Wealth is a neglected domain in our scriptures because they were written by brahmins and that is also why artha is intertwined with dharma
China’s capital city is surrounded by hotspots of innovation that are powering the economy ahead
Unexpected gains in Bihar has the Congress beaming. Will the euphoria last?
Instead of going the corporate way with top government jobs, a better HR model for IAS officers would be the tenure system that US universities like Harvard have for professors
How Sahara Force India has made a mark in the F1 circuit. The story of a team that is racing ahead despite financial constraints
The film festival’s pretensions to international stature don’t square with reality. Is it time to wrest control of it from the Government?
Androgyny has established itself firmly in mainstream men’s fashion this winter and it’s only getting bigger
Bringing the Godavari and the Krishna together in Andhra Pradesh marks India’s first river-linking project. Has life too changed course?
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.
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The dark formalism and plaintive elegance of Vikram Seth’s poetry
Too many cooks in the kitchen end up serving an experimental disaster
The first Windows laptop to look, run and feel as good as the Macbook Air
Hands evolved not just to build tools and forage for food but also to throw an effective punch
Lashkar-e-Islam first stormed the Valley with posters that threatened mobile network providers, asking them to wind up their operations
“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”
To ease the process of parting ways, even if only on social media, Facebook has created some new tools
A Kerala journalist’s Facebook account is forced shut after her revelation of sexual abuse at her madrassa
Tea growers of Assam have urged the Centre to declare the beverage India’s national drink.
Residents of 20 villages in Andhra Pradesh’s Zaheerabad region are fighting a unique struggle to have their region declared a biodiversity heritage site under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002.
A young company called India Vibes, a Kochi-based web TV outfit, is in the news for winning the Bloomberg UTV-Aegis Graham Bell Award for innovation in mobile content.
Earlier this month, Asalat Nagar village in Moradabad, the constituency of MP Mohammad Azharuddin, was in the news for violent clashes between the police and villagers.
The decision of the BJP government in Karnataka to allow the teaching of The Bhagvad Gita in government schools has created an uproar in the state.
An Indian spy who returned in April after spending 27 years in Pakistan’s prisons has taken the Indian Government to court.
As Parliament gets set to reconvene, a bill to protect children from sexual abuse is on the agenda. Author Pinki Virani explains where the draft bill falls short
A recent Karnataka High Court judgment has observed that ‘girls below the age 21 years are not capable of forming a rational judgment as to suitability of the boy, who is in love’.
If its proposal to the Home Ministry for the grant of a semi-open jail facility is granted, Tihar will join the ranks of 30-odd jails in the country.
The Union health minister’s attitude to alternative sexuality is typical of a prejudiced majority. For queer students who suffer alienation or worse, relief comes in the form of a campus network
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Mythicised or misunderstood, RSS is an organisation whose influence is a permanent topic of contention
In the past couple of years, Chunky Pandey has made his way back to A-list Bollywood, albeit with silly films
How India became the antibiotics capital of the world and laid the wonder cure to waste
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A Portrait of Sanju Baba • How to Avert a Domestic Squabble
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The love story of a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, the war between their parents, and a truce that came too late.
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Was Modi blinded by his own aura?
The newly married women’s fight for toilets has made Swachh Bharat a movement in rural India
V Shoba follows the footsteps of a warrior king and listens to the voices of admiration and anger that echo his still volatile legacy
Is India as wretched as it is being portrayed by a section of the intellectual class?
On the eve of the famous Margazhi festival in Chennai, Bharatanatyam legend Malavika Sarukkai relives the liberating journey of three decades in which her body and soul became one