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
Wandering the city at night with photographer Gavin Evans
Looming Litmus Test • The Cost of Being Fussy
A global consensus on fighting jihad cannot wait any longer
The Indian music scene has more players than all seasons of Game of Thrones put together, but there are few who can give the audience a great time. Here are some of the festival circuit bands you must check out
India’s biggest cultural export to the West has become an American way of enlightened life
Amitav Ghosh in his historical Ibis trilogy reclaims the story of the victims told for so long by the imperial winners
The writing is on the wall for both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and ODIs
To contemplate the art of being idle, of pottering around, drinking a tall glass of ice cold buttermilk or lemon soda, and nibbling on a cold grapefruit and hot peanut salad, seems an apt subject for the long hot summer
Visit this Harappan site to marvel at the ancient civilisation’s quest for perfection
Reading Kamel Daoud's The Meursault Investigation in the time of the avenging Arab
Whatever their future, Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal have got Indian-American knickers in a colossal twist
Communists like Raul Castro and Sitaram Yechury face a Trotskyan moment today
Award winning astronomer Nitya Kallivayalil is on a space odyssey. What is it about near-field cosmology that keeps her going?
There is more than Lalit Modi that makes the Foreign Minister's position untenable
For all the wails and groans in the air, the EU is a political project as much as an economic one. And anyone who favours ‘unity in diversity’ should be pardoned a soft spot for the euro
The suicide pact made by four teenage gold medallists in Kerala points to a larger malaise in the administration of the Sports Authority of India
Gurvinder Singh has made rural chic look authentic in his Punjabi films
The kitchen garden gets a makeover as the adventurous produce exotic herbs and fresh ingredients at home for ready use in unusual drinks
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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An insightful analysis of Pakistan—then, now, soon—that Indians have much to gain from
Even with no definite plot, this film is a moving meditation on places and what defines them
The latest in the series comes with new hardware packed in a thinner body
Males are not more skilled, they just overestimate their arithmetic prowess
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”
Hooch was being sold in connivance with local cops and excise officials for some 30 years in the slums of Malwani, where the tragedy occurred
The tennis tournament’s iconic green and purple towels are made by an Indian firm at a facility in Gujarat
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Big things are expected of Raj Kumar Gupta, the man who made Aamir. He knows this, but is doing his damnedest to ignore it
It began with brands of jeans trying to masquerade as authentic cowboy wear. Now Indian advertising has broken out in a rash of White skin
This filmmaker has not done anything worthwhile for some time. Why, then, do Ram Gopal Varma’s peers still believe he is in experimentation mode?
What Sonam, Deepika and Vivek have in common
Piyush Mishra wanted one thing all his life. Then he figured it wasn’t enough
Bowing yet again to political pressure, the Censor Board has cemented its reputation as a pushover.
The ship is expected to go to an altitude of 110 km, above the Karman Line, the boundary between Earth and space.
Two online humorists tell us about what led them there, and where they go next.
The economics of candid celeb shoots puts red-hot paparazzism far beyond our reach in India.
He will do anything for cricket, but he won’t stand up for the game.
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India’s most revered yoga centre abhors publicity and turns away casual seekers. Ullekh NP in Munger chronicles the legend of the Bihar School of Yoga
Parallel Lives and Discord • Propaganda No One’s Buying
A new bill threatens to become the straw that will break the back of Rajasthan’s camels, turning them into zoo animals. Could their milk save them?
The heartbreak caused by high cut-offs at Delhi University sustains an entire sub-economy of personal therapy, career apps and Twitter spam
How Tasneem Zakaria Mehta transformed Mumbai’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum into one of the country’s most buzzy and contemporary spaces for Indian art
Congress has turned aggressive as Rahul Gandhi prepares to take full command later this year, but old rhetoric and internal rifts hold the party back