Shrikant Verma’s Magadh is brought to new life in Rahul Soni’s translucent translation. Reading it in modern-day ‘Magadh’ is a revelation
The feminist movement may have its problems, but they can’t be solved by a fashion magazine makeover
Sifting through the ashes of a charred history
How I got over the mystery, myth and maligning of menstruation
An accountant by profession, Shridatta Raut has devoted his life to finding unknown forts in Maharashtra and conserving them.
The story of a flight to a now-defunct NASA space station demonstrates that even beyond the reach of gravity, Mission Control will still try to keep you down
A New Alliance • PDA Publicity • Harsh Lessons
Why Anna Hazare’s decision not to fast in Delhi is an admission of defeat
Saying ‘yes’ to marriage is not simply a matter of ‘just knowing’ it’s right
A minor football victory over India for news tickers, a major cause of jubilation for Afghans
In leading a Shiv Sena project, the NCP leader shores up support for a lifelong ambition
The Government may dilute its stake in public sector banks to 51 per cent, but what the sector needs is consolidation
Notes from a swansong
Raghavendra, Bhimsen Joshi’s eldest and neglected son, pens a tell-all book on his bitter-sweet relationship with his father
Negotiating the minefield
Chilai Kalan, the harshest yet mesmeric phase of winter in Kashmir
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.
A play that converses actively with the audience, invigorates the public conversation about the identity of the Indian Muslim and doesn’t flinch from drawing Jinnah into the discussion
Sebastian Faulks’ homage to PG Wodehouse reveals why humour is serious business, easy to admire but hard to imitate
From his launda gang to the big screen, Raanjhanaa’s Zeeshan Ayyub is looking Benaras talking Gorky, and redefining the role of the supporting actor in Hindi cinema
A high-tech office chair created for the way we work today
Do ancestors pass on their phobias and fears to their offspring? It is probable
An online social networking website allows users to share and express sorrow and grief
“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”
Introduced to chess at the age of five, at 13, Carlsen became the second youngest Grandmaster ever
Is a breakthrough in the rationalist’s assassination case imminent or is it all hogwash?
Hurried Man's Guide
Douglas Adams’ intergalactic legacy lives on, celebrated every 25 May.
That is not a mere question. It is an entry to a surreal new world of language.
To most of us, Hayek means Salma. But Nobel Prize-winning economist-philosopher Friedrich August von Hayek is perhaps more relevant today.
Collecting ‘friends’ on Facebook with whom we have nothing left to share.
He said it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. Has he finally ruined his own?
Unfinished last works by famous authors have always intrigued readers. Just as fascinating is Herge’s last Tintin.
The definitive guide to being busy just being busy.
If you’re feeling low, nothing works better than Monty Python skits on YouTube.
Remembering him as just a poet would be doing him a profound injustice.
Perhaps the most important novel of the still-young century, Pullman’s opus is a grand tragedy about two brothers—Jesus and Christ.
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A different view of the Aarushi murder case
Questions that continue to confound us
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Looking for a Lucky Break • Just Too Good to Give Up • The Unimportance of Being Earnest
A case that challenged India’s system of criminal justice
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In the democracy they disdain, there should really be no place for either
Of spiritual healers, hypnosis artists and sexual exploiters
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The interplay of these three ‘M’s is doing Indian democracy a gross disfavour
India has an estimated 24 million of them. We meet a few
If it’s the perfect season for an off-land adventure, this array of on-land options is no less dizzying. Take your pick
The Kanchi peeth’s head has been cleared of the deed, but the Varadarajaperumal temple manager’s murder remains a mystery
…and the case for dignity in reporting on rape
The first ever descent down the mighty Brahmaputra on a raft
The accompanying illustration tries to map the emotional response to sexual assault.
The seamy side of the internet that you dare not explore
A stay at an unusual ashram that promotes surfing