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
What else can you call the cess being levied by the Centre for Swachh Bharat?
An epic fable that presents the best and worst of India
The Italians take action the moment the very first indication of terror comes in
Reading Marlon James’ Booker winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, a fireball of a novel, and wondering: What’s it that makes fiction great?
The unseen menaces hidden behind the state's most loved children's book come alive in a dark new feature film
A veterans tour provides a poignant moment for reflection on cricket’s beauty and its troubles
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
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
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
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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
Mythicised or misunderstood, RSS is an organisation whose influence is a permanent topic of contention
Wealth is a neglected domain in our scriptures because they were written by brahmins and that is also why artha is intertwined with dharma
‘Europe would need a common enemy to unite and the only one available is Islam.’ Is André Malraux’s prophecy coming true?
China’s capital city is surrounded by hotspots of innovation that are powering the economy ahead
What 13 November means for our newly tribal world
Back with a new vigour in his voice, he seems ready for a riveting fight in Parliament
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
Majoritarian hubris and the writers’ protest
Strong regional parties will continue to hold sway against the BJP
Is India as wretched as it is being portrayed by a section of the intellectual class?
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
Web shows that can be watched on handsets are giving televised sitcoms tough competition
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.
Lamented • The Pulitzer Poet • Christie’s Again • Cultural Bully • The Indian Banksy • A Millennium for DDLJ • The New Bestselling Genre • The Yogi Departs
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
A new book revisits the film Amar Akbar Anthony and shines light on director Manmohan Desai’s enduring legacy
Once Bollywood’s girl-next-door, the actress has had several setbacks to take in her stride, not least her son’s recent arrest
Director Kiran Rao talks about her cinematic influences, marriage as partnership and why she gave her son Azad Rao Khan a double-barrelled surname
The unique life-and-work model of the Deols of Bollywood
Maker of cult indie film Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, Kamal Swaroop has spent the last 23 years zealously researching Dadasaheb Phalke’s life
For years, Mithun Chakraborty has been a victim of elite prejudice—what multiplex goers call a ‘downmarket’ star.
Parallel cinema of the 1970s and 80s remains influential in Bollywood though chances are you will not notice it
Kai Po Che star Sushant Singh Rajput has a back-up plan to run a canteen in Film City in case cinema begins to bore him
The mystery of why Joginder, father of the fabled lota dance, has fans just about everywhere. Even abroad
Mira Nair speaks of being a child of the street, her need for a talisman film while she is shooting, and of the perversity of item numbers
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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 Birth of Prem • Afraid of Himself
V Shoba follows the footsteps of a warrior king and listens to the voices of admiration and anger that echo his still volatile legacy
Modi has made the relationship more forward looking