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
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?
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
Majoritarian hubris and the writers’ protest
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
It might last longer than the Cold War
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
Mythicised or misunderstood, RSS is an organisation whose influence is a permanent topic of contention
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
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
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
Wealth is a neglected domain in our scriptures because they were written by brahmins and that is also why artha is intertwined with dharma
Astute manipulation of the caste matrix and a savvy campaign led the Grand Alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad to an epochal victory. The BJP underestimated the power of its opponent and fell victim to its own contradictions
The masala bonds to be traded on the LSE are a timely idea, but for these to acquire a reputation for safety, global investors would need to be assured of the rupee’s stability
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
A south Indian delicacy returns to its north Indian roots in an online avatar
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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This passionate tribute to Smita Patil celebrates the actress’ great instinct and intensity
With no redeeming sub-plots, supporting actors, catchy songs or memorable dialogues, this Rajshri film is a disgrace to its kind
One of the best point-and-shoot compact cameras available
Heavy rainfall in the state has led to the deaths of at least 71 individuals, 59 of them in Chennai alone
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”
Nestle sent the new batches produced in its Karnataka, Punjab and Goa plants for testing in three government approved laboratories which deemed them fine
The plan to acquire six penguins for Mumbai’s zoo is proving far more expensive than once thought
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Madhuri Dixit claims she is boring and non-controversial in her real life but does not mind boldness in her roles. That is what drew her to Dedh Ishqiya
In more than 30 years of showbiz journalism, Mohamed has seen it all. The film critic and director reveals how movie stars became his surrogate family
Hard worker, Govinda fan, Kareena agnostic, non-reader, big dreamer and former chubby kid—Ranveer Singh is an unexpected movie star, and the surprise is entirely pleasant
The world according to Sonu Nigam
Love blooms or disintegrates, chief ministers sit ignored, drunken stars get sentimental and call each other ‘bro’
Anonymous tweeters are taking the mickey out of superstars like Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.
He’s moody. He ditches. He can destroy careers. So what is it about Salman Khan that makes him so endearing?
Amitabh Bachchan makes up with Salim Khan and credits the stalwart with shaping his career as a ‘Angry Young Man.’
From adoption of kittens to underworld calls from Dubai, there’s an entire industry of spin doctors churning out fake news.
Open caught up with Angelina Jolie in Cancun, Mexico, and sought the woman behind the superstar.
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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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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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Gigi Scaria explores the long shadows cast by rapid urbanisation on the human experience in his new show
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