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
N Dilip Kumar has always fought against corruption. Now retired, he writes about it
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.
Why Anna Hazare’s decision not to fast in Delhi is an admission of defeat
An exercise in bullshit that many of us must necessarily endure
A New Alliance • PDA Publicity • Harsh Lessons
A minor football victory over India for news tickers, a major cause of jubilation for Afghans
The commando who was reunited with his family 20 years after he was lost as a little boy, thanks to a tattoo
The US-Iran deal may open the way at last for the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline
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
She used to be a lonely old woman. Now she’s young, independent and secure
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
Shivaji Park remains the heart of Mumbai cricket despite the availability of numerous other grounds
“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”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says delivery drones should be up and flying in four or five years
Is a breakthrough in the rationalist’s assassination case imminent or is it all hogwash?
In Ayodhya, which is one of the most lawless towns in India, disciples are killing their gurus to usurp precious temple land
The Indian Civil Service officer who helped the Hindu Mahasabha lay claim to the Babri Masjid.
The Allahabad High Court’s verdict was a classic case of exceeding the brief
Modi’s plan to preside over an out-of-court settlement flops
The untold story of the night of 22-23 December 1949, when Rama was planted in Ayodhya. The night that decisively shaped India’s modern political history.
The talking heads who so insist have no idea what is at stake in Ayodhya
Jurisprudence is just as vital to the idea of India as maintaining communal equilibrium.
The court will soon decide who owns the Babri Masjid site. Whichever way the verdict goes, the politics of religion will make a comeback.
One of the 100 witnesses who deposed before the Liberhan Commission, the author makes a public deposition on what Liberhan did not get to hear.
Alienated Muslims seek refuge in conspiracy theories, while aimless Hindu youth look up to Ramlalla, the deity BJP owes its rise to
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Looking for a Lucky Break • Just Too Good to Give Up • The Unimportance of Being Earnest
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In the democracy they disdain, there should really be no place for either
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The interplay of these three ‘M’s is doing Indian democracy a gross disfavour
Negotiating the minefield
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In leading a Shiv Sena project, the NCP leader shores up support for a lifelong ambition
In Kerala, the Church fuels an agitation based on a misreading of an environmental report on the Western Ghats
The Kanchi peeth’s head has been cleared of the deed, but the Varadarajaperumal temple manager’s murder remains a mystery
The seamy side of the internet that you dare not explore
India’s underground BDSM practitioners want Bondage-Discipline-Sadism-Masochism seen as alternative sexuality, not deviant behaviour