Annadurai, an autorickshaw driver in Chennai, was standing outside a railway station two years ago when a man asked if he could use his mobile phone to make an urgent call. Annadurai let him make that call for free and that’s when inspiration struck. Inside his vehicle now, passengers can charge and recharge their mobile phones and DTH packages, enter their names for prize contests, even avail discounts on special days. Annadurai also spends Rs 4,000 on monthly subscriptions to 35 magazines and newspapers and another Rs 1,000 for a Wi-Fi facility he offers passengers.0
Perpetrators prefer using a poisonous delicacy when they want to get away with murder. Food offers a very convenient way of avoiding detection. Despite all his precautions, rumour has it that even the Roman Emperor Augustus could not escape being slowly poisoned to death by his wife
The age-old Jain practice of Santhara has been held illegal by a court, raising old questions anew. Does the state own every life under it, or does our right to life also include the right to stop living?
Indian pilots spared Pakistani civilians in the 1965 war that started after a wily Zulfikar Ali Bhutto instigated General Ayub Khan to send soldiers to create trouble in Kashmir. Fifty years later, the author revisits the war for lessons learnt and tales of bravery