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.
The obtuseness of the mob that hounded a boy who kicked a cat
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 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
Snapshots from some of the winning constituencies of the Aam Aadmi Party
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?
A scheme for Muslim women gives the opposition pre-poll ammunition against the Congress in an electorally crucial state
The 41-year-old Gandhi’s increased activity in Rae Bareli lends credence to recent speculation that she will soon play a greater role for the Congress
The Congress and BSP are eyeball-to-eyeball over an alliance for 2014’s Lok Sabha polls
The Congress Vice-president dumps inner-party democracy in Amethi
Some commentators have no qualms absolving the Congress on behalf of an entire community
On Telangana, the party displays an attitude that will hurt it more than it realises
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh speaks to Open.
The Congress continues to spin the news in favour of the Gandhis, but why do TV networks let it?
Is Maharashtra’s Chief Minister just too squeaky clean for his own good?
The sorry tale of how the Congress has failed Muslims on a key promise yet again
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A different view of the Aarushi murder case
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A case that challenged India’s system of criminal justice
Looking for a Lucky Break • Just Too Good to Give Up • The Unimportance of Being Earnest
…and the case for dignity in reporting on rape
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In the democracy they disdain, there should really be no place for either
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11 Members of Parliament, cutting across party lines, caught on camera accepting bribes to lobby for a fictitious oil firm.
The commando who was reunited with his family 20 years after he was lost as a little boy, thanks to a tattoo
Why the Supreme Court verdict upholding Section 377 is a loss for everyone
Unlike Delhi, Maharashtra has several strong regional parties that command huge support. And Kejriwal’s old friend Anna Hazare is not a big fan of the AAP either
Why the pundits got Kejriwal wrong
The seamy side of the internet that you dare not explore
The Kanchi peeth’s head has been cleared of the deed, but the Varadarajaperumal temple manager’s murder remains a mystery
Negotiating the minefield
India’s underground BDSM practitioners want Bondage-Discipline-Sadism-Masochism seen as alternative sexuality, not deviant behaviour