Sarah Cohen, 92, is one of the last surviving members of the Jewish community of Mattancherry, an area around the 1568-built Paradesi Synagogue in Kochi, Kerala. Often called White Jews, or Cochin Jews, they number less than 10 today. Wearing a traditional kippa, Sarah sits by the window of her home-cum-shop, where she embroiders Jewish motifs on caps. The town that once flourished with trade and Hebrew culture has been taken over by antique shops and a spice market. This tiny community of Malayalam-speaking Jews continues to follow ancient Judaic traditions and rituals0
Sitaram Yechury incurs the displeasure of party leaders who want action, not talk, as the new chief goes ahead with plans to hold a plenum in November, just months ahead of crucial polls in Kerala where it is battling against heavy odds to wrest power from the Congress and in West Bengal where it is struggling to retain its second position
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
Back to back arrests of three accused who had been absconding for 13 years brings one of India’s most volatile datelines back into focus. Strangely, they seem to have been right under the noses of the police all this while
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