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
On the dive bar as a haven for the trend-bucking citydweller
She was not an actress; her greatest performance was in playing herself: Suchitra Sen, the luminous superstar.
When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive
Twenty-year-old biker stuntwoman Pooja Rathod talks about riding on a wall and risking her neck for her independence
Inside the ladies’ compartment of the Mumbai local is a world that is both strange and familiar, compassionate and vicious; where lives are saved by generous hands.
Good doesn’t necessarily follow from blackening someone’s face, even if it appears to be deserved
Deepika in Demand • Shahid’s Getaway • A Hot and Heavy History
No autocrat as sanguineous as Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is at work today, and it’s nostalgia that drives his extraterritorial ambition.
YouTube could kill TV and movie stars in upper class India, if that hasn’t happened already
Driven out of Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have become the nowhere people of Asia
Deal makers, king makers and wannabe kings are at play
A badly conceived regulator would serve no purpose in this crucial sector
Cases against Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan remain unresolved as the IPL kicks off another season with a colourful auction
Behind India’s most-talked-about talk show
When cosmetic surgery goes wrong
Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis
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.
Acquiring a taste for theatre at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala
In her new book, Russian-American writer Masha Gessen puts the spotlight on the spirit of defiance that marks Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot
American nationalism and biopics dominate this year’s Academy Awards
An impressively versatile machine if you’re looking for a Windows 8 tablet and computer
A new study finds that becoming a dad lowers one’s testosterone level
A drive against youngsters smoking marijuana takes a bizarre turn
“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”
Gulaab Gang director Soumik Sen denies that his film is based on the real life Gulabi Gang
After a record-holding ophthalmologist is barred from his hospital for 10 days, surgeries pile up
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Bangalore’s Heritage Museum of Packing charts the evolution of packaging
A lone rider turns his passion for biking and vintage bikes into a quaint café-cum-museum enterprise
Galileo Galilei’s fingers had mysteriously disappeared from his dead body after being last heard of in 1905. Until this year
This museum stores memories of love relationships, post their expiry dates. Open talks to founder and curator Olinka Vištica
A little away from Kolhapur is a unique museum: a village sculpted from stone, brick and cement
We are all equal because we all wear underpants. That’s the idea behind artist Jan Bucquoy’s underpants museum in Brussels.
Public art is shaping up in Delhi. Unlike gallery art, this encourages people’s participation in conception
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An Old Rivalry • Hrithik’s Gift to Ranveer • One is Not Enough
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The pornography of poverty is the aesthetic of the desperate populist. And there is no place more rewarding than India for him.
Is it the end of Hindu victimhood?
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In India, faith may not be in power but the faithful is empowered by the State that is not committed to freedom
What a book by Mata Amritanandamayi’s former personal assistant says about the pitfalls of faith
Forget the howling majority, death penalty is a denial of individual rights
Why the prospects of the Congress’ fifth-generation dynastic gamble hang by a slender thread
The great Maratha warrior’s descendant, Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale, faces a credibility crisis
Tamil sub-nationalism and political opportunism over Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination
Introducing gender sensitivity in classrooms
Dravidian pride returns to rule Tamil Nadu politics