Cartoonist Nitin Late sketches a portrait of Somnath Darade, a sub inspector from the MRA Marg police station in Crawford Market, Mumbai. During the recently concluded Kala Ghoda festival, he was busy making portraits of almost all the cops stationed near the festival venue either for free or for whatever they offered. Nitin moonlights as a freelance sketch artist with the Mumbai Police, and makes sketches of offenders based on descriptions. He is also a ‘friend of the homeless and the sick’— ‘Rugna Mitra’ in Marathi.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