What started as a photography assignment to capture a festival of pachyderms soon turned into a passion project for Anand Shinde
At the age of 84, S Paul, the man who shaped Indian photojournalism, still takes his camera out for a daily shoot
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
Sudesh Choudhary has broken a tradition spanning more than six centuries. Do men still set the limits of her power?
The author underwent female-to-male sex re-assignment surgery, but has been unable to switch his passport gender. The story of his struggle in his own words
Wandering the city at night with photographer Gavin Evans
Dare You Call Me Bossy! • Personal Grudges and Public Grouses • The Perfectionist’s Cube Obsession
The IB report on NGOs brings out the battle between the state and nature
What the death of Archibald Andrews says about the imperative of tolerance
The right to express oneself is an undeniable freedom. But isn’t the freedom not to write about what the markets, literary establishments and general Joes demand an equally enshrined liberty?
Indian women may have made their mark in several fields of excellence. Newer horizons are still waiting for them. Are they up to it?
The pitiful predicament of Moninder Singh Pandher, the other accused in the Nithari killings case
When Indian soldiers defended what God abandoned and risked their life in the faraway fields of the First World War a century ago
Cricket and Pakistan: When military dictators and politicians thought they could win the people through a surrogate triumph on a playing field
Time to strike a balance between justice and prosperity
And why India should be really worried
What is it about his appeal that we have all missed?
How the novelist in her simplistic rhetoric on caste got Gandhi wrong
The Modi Government should not yield to frivolous anti-English protests over the civil services test
India’s political and cultural life is still subservient to borrowed ideas
That is what the Prime Minister is on the global stage
Bangalore is India’s Silicon Valley—at a price. Are its suicide levels, higher than elsewhere in urban India, any indication of its future?
By 2019, India will have over 300,000 ultra high net worth individuals armed with Rs 408 lakh crore
Komaleeswaran Sankar officiated as an assistant referee in three matches at the 2002 World Cup. He shares the thrill of being the first Indian ever to participate in a World Cup
The tallest tower of Indian cinema returns to television with high drama
The fastest growing yogi of India doubles as a modern-day Kabir to spread the gospel of peace. We meet Sri M who was once Mumtaz Ali Khan
Designers strike a stunning balance between tradition and modernity as the sari becomes the newest style statement
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.
Stretching from Partition through recent violence against women, the work of Amar Kanwar is a constant conversation with history. The reclusive artist explains why
Why Indian politicians are bad memoirists. An underdeveloped genre and the greater publishing possibilities it offers
Invoking the innocence of our ancestors, this film offers an indictment of human folly
A powerful system that allows you to play disc jockey at your own party
Humanity’s igreat leap was brought on by a decrease in testosterone levels
India’s only company that makes voters’ ink safeguards its chemical formula as a ‘State secret’ even though it’s easy to erase
“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”
The CBI found Rs 10.5 lakh in cash, gold jewellery and property papers in Kumar’s residence
A pest menace has led coffee planters to burn over 35 lakh plants, endangering India’s coffee output
A film that talks of issues mainstream Hindi cinema has abandoned
The Jashn-e Khusrau festival gave qawwals a new destination.
The families of Surabhi Theatres have been on stage for 125 years. Now they are struggling to keep the art alive.
A world of extreme tech and ancient tradition. Sci-fi fans, strap your seat belts for a completely cool trip.
The search for a lost song opens out a vast furrow of other half-remembered songs and those histories that have been forcefully banished into oblivion.
“I work within the rules, but I find the little loopholes that allow me to do my own thing.” —Sofie Ashraf, 21
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The woman believed to be the wife of the most powerful man in Gujarat lives in a one-room home
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The new wave of anti-Semitism is sustained by an ahistorical misreading of the origins of terror and the struggle for existence
It was the other Dandi, led by C Rajagopalachari. Salt manufacturing in this coastal town of Tamil Nadu is in a crisis
India according to a freedom child
The warrior president of the BJP is all set for his second battle. Inside the new saffron high command
Freedom according to an Emergency child
Once it was a raging controversy in Kerala and Karnataka. What has come to be known as Love Jihad today divides western Uttar Pradesh along communal and political lines. We travel through the so-called love-infested terrain
Gandhi’s march here was one of the most dramatic moments in Indian history. The villagers today want to march out
India according to a liberalisation child
Gandhi used a temple agitation in Kerala to make it a larger movement for independence. The shrine of Shiva, an architectural marvel, continues to attract believers and nature lovers
The dark art of healing is thriving in Kerala. We meet those who promise freedom from death, disease, demons, enemies—and their victims