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
Time to Get Serious? • Two Filmmakers in the Dumps
Intimations of soft fascism
It was part two of the Indian enchanter in America, and this time Narendra Modi was feted as the man who will accompany Silicon Valley to its next level of glory, even as the Valley takes India with it—to heights as yet unforeseen, except in the mind of the man who once sold tea on the sort of railway platform that will soon be kitted out with free WiFi by Google
There is a special pleasure in viewing the dissonant sensibilities of Rakhi Peswani and Zakkir Hussain, making statements in individual voices but ultimately connecting dots across artistic styles, historical eras and geographical regions near and far
Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left rebel who is now the Labour leader, could be a passing phenomenon. Will he meet Narendra Modi when the Indian Prime Minister visits London in November?
A majestic narrative on the Silk Roads retells global history where West and Central Asia form the axis of power play. The historian as a captivating storyteller is less convincing when he turns prophetic. The roads may not rise again
On the sudden explosion of interest in Mars
Dwarfed by doubts and hobbled by a lack of political will, India has for so long failed to play out its inherent strength. Can Prime Minister Narendra Modi unlock the great-power potential of the country? A new book by one of India’s foremost strategic thinkers anatomises the power paradigms of a nation in transition
As the state gears up for its first phase of voting on 12 October, EVM prototypes are selling like hot cakes as awareness material
Let’s assume that skill in the kitchen is gender-neutral. If so, why is a man more likely than a woman to be taken seriously as a chef? It is perception that creates the illusion of a distinction between men and women in the kitchen
Are Islamic terrorists, executioners of the digital age, ahead of the curve?
Is Rajiv Malhotra the sole spokesman of Hindu thought? An argument against the culture of fear
Modi has to regain the argument at home by not letting the mad men of the Hindu Right undermine his ambition
Subhas Chandra Bose: Legend, legacy, folklore, conspiracy and the politics of hidden files
Complexity, despair and hope in Bihar
In praise of the new Indian man
The Deccani art patronised by the religious reconciler Ibrahim Adil Shah II of the Bijapur kingdom is an unparalleled alchemy of dream and fantasy
A nation struggling to recover from one crisis has been hit by another
Award winning astronomer Nitya Kallivayalil is on a space odyssey. What is it about near-field cosmology that keeps her going?
Lalu Prasad’s real fight is for the family
The sforzando of Raghuram Rajan’s music is his half a percentage point rate cut, a dramatic easing of credit that could be just the stimulus India’s economy needs
How Sahara Force India has made a mark in the F1 circuit. The story of a team that is racing ahead despite financial constraints
The prolific performer of Bollywood defies boundaries and labels
The ad genius who has sold Modi and more
Bringing the Godavari and the Krishna together in Andhra Pradesh marks India’s first river-linking project. Has life too changed course?
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.
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The much-misunderstood Sir Jadunath Sarkar gets his due—finally
This is an engagingly written and well made film that draws you in and keeps you watching
Just switch it on and it will vacuum clean your floors even when you’re not home
To be happy and content in later life, says this study, a man must achieve career stability by 27
Lashkar-e-Islam first stormed the Valley with posters that threatened mobile network providers, asking them to wind up their operations
“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 most popular Indian character, until the current crop showed up on screens, was the cartoon character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons
Mumbai’s civic body proposes feeding these birds contraceptive drugs to contain their population
The black market in VIP mobile phone numbers
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The love story of a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, the war between their parents, and a truce that came too late.
A different view of the Aarushi murder case
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The killing of a man over rumours of beef eating in a western UP village brings out the worst instincts of electoral politics and casts a shadow on the modernisation programme of the Prime Minister
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The growing men’s rights movement in India gets more members from the opposite sex
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The battle against body shaming
Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s magisterial memoir further underlines the truth that the consolidation of India’s own nationhood depends crucially on our being able to look on Pakistan as a friend and neighbour, not as a threat and an enemy