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
Ingrate Expectations • The Lady They’re All Talking About
India needs more from the man who has broken the Nehruvian establishment
Would Ono have been remembered as an artist in the league of Andy Warhol had she never been associated with Lennon, had she only produced her non-Lennon work and not been glorified or castigated as the legendary singer’s widow?
Communists like Raul Castro and Sitaram Yechury face a Trotskyan moment today
The writing is on the wall for both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and ODIs
A special issue on ‘Islam and terrorism’ by Urdu magazine Haftroza Nai Duniya distorts facts, disfigures history and denies misdeeds
The Indian music scene has more players than all seasons of Game of Thrones put together, but there are few who can give the audience a great time. Here are some of the festival circuit bands you must check out
India’s biggest cultural export to the West has become an American way of enlightened life
Amitav Ghosh in his historical Ibis trilogy reclaims the story of the victims told for so long by the imperial winners
In Milan Kundera's new novel the joke is on himself, and even Stalin, his favourite beast, can't resist laughing
Where history flows through the Mayyazhi river
Visit this Harappan site to marvel at the ancient civilisation’s quest for perfection
Award winning astronomer Nitya Kallivayalil is on a space odyssey. What is it about near-field cosmology that keeps her going?
An Open Investigation
For all the wails and groans in the air, the EU is a political project as much as an economic one. And anyone who favours ‘unity in diversity’ should be pardoned a soft spot for the euro
The suicide pact made by four teenage gold medallists in Kerala points to a larger malaise in the administration of the Sports Authority of India
Unfreedom and the difficulty of screening a movie that features lesbians in India
Food inspectors say they’re up to the challenge of keeping people safe, even taking on powerful business interests—if only they were better equipped for it
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.
Lamented • The Pulitzer Poet • Christie’s Again • Cultural Bully • The Indian Banksy • A Millennium for DDLJ • The New Bestselling Genre • The Yogi Departs
Profiles of business leaders whose examples of success are crucial now more than ever before for India’s future as a market economy
A pointless sequel that doesn’t even spotlight its showpiece, the dancing of Prabhu Deva
Combining carbon and metal, Hublot offers a sporty series with an exclusive bezel
A study throws light on the evolution of drinking alcohol
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”
Gajendra Chauhan’s FTII posting is viewed as politically motivated and students are worried that this might affect their creative freedom
Chicken, low in nutrients and high in price, is not a viable alternative for police dogs in Maharashtra
Senior bureaucrats in Bengal want to move out before Mamata Banerjee moves in.
In retaliation for a calf’s death, an angry elephant in Bengal attacks trains that dare move.
Bengal offers Maoists incentives to surrender, Maoists make better offer to police personnel
The fate of West Bengal is linked in many ways to how the CPM deals with the confusion that has gripped it over the years.
The despondent Left in West Bengal may be in for some real trouble real soon. The Congress and Trinamool are working towards an alliance to oust them from power in the state.
Residents of Kasba in south Kolkata are opposing the construction of a law college because it would interfere with the lifestyle of civets in the vicinity.
Post civic polls win, the Trinamool chief has constituted jumbo committees with an army of advisors.
However, the margins in many seats were narrow. And, for the party to perform in the Assembly polls, it will have to deliver in the municipalities.
Bengal’s police chief Bhupinder Singh is poised to become godfather to children of a policeman slain by Maoists.
Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee has asked Bengal’s ‘good’ (read: fair and apolitical) police officers to go on leave.
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The rise of Anant Singh and the sham of Nitish Kumar’s clean politics
Priya was raped by her father and brother for nine years till she saw on television the protests against the 16 December gang-rape
Racecourse legend, industrialist, philanthropist and unforgiving father. We chronicle the triumphs and trials of MAM Ramaswamy
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India’s most revered yoga centre abhors publicity and turns away casual seekers. Ullekh NP in Munger chronicles the legend of the Bihar School of Yoga
Going Strong • Talk Show Tango
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Baby Patankar, who introduced Meow Meow to the city and was arrested on 22 April, is said to be worth over Rs 100 crore
Cosy in their make-believe, the revolutionaries of JNU campus are in permanent denial
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Parallel Lives and Discord • Propaganda No One’s Buying
On its fiftieth anniversary, Shiv Sena is a caricature of its former self
New Delhi’s muscular new security doctrine could have a far-reaching impact over the years
Champagne soirées, luxury sailing trips and vintage masquerade balls. Dating cliques play Cupid to urban India’s well off
How a disgraced cricket czar in exile, an indiscreet foreign minister and a royally aloof chief minister have created the first big moral embarrassment for the Narendra Modi Government. The inside story
Who killed Jagendra Singh—and why? Text and photographs by Omkar Khandekar in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh