A woman looks at a huge hoarding of a fairness product in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh. The advertisement, which says ‘Beauty is power’, is typical of complexion lightening products in India that project people—mostly women—with relatively dark skin as facing problems that range from job and matrimonial rejections to low self-esteem and social underconfidence0
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