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
Look Who’s off to Toronto • Just Not Discreet Enough
A judicial ruling that classifies Santhara alongside Sati and euthanasia is a case of law becoming bad philosophy
The wild onrush of individualism and the vanishing sense of national purpose. Can India avert a moral decline?
A thrilling and unexpected series victory for England in the Ashes of 2015 points to a troubling cultural change in world cricket
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 disquiet among Muslims in Mumbai
The limits and indispensability of free speech in the age of social media
Being Ajay Mafatlal in the life and times of India
How political parties in Bihar increasingly use fear as a tool to draw Muslim votes
The importance of resistance in an India where religious nationalism embraces global capitalism
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
Do we become digital hermits just to bypass the clamour and save our skins? Unfortunately, that doesn’t work. Because identity on the internet is something akin to a ‘blank vote’. You can be sure someone else will appropriate it if you don’t
Aesthetics is not a matter of arts alone in an age of stifling cultural battles
Why the platitudes of our time are not an alternative to the religious vision of the Bhagavad Gita
A political leadership that realises the sanctity of individual autonomy and the limits of the state is all the more relevant today
Let neither fear nor community piety usurp our freedom
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE presages a new role for India in a geo-politically important region
A band with quiet ambition that features a stand-up comic, a Bollywood lyricist and a seasoned alternative musician is like a house of cards waiting to crash. But Aisi Taisi Democracy is a brilliant act you may never have heard of
It’s not for nothing that Indian politicians are so conscious of what they wear
Our political and cultural freedoms began to be eroded from the day we became free
Award winning astronomer Nitya Kallivayalil is on a space odyssey. What is it about near-field cosmology that keeps her going?
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?
Having tom-tommed share ownership by the proletariat, China must have figured it had to keep prices up. Even after this crash, Chinese stocks are overpriced
With Cheteshwar Pujara belying his initial promise and Rohit Sharma victim to his own aggression, the Indian Test team seem clueless on who should play where
Artist couple Rehana and Shakil Saigol trace their roots to Kolkata, a city they say nourished their imagination
Including acronyms, informal greetings and a selfie in your job application isn’t the best idea
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
The writings of John Lang, who recorded the unexpected and the absurd of British India
A moving film on an unsung hero who built his lost love a ‘Taj Mahal’ in Bihar
Instead of a fresh look, this new version comes with faster software and fingerprint sensors
Office temperatures are usually set for the comfort of male workers, who feel warmer
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”
Women form 42 per cent of the country’s population and they have consistently been outperforming men on metrics such as literacy
Cigarettes made of basil leaves and green tea are now available for the ‘health-conscious’ smoker
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