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
No Longer a Safe Bet • Convenient Fiction?
"The concept of a divine Jesus makes no sense to me." A morning with the writer who loves everything hidden
Why the hereditary power of the Shahi Imamate of Delhi is both anti-democratic and anti-Quranic
He did a far better job of gaining knowledge of the larger sweep of history than any of his contemporaries. The confidence with which we condemn Nehru exposes the narrowness of our certainties more than it detracts from his achievements
From his sartorial elegance to linguistic flair to sexual charisma, Nehru was the aesthete-moderniser
The uneasy relationship between the proud Feroze Gandhi and the detached Jawaharlal Nehru
A literary journey that began from the jasmine-wreathed verandah of ancestry reaches the expansive and exhilarating world of the great Indian sensibility
Instead of a ban on loose cigarettes why not just stop all production
Narendra Modi and the steroid theory of politics
Auteur Audacious The Malayalam film Njan (Myself) by Ranjith is one of this year’s most original films. Here, the novelist on whose work the film is based pays his tribute to the genius of his friend and collaborator Ranjith
Nehru bided his time and came out trumps. Bose rebelled against the mainstream and found himself as an unsuccessful De Gaulle
How Hindu majoritarianism has undermined the Nehruvian legacy
It was in 1953 that Kashmir’s estrangement from the Indian Union began. Blame it on Nehru
The three ‘shocks’ that are transforming India. But don’t expect miracles
How Sulemani Keeda takes a wonderfully angular look at Bollywood
The fall of Robin L Raphel and an old diplomatic peeve
What would Nehru have done if he were alive today, amidst the war between modernity and religiosity?
How he juggled with supreme ease the personal and the public
The letters of India’s first Prime Minister to his chief ministers are lessons that are not always socialist in nation building
Shame: the Nehru Papers are still inaccessible to most Indian scholars and researchers
Popular cooking shows are tipping the gender balance in the conservative Indian kitchen
To me, New York City represented everything transgressive
Aatish Taseer’s new novel is a modern classic on being Indian
How e-commerce firms, their war chests overflowing with recent funding, are taking on each other like never before
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
Rameshwar Broota’s examination of the male anatomy poses questions about vulnerability and brutality, the ravages of age and time, and the very essence of existence
Can you think of any shop that would sell a toothpaste, or a 67-year-old newspaper, or an aircraft? The curious world of online classifieds
Designers strike a stunning balance between tradition and modernity as the sari becomes the newest style statement
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh speaks to Open.
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.
Anu Malhotra’s debut exhibition shows the artist’s obsession with journeys
A courtesan-turned-spy frolics in Pataliputra, revealing Mauryan mischief
A dull romcom and an even duller parody of the genre, this film falls dead flat
An ultra luxury smartphone with a powerful processor
Yes, according to a study that takes an evolutionary perspective
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”
In total, an estimated 38.5 million live like slaves globally, and India accounts for 14 million of them
Kerala HC will soon decide if a woman who has a child through surrogacy is entitled to maternity benefits
A reckless Mamata Banerjee reduces Islamist terror to a Centre-state dispute
What Sanskrit has meant to me
New findings raise an old question: Do South Indians belong to the Indus Valley Civilisation?
Here is a cricketer who was too young to consume the bottle of champagne he received upon winning his first man-of-the-match honour. The legend of Sachin Tendulkar in his own words
As the last of the Indian sailors held by Somalian pirates return home, survivors relive the horrors of being held hostage for years
Aatish Taseer's new novel, The Way Things Were, is an Indian classic spanning the eventful decades between the Emergency and the advent of Modi, set in Lutyens' Delhi. The novelist in conversation with the Editor of Open magazine
Geetu Mohandas, director of India’s official pick for the best foreign film Oscar, on what drew her as an actor to the other side of the camera
We travel through Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district where 29 idyllic villages are set to make way for Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s promised capital city of Singapore-in-Andhra
They were the big guns of the UPA Government, and the most sought after in Delhi once. Where are they now?