New Year 2016 Issue

New Year Issue: Editor’s Note ~ S Prasannarajan
A celebration of storytelling


Being a Conservative ~ Swapan Dasgupta
Reconciling the eternal India with the changing India


Reading the Lives of Others ~ by Srinath Raghavan
The intimate pleasures of biography

India Through Slogans ~ by PR Ramesh
The political art of mesmerising the mass mind with minimum usage of words

DNA Is Destiny ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
A genetic history of Indian ancestry

The Learning Curve ~ by Ullekh NP
Can BHU be redeemed as the university turns 100?

A Political History of Hygiene ~ by Siddharth Singh
Imagining Clean India from Gandhi’s ashram

Out of Africa ~ by James Astill
The romance of being a foreign correspondent

The First Indian ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
Who are we? A question as old as 74,000 years

A Portrait of Gokarna ~ by V Shoba
Sun, sand and other nourishments for the senses and the spirit on Om Beach

The Ultimate Souvenir ~ by Charmy Harikrishnan
The art and alchemy of the magic mirror from Kerala

The Mahabharata Moment ~ by Bibek Debroy
An epic meditation on being and everythingness

Three-Seven-Seven And the Blue Gay Gene ~ by Upamanyu Chatterjee
"The case history of 377 is gripping; it reflects what we have thought about morality over the last 150 years. If you ask me, it really is time to move on, turn the page"