New Year 2019 Issue

New Year 2019 Issue

S Prasannarajan | Makarand R Paranjape | TCA Raghavan | Madhavankutty Pillai | Ullekh NP | Siddharth Singh | V Shoba | Nandini Nair | Sumana Roy | Rahul Pandita | Rupika Chawla | Prema Jayakumar | Lhendup G Bhutia | Madhavi Menon | Amita Shah | Shylashri Shankar | Akhil Sood | Rajeev Masand

Editor’s Note ~ by S Prasannarajan
Gods, princes and women who dared

Why Vivekananda Matters More Today ~ by Makarand R Paranjape
Swami of the mind

1919: A Portrait ~ by TCA Raghavan
One hundred years after the year of reckoning

God of the Year: Ayyappa - A Life ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
The evolution of the deity at Sabarimala

Being a Punjabi ~ by Siddharth Singh
Marked by identity politics

The Cult of Draupadi ~ by V Shoba
In praise of an inclusive goddess

Of the Nude Self-Portrait ~ by Nandini Nair
Me and my self

Untouchability ~ by Sumana Roy
A short story

Clash at the Confluence ~ by Rahul Pandita
The two ideas of Prayagraj

The Quest for Immortality ~ by Ullekh NP
And the war on death

In the Nature of Art-full Politics ~ by Rupika Chawla
Painting on the canvas of freedom

I’m Not a Traitor ~ by Prema Jayakumar
A lot can be gained in translation

The Death of the Indian Libido ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
The sexual slowdown

What Does a Woman Want? ~ by Madhavi Menon
The politics of desire

The Spice Route ~ by Amita Shah
What’s it about Thalassery biryani

Best of Books 2018: Editor’s Choice ~ by S Prasannarajan
Flawed dreamers and hypnotic ideas

Best of Books 2018: My Choice ~ by Nandini Nair
William Dalrymple | Tishani Doshi | Srinath Raghavan | Aatish Taseer | KR Meera | Arshia Sattar | Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Best of Books 2018: Politics ~ by Siddharth Singh
The American role and the nature of Pakistan

Best of Books 2018: Poetry ~ by Sumana Roy
A biography of water, the Gita refreshed and a record of sounds

Best of Books 2018: Crime Fiction ~ by Shylashri Shankar
Unreliable narrators, bear poachers, undercover Russian agents and much more

Best of Music 2018 ~ by Akhil Sood
From a rejoinder to gun culture to the sound of hope

Best of Web Series 2018 ~ by Rajeev Masand
Must-watch online fare

Best of Cinema 2018 ~ by Rajeev Masand
From dark comedy to harrowing dramas