Previous Issues

The Personal Side of Freedom

Cover Story

The story of our struggle for freedom told through the lives of extraordinary and regular men and women

Stories in this issue

Why I Slept with 1300 Women

I remember the first time I had sex—I still have the receipt. The girl was alive, as far as I could tell, she was warm and she was better than nothing. She cost me £20. I was 16 then and I’m 47 now.…

My Father the Fanatic

The history of the Indian independence movement is multilay­ered; some would say that the movement of non-violence spearhead­ed by Mahatma Gandhi led our country to freedom, while others would say it…

More than Just Talk

Kamal Haasan on scriptwriting and the charm of historical fiction Q Does fiction bring out a cityscape better than documentary? A History is fiction according to the unsung. Our own Indian history…

Chennai, I Love You

In early June 2009, the classrooms of IIT Chennai, reverberated to a different beat. For once, the blackboards in this prestigious institution were not filled with sine curves and abstract models of…

Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid of Swine Flu

With India reporting its first swine flu deaths, hospitals in Pune, Mumbai and Delhi are seeing panic-stricken hordes with flu symptoms. But they should perhaps be more concerned if they don’t have…

Give My Body Back

I want my body back. If I abuse it, then I want the freedom to be able to harm myself alone. If I care for it, it should be for my satisfaction and vanity alone. Indeed, I believe I cannot even allow…

News for the Newly Literate

In Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, people are learning about political issues, governance and gender education through a newspaper produced and marketed by women. Khabar Lahariya, a project by…

Monkey Business in Kolkata

Caged inmates of the Kolkata zoo got a taste of what hapless citizens have to suffer: wild, slogan-shouting politicians. Reason: the theft of eight rare Brazilian monkeys (common marmosets) from the…

The Adventures of Captain Kargil

A 29-year-old merchant navy officer’s comic book on Captain Vikram Batra of the Indian Army, who died in Kargil, is attracting lots of attention. Called the Indian war comics series and distributed…

Taxing Legacy

Last Tuesday happened to be the 150th death anniversary of James Wilson, the man sent from London to establish the tax structure, a new paper currency and remodel the finance system of India after…