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The Rahul Effect

Cover Story

If elections were held in Uttar Pradesh today, the Congress’ vote share would likely go up 110%, thanks to this man.

Stories in this issue

Hardly Diwali

Daley Thompson versus Jurgen Hingsen. One of the most captivating rivalries in sports history. They were decathletes. Hingsen, a six foot six inch German with blonde hair, was the epitome of an…

Video Gaga: Meet India’s Videogame Warriors

For the past three years, these young men have spent nearly every waking hour representing the country at, ahem, videogames. Team ATE, which excels at the first-person shooter Counter-Strike, have…

Sena on Call, Marathi Style

It’s a call centre alright. Over 100 youngsters man phones round the clock here. But no American twang, the only condition for employment here is fluency in Marathi. Because the employer happens to…

Bangladesh’s Special Rat Taskforce

Two men have gone on an all-out war. Their enemy is the rat. Both live in Bangladesh. Farmer Mokhairul Islam was rewarded by the government for killing 83,450 rats over the last nine months. But he…

Palestine Gets the First Tweet Street

‘@arjanelfassed tweetstreet’, in the Palestinian refugee camp of Askar, has become the world’s first street named after a Twitter account. This is what Arjan El Fassed, a Netherlands-based Dutch-…

Getting in Toon with Sonia and Manmohan

Here is a chance to make Rs 1 lakh by caricaturing UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Cartoonists (IIC) has announced an unusual…

Grieving for Gourmet

It killed our appetite when we heard it. Gourmet, that trend-defining, indeed gold standard of food magazines, is closing. The November issue will be its last. This comes after publisher Conde Nast…

Now, This Guy Can Be Your Facebook Buddie

You can now be friends with a rare Ugandan mountain gorilla on Facebook, or follow one on Twitter, or even follow one’s life through geo-tracking and GPS. It’s a strategy of tourism marketing and…

De-carboned Pani

Free water. Without branded plastic casings. Bundanoon was the first town in Australia and possibly the world to ban bottled water. It unveiled water stations and drinking fountains where parched…

New Low for Singapore’s Ris Low

Ever since Ris Low won the Miss Singapore title, the 19-year-old’s life has been hitting new lows. Soon after the crowning, it was revealed she had been convicted a year ago for using stolen credit…