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The Bellary Alarum

There’ something about Bellarythat rings bells across India. It’s that quaint place in Karnataka that once saw the promise of an all-woman battle royale between leaders of India’s two national…

The Decency of the Atheist

It is confusing to see a healer in a wheelchair, but the miracle man made the irony disappear. When Sai Baba visited Bombay this week, waiting to fall at his feet were some of the most powerful men…

The House Doesn’t Always Win

I sit at Anjuna Beach, watching a waiter judgingly and grudgingly collect remnants of a mojito glass I have clumsily demolished, when a gentleman next to me decides to pick a conversation. “Oh, vodka…

The Taming of the Bull

A massive hoarding with a picture of a gigantic bull and an unarmed youngster who is trying to tame it greets those entering Alanganallur, an agrarian village near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Here, farmers…

Bisengaliev’s Symphony

Music leaked out of St James’ Church in London on to Piccadilly. Walking down Jermyn Street, Khushroo Suntook, then vice-chairman of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai,…

Deconstructing Hafeez Contractor

In Hafeez Contractor’s factory, hundreds of architects and draftsmen sit elbow to elbow to churn out buildings. From morning to night, their sole purpose is to draft and design the innumerable rough…

Business Briefing 07/11

Hope and Hype Despite the noises made by sections of Indian industry of a smart economic recovery, the real picture, it appears from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s recent utterances, is not…

In Pursuit of the Girl Child

The journey of abandoned girl babies from Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region to state-run homes turns out to have an unlikely guardian. In 2007, the state government introduced the Cradle and Bell…

India This Week

The Internal and Infernal Affairs of the NCP On 10 June when the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) celebrated its tenth anniversary, a belligerent Maharashtra unit chief RR Patil had castigated the…

The Truman Show and Sundry Spinoffs

Colors TV has a lot going for it. In a little more than a year of its launch, the channel—a joint venture between Raghav Bahl-promoted TV18 and global network Viacom—toppled Star Plus from the No 1…