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Where to Go This Summer

Cover Story

Wildflowers to water-skiing, breathtaking views to oodles of fun for the kids. We offer you a dozen choices.

Stories in this issue

Britain’s New Coalition

The Big Ben struck 10 on the morning of 7 May, waking Britons to the foregone conclusion that they had not voted any single party to power in the general election the day before. The country’s…

Backward Intervention

Everyone noticed the politics of semiotics; the visual images, or even the lack of them, were unforgettable. On 7 May, when Anil Ambani, with a distinct teeka on his forehead, entered the court, he…

Confessions of a Bomb Squad Policeman

“We never know the composition of a bomb and recent blasts have shown that in every case, the ingredients are different. We can’t go... presuming every bomb has RDX.” I am scared of my uniform…

Business Briefing 15/05

Indecent Mobile Proposal There can hardly be another country in the world with a significantly large economy that has a telecom policy as muddled as India’s. Former telecom entrepreneur Rajeev…

The Worst Session Ever

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar began her customary valedictory speech a little over an hour after lunch break on 7 May, the last day of the Budget session of Parliament. This is how the Speaker wraps…

India This Week

A Chinese Takeaway in Madhya Pradesh China has the dubious distinction of dislocating over a million people to construct the Three Gorges Dam. Now add a few more from India to the figure. The China…

Warren Buffett’s Fall From Grace

Anyone who hasn’t been within three miles of a stock exchange in life, let alone invest, knows who Warren Buffett is. He is history’s greatest investor, the third richest man in the world—$47 billion…

The Persistence of Caste

The Out-caste is a by-product of the Caste-system. There will be out-castes as long as there are castes. Nothing can emancipate the Out-caste except the destruction of the Caste-system. —BR Ambedkar…

Eats, Shoots and Leaves Us Sad

Legendary conservation biologist Devra Gail Kleiman, known for single-handedly saving a species, passed away recently at George Washington University Hospital from cancer. In the early 1970s, when…

Hurriedly Seeking Taj

Some passengers on international cruise liners go to extreme lengths to see the Taj Mahal. The ships generally make short stops at ports like Mumbai. Usually they resume their voyage within 24 hours…