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Will you join politics if this man asks?

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Will you join politics if this man asks?

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Not the Typical Saas-Bahu Serial Writer

Maharashtra Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan has the most unusual of hobbies. Neela Satyanarayan’s primary identity is as the first woman Election Commissioner of Maharashtra. At work, she is…

Memories of the Future

The ability to remember helps not just to glimpse into the past; a sharp memory can help with creativity, productivity and even the ability to imagine the future, according to several psychologists.…

In Mizoram, the Omen

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or…

Saving Afghan Treasures

A jangling phone shattered the cultivated silence in The British Museum’s office in London. A curator’s hand hovered over it, and then picked it up slowly. It was late 2001. Over the sound of howling…

Return of the LP

In his second floor apartment in Bombay, close to the Mount Mary Church, Denzil Smith puts the needle on a record. The stylus rides the blank grooves for a few seconds till the trumpets break in and…

Armoured Core Competence

It’s an unlikely setting. Or a very likely one, on second thoughts. As you race past Punjab’s busy city of Jalandhar on the Grand Trunk Road on your way from Delhi, you encounter a roundabout that…

When to Visit the Shrink

I remember one patient who came in and said she needed to reduce her dosage. I asked her if the antidepressants were working, and she said something I’ll never forget. ‘Yes, they’re working great,’…

Masters of the Universe

A young man of striking looks, his long brown hair framing his face, his suit offset by an oversized wine-red cravat and a trademark spider brooch the size of a palm, is being followed around a vast…

India Inc’s Biggest Headhunt

There are some things almost every Indian who knows anything knows. That India won independence in 1947. That Satyamev Jayate is the national motto. And that the brand-name Tata stands for ‘trust’.…

In Defence of the MPs’ Pay Hike

Members of Parliament giving themselves a hefty pay hike endorses the stereotype of a self-serving political class that is cynically uncaring about the people’s needs but is very zealous about…