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Cricket is Dirty Again

Cover Story

An insider account of how cricket’s cheats were caught

Stories in this issue

Why are Nanos Burning Up?

Until the afternoon of 21 March when he took delivery of his Lunar Silver coloured Nano, 36-year-old Satish Sawant was your average citizen leading a normal life. He was well settled as a consultant…

I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

The poet wrote a line that got lost in a bad poem: ‘Loneliness clings like a wet T-shirt’.  The Poet met the Photographer. Their furtive conversations at watering holes over cheap whisky, words…

Salman Khan has a Cold

Expect the unexpected. One Monday in Mumbai, a few hours before our scheduled interview, a call comes in. Salman Khan can’t get out of bed today—he’s struggling with a cold. You’ve been in the…

The Volunteer Trap

Foreigners who shell out good money to do social work in India often go back feeling cheated, misled and sometimes just ignored. In a poor country, the concept that people would actually pay to do…

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Twenty-four-year-old Atul Kulkarni is a marketing professional in Pune. He leads a busy but predictable life. The sameness of each day started to get to him. He decided that he had to do something he…

Big Fat Family

Ziona has his hands full. Not only with his 38 wives and 94 children, some of whom have their own families, but also with playing ‘father’ to 3,500 other families that belong to the Christian sect he…

Sex, Drugs, Cops in Hyderabad

Even in the overwrought world of Telugu cinema, a mustachioed police officer taking on the high and mighty of Hyderabad would make a perfect script for a potboiler. But for the fact that the villain…

Tips from the Fake IPL Player

LESSON ONE: LIFE ISN’T A WELL THOUGHT OUT STRATEGY John Lennon was right: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Fake IPL Player (FIP) wasn’t the result of a strategy, a…

Kalmadi Countdown

For any politician, there comes a day when nobody wants to trade places with you. For Suresh Kalmadi, it has been days and weeks together that this has been the case. Nobody wants to be in his shoes—…

Islam and Cricket Betting

There are no atheists in Pakistan’s newly disgraced cricket team. I cannot substantiate the hypothesis, but I would bet all my money on it. In fact, in recent times, the nation’s cricket team has…