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The Prince and the President

Cover Story

What Rahul Gandhi can learn from Barack Obama

Stories in this issue

Shock Therapy for Good Maths

By applying mild electrical current to the brain, researchers have shown that they could enhance a person’s mathematical performance for up to six months without influencing other cognitive functions…

The Bourbon and Dettol Chronicles

Big stars have odd quirks. A leading actress and former beauty queen demanded that her make-up van be stocked with several bottles of Dettol handwash, and half a dozen packets of Bourbon chocolate…

The Last Poem

A Ayyappan, a Malayalam poet of note, passed away on 22 October —it was not peace­ful. He was 61, living in penury and almost forgotten. He was found unconscious (succumb­ing finally to his…

So Numb and Pretty Awkward

Sonam Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan aren’t what you can describe as ‘good friends’,  even though they’ve acted in a movie together. Unit hands who worked on Delhi 6 say the two actors barely…

Vote for Love

A child’s mother sits on a doorstep, scouring her daughter’s freshly oiled hair for lice. A lady squats nimbly to wash cooking pots outside her home, and scolds her grandchild who plays in the suds.…

The Not So Secret Life of Ajay Sancheti

The Adarsh Housing Society scandal claimed its first victim as soon as Barack Obama left Indian soil. Just an hour before the winter session of Parliament began, the Congress decided to let…

Desperately Seeking Consensus

The end of Jana Andolan II in Nepal came in spring 2006 with the ouster of King Gyanendra. The royal family lost privileges. It now had to pay for electricity, even duty for dog food imported for…

India Is Not a Hindu Monochrome

The absurdity of MG Vaidya’s argument is revealed by carrying it to its logical end. He says a nation is three things, the idea of a sacred motherland, a shared history and a shared value system, i.e…

‘People Are the Nation’

In my piece titled ‘Take the Blame for Babri Demolition’, published in Open of 29 October, I hinted at the distinction between a state and a nation. I was prompted to write about this when I read…