What started as a photography assignment to capture a festival of pachyderms soon turned into a passion project for Anand Shinde
At the age of 84, S Paul, the man who shaped Indian photojournalism, still takes his camera out for a daily shoot
Hanif Kureishi’s sharp new novel is not only a riff on the Naipaul-French saga, but also an exploration of his own fascination for writers and their habits
Sudesh Choudhary has broken a tradition spanning more than six centuries. Do men still set the limits of her power?
The author underwent female-to-male sex re-assignment surgery, but has been unable to switch his passport gender. The story of his struggle in his own words
Wandering the city at night with photographer Gavin Evans
Nuts over Dates • Feuding Filmstars • The Price of Lechery
The words of Nadine Gordimer (1923–2014) made South Africa a less dangerous place—and literature an argument for freedom
The success of rampaging Islamist warriors in Iraq poses a new global threat
Reservation does not spell prosperity for its avowed beneficiaries
How the novelist in her simplistic rhetoric on caste got Gandhi wrong
An adult for some crimes—and a juvenile for others?
The IB report on NGOs brings out the battle between the state and nature
Some measures to beat stress
An impending referendum in Scotland could bring about the end of a 307-year-old union—and the most successful nation state in history
How Bollywood’s Punjabi inflection unifies India
The last outpost of the Raj still survives in South Block
The defence sector needs the attention of Modi the moderniser, now
It was the World Cup where the myth of Brazilian football came to an inglorious finale
That is what the Prime Minister is on the global stage
As rebellion erupts and resentment grows in Congress, the leader is out of sight as usual. A party sliding deeper into irrelevance
If a large bank is unable to repay its creditors then the liquidity crunch could set off a domino chain of collapses all through the banking sector
Komaleeswaran Sankar officiated as an assistant referee in three matches at the 2002 World Cup. He shares the thrill of being the first Indian ever to participate in a World Cup
What sets her apart, says Vidya Balan, is her need to grab roles that demand what few others can deliver
The rise of vegetarian terrorism
Designers strike a stunning balance between tradition and modernity as the sari becomes the newest style statement
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in conversation with Chinki Sinha, as part of Open’s monthly Breakfast Chat series at Smoke House Deli
An Old Delhi neighbourhood full of highly skilled craftspeople struggles to survive, to keep some fragment of its poetry in a city whose priorities are far more prosaic.
Stretching from Partition through recent violence against women, the work of Amar Kanwar is a constant conversation with history. The reclusive artist explains why
This elegant novel about young people in Delhi is a quietly subversive commentary on urban Indian life—and one of the most original voices in recent Indian fiction
A cut-and-dried execution of a good concept renders this film an insipid watch
A tribute to the origin of video gaming, this machine is exclusively for the dedicated gamer
The evolutionary benefits of friendship
India’s only company that makes voters’ ink safeguards its chemical formula as a ‘State secret’ even though it’s easy to erase
“There have been deaths in my ambulance, but also births. At the set-up I work for, more than 13,000 babies were born in a vehicle”
Since 8 July, Hamas has fired nearly 1,000 rockets and mortars into Israel and the latter has carried out about 1,500 strikes
Muslim-owned eateries boycott soft drinks this Ramzan to protest the US support of Israel
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Inside the networks of lobbyists and power brokers who dictate how this country is run.
“What kind of story do you want? Because this will go as Counterpoint, so it will be like most-most read...” —VIR SANGHVI
“Oh God. So now what? What should I tell them? Tell me what should I tell them?” —BARKHA DUTT
“He says, sir, thheek hai, main bola ki, ‘Mukesh, once in a while show some bloody emotion,” —RANJAN BHATTACHARYA
The proximity that gives Niira Radia her power.
“Hmm …tell Sunil Mittal, you have to work along with Raja for another five years” —A RAJA
Ask Ghulam to call me and talk to me. I’ll be here around, you know —KANIMOZHI
“If you write… that would be so good”—NIIRA RADIA; “I’m there... you want me to speak to anyone”—SUHEL SETH
A visit to this war museum set up by Hezbollah—literally ‘God’s party’—in Lebanon reveals more than a little chest-thumping about its claimed ‘victory’ over Israel
Recent revelations of India’s official attitude towards people of Chinese origin within its borders after the Indo-China war are simply too shocking to ignore.
Denial continues to be a disease. Cornered by outraged public opinion, the Government and public officials are playing ostrich
Women are partying like crazy nowadays before bulge-bracket weddings—male strippers, foreign trips, surprise props and all
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Seven years on, another visit to the city’s most famous streetside dosa stall reveals a Thirukumar Kandasamy who has retained everything that made him great, except the modesty
A Swedish pastor’s PhD dissertation has created quite a stir around the world by questioning an accepted ‘fact’ of Christianity.
Deserted by her muse, Aditi Aanand signed up for a writing class. And discovered that writing is really a contact sport, not a solitary activity
In conversation with Beautiful Thing author Sonia Faleiro
Sound artist Jason Kahn engages eardrums at the Crafts Musuem with his white noise installation.
The ratio of the index and ring finger in males is being linked to a host of behavioural traits.
It is engaging in parts, but is the life of Mark Zuckerberg really such a big deal?
The moustache, that original marker of male vanity, has made a comeback. Even a cursory look at Bollywood’s Mo Bros will confirm this.
From copybook square cuts to those hoicks over the ropes, his shots are all coming good
Wandering appears to be the brain’s default mode of operation
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The woman believed to be the wife of the most powerful man in Gujarat lives in a one-room home
Portrait of a power class on the rise
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Now with Shah in the party headquarters and Modi in South Block, there is harmony between the organisation and the Government
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Now New Delhi has an unbeatable argument over Sri Lanka
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The danger ahead: The idea that this Prime Minister can do no wrong may create its own McCarthyism
Nuanced family dramas from across the border break the monotony of Indian soap operas on television
In the big bad world, it is again the Russian who happens to be the biggest baddie
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is shedding its imperial attitude and opening its splendid doors to hoi polloi. On the eve of the second anniversary of the Pranab Mukherjee presidency, Open takes a tour of the House that is changing
...And the Modi Government is all set for discreet hiring of potential candidates from schools and colleges. The new frontier of national security
Smart marketing has turned cider into a cool drink for a new generation. Toddy makers could learn a thing or two from this apple beverage’s success