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
Student Ready for Higher Studies • And the Parts Go to? • Studio Spendthrift
Modi’s ‘Broken India’ theme carries the first notation of Conservatism—and a moderniser’s social vision
The beheading of James Foley and the sinister truth about ISIS
The Modi Government should not yield to frivolous anti-English protests over the civil services test
India’s political and cultural life is still subservient to borrowed ideas
Roshan Seth on Richard Attenborough (1923–2014), the man behind one of the greatest biopics ever made
The evolution of Ganesha from a city deity to one of the most popular gods in the Indian pantheon
Modi’s first hundred days may not have been bedazzling but his Independence Day speech reveals his passion for change
A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart
The right to express oneself is an undeniable freedom. But isn’t the freedom not to write about what the markets, literary establishments and general Joes demand an equally enshrined liberty?
Indian women may have made their mark in several fields of excellence. Newer horizons are still waiting for them. Are they up to it?
An amazing transition from Candidate to Prime Minister, from Seeker to Giver
How HAHK, India’s greatest hit in 1994, causes ‘haha’ in 2014
From UPA rule to NDA, the transition has been dramatic. But Modi needs to understand the inherent value of dissent
Cricket and Pakistan: When military dictators and politicians thought they could win the people through a surrogate triumph on a playing field
Time to strike a balance between justice and prosperity
Despite its vital historical role in the freedom movement, Champaran has been reduced to history textbooks
That is what the Prime Minister is on the global stage
Never before has the first three months of a Prime Minister been looked through a multi focal lens
By 2019, India will have over 300,000 ultra high net worth individuals armed with Rs 408 lakh crore
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
SMART is a capacity building programme which will equip theatre groups with a roadmap called a Strategic Plan to achieve practical objectives
Kerala’s decision to ban liquor bars outside of five-star hotels could dampen the state’s economic spirits and spawn new vices
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.
Jeremy Seabrook, a lyrical narrator of socioeconomic conflict, takes us to the factories of Bangladesh and England
Japanese introverts, aircraft carriers, celebrity interviews, new dope on a legendary double agent and more
This police film’s predictable plot line is rather low on thrills
Cleaning robots are not new, but this new model from Miele is a winner
This ancient human species co-existed with modern humans for nearly 5,400 years
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”
Ravi Pujari is also reported to have made threat calls to Nusli Wadia, Salman Khan and Farhan Akhtar
Animal welfare activists are alarmed by Mumbai zoo’s plan to import six penguins from Thailand
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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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Lowest ever numbers coupled with clueless leadership, Congress lacks direction as an opposition both within and outside Parliament
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