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
On the dive bar as a haven for the trend-bucking citydweller
She was not an actress; her greatest performance was in playing herself: Suchitra Sen, the luminous superstar.
When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive
Twenty-year-old biker stuntwoman Pooja Rathod talks about riding on a wall and risking her neck for her independence
Inside the ladies’ compartment of the Mumbai local is a world that is both strange and familiar, compassionate and vicious; where lives are saved by generous hands.
Good doesn’t necessarily follow from blackening someone’s face, even if it appears to be deserved
Sometimes, to kick someone out of your life, it takes an unforgiveable transgression
No autocrat as sanguineous as Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is at work today, and it’s nostalgia that drives his extraterritorial ambition.
Deepika in Demand • Shahid’s Getaway • A Hot and Heavy History
YouTube could kill TV and movie stars in upper class India, if that hasn’t happened already
Driven out of Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have become the nowhere people of Asia
Deal makers, king makers and wannabe kings are at play
A badly conceived regulator would serve no purpose in this crucial sector
Cases against Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan remain unresolved as the IPL kicks off another season with a colourful auction
Behind India’s most-talked-about talk show
When cosmetic surgery goes wrong
Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis
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.
Acquiring a taste for theatre at the International Theatre Festival of Kerala
In her new book, Russian-American writer Masha Gessen puts the spotlight on the spirit of defiance that marks Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot
American nationalism and biopics dominate this year’s Academy Awards
An impressively versatile machine if you’re looking for a Windows 8 tablet and computer
A new study finds that becoming a dad lowers one’s testosterone level
A drive against youngsters smoking marijuana takes a bizarre turn
“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”
Gulaab Gang director Soumik Sen denies that his film is based on the real life Gulabi Gang
After a record-holding ophthalmologist is barred from his hospital for 10 days, surgeries pile up
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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
Prima Donna Deol ♦ Mira-culously Reluctant ♦ Courting the Competition
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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What a book by Mata Amritanandamayi’s former personal assistant says about the pitfalls of faith
An Old Rivalry • Hrithik’s Gift to Ranveer • One is Not Enough
How Modi survived the 5/9 conspiracy
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The pornography of poverty is the aesthetic of the desperate populist. And there is no place more rewarding than India for him.
Frankfurt airport, transit lounge B,C, D. Not A.
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Extracts from the autobiography of Shakeela, South India’s celebrity soft-porn star who wouldn’t go completely nude
A primeval analysis endures
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In India, faith may not be in power but the faithful is empowered by the State that is not committed to freedom
Is it the end of Hindu victimhood?
Forget the howling majority, death penalty is a denial of individual rights
Why the prospects of the Congress’ fifth-generation dynastic gamble hang by a slender thread
The great Maratha warrior’s descendant, Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale, faces a credibility crisis
Tamil sub-nationalism and political opportunism over Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination
Introducing gender sensitivity in classrooms
Dravidian pride returns to rule Tamil Nadu politics