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
Not given to Filmi Airs • Of Extravagant Stinginess
It is China, a First World power with a Third World mindset, that will test Modi’s still evolving art of internationalism
The beheading of James Foley and the sinister truth about ISIS
India’s Test humiliation in England tells a bleak story of the future of a great Indian obsession
An amazing transition from Candidate to Prime Minister, from Seeker to Giver
Waiting for Narendra Modi to regain the city that never stops dreaming
K Chandrasekhar Rao’s persecution complex and disdain for press freedom
Modi’s first hundred days may not have been bedazzling but his Independence Day speech reveals his passion for change
What’s next for Julian Assange?
The latest jihadist threat to India is real because the new al Qaeda is a branch of Pakistan’s military
Pakistan’s experiment with democracy is as incendiary as ever
In film censorship, it’s the man or woman on top that matters
From UPA rule to NDA, the transition has been dramatic. But Modi needs to understand the inherent value of dissent
A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart
Roshan Seth on Richard Attenborough (1923–2014), the man behind one of the greatest biopics ever made
The Modi-Abe bromance is built on a grand Asian project
To me, New York City represented everything transgressive
As the murder politics of CPM and RSS in northern Kerala continues to seek martyrs in the most gruesome ways, ULLEKH NP in Kannur traces the origins of the violence to a martial tradition of fearlessness and honour
Ford shaped the previous century in no small measure and could yet shape this one too
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
The choir group Nagaland Singing Ambassadors will represent India at a World War I commemoration festival in Belgium
With globalisation making us adopt the world’s best practices, could bathroom behaviour be far behind?
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.
Anu Malhotra’s debut exhibition shows the artist’s obsession with journeys
The memoir of Hindi cinema’s enfant terrible brings out in vivid colours the turbulent early years of an exceptional talent
A veteran Canadian filmmaker captures the miracle and mayhem of the Indian rains in a remarkable documentary that premiered last week at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival
Its 360° technology means that this novel spherical camera has no blind spot
Domestication involves small changes in many genes and not drastic changes in a few
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”
Aaron Kosminski, who later died in a lunatic asylum, has always been a prime suspect as Jack the Ripper
News that the apex court has stayed serial killer Surinder Koli’s execution is greeted with shrugs in Nithari
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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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