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
On the dive bar as a haven for the trend-bucking citydweller
A veteran of many wars, photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg found Afghan terrain tricky, the language unfamiliar and the recklessness scary. Yet, he kept returning to document it all.
A 12-year-old girl was gang-raped brutally in Jaipur. After 19 surgeries, her condition remains heart-rending, and Rajasthan government officials can’t wait to get her off their hands
When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive
On a closer read, the BJP’s manifesto ‘One India, Greater India’ is the party’s most definitive documentation of life after Ayodhya.
Gossip and the tragedy of the film journalist
Listening to the claims of Manmohan Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Karunanidhi
The Director’s Tantrum • The New Kiss on the Block • Being Starry
The enigma that is Rahul Gandhi has proved too inscrutable for the people of Benares.
Hard-edged nationalism and xenophobia of the 1930s are back in fashion in Europe, says British historian Frederick Taylor
The agony of being M Karunanidhi
An economist lists five priorities for the next government
Cases against Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan remain unresolved as the IPL kicks off another season with a colourful auction
How the politically incorrect ethnic joke keeps us together in the great fraternity of laughter
How a generation is using messaging apps to score dates and, if lucky, hookups
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.
A wide-ranging exhibition at the National Museum in Delhi shows that wherever ancient Indian art takes you, you run into the human form
Another foreign correspondent falls for clichés in his haste to explain a country he has scarcely understood
Bachchan and the kid pull off some funny scenes, but then it gets all preachy on us
A collection for professional drivers and sports car enthusiasts
Our squinting or widening of eyes are evolutionary tools to help deal with the environment
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”
The Kerala High Court recently convicted 24 of the 31 accused in the Suryanelli rape case, 18 years after the case began
This election season, Tamil Nadu’s political parties have become bulk customers of eggs
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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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Intimations of a New Establishment and the Return of Real India
Roll First, Romance Second • Ranveer Plugs Condoms • Covergirl Calculus
How Manmohan Singh wrecked his party— and defeated Rahul Gandhi even before Narendra Modi could
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A journey in search of the real Amit Shah
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A primeval analysis endures
A drive against youngsters smoking marijuana takes a bizarre turn
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An Unlikely Threesome • Passing the Torch • Weight Throwing Contest
Hope and fears about the future of technocratic imagination
A new government means a new set of favourite bureaucrats. Who will stay on and who won’t?
Sun’s bet is that it can fix the factory glitches, get US regulatory clearances, and turn the Sun-Ranbaxy combine into a low-cost generics export powerhouse.
Does Rohinton Mistry really need Aditya Thackeray’s permission to visit Mumbai?