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Table of Contents

23 Nov 2010 - 29 Nov 2010 | Vol 02 | Issue 34
Inside the networks of lobbyists and powers brokers who decide how India is run
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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

Books

In conversation with Beautiful Thing author Sonia Faleiro

Arts

Sound artist Jason Kahn engages eardrums at the Crafts Musuem with his white noise installation.

Science

The ratio of the index and ring finger in males is being linked to a host of behavioural traits.

Cinema

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.

People on Our Mind

From copybook square cuts to those hoicks over the ropes, his shots are all coming good

Headstart

Wandering appears to be the brain’s default mode of operation