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
No-Fuss Superstars • Look Who’s All Media Savvy ! • No Designer Gown, No Award Show
Why Modi lost and Kejriwal won
The Race for Happiness in the Age of Irrational Exuberance
A seething knot of a coming of age story shows how India’s 90s generation deals with drugs, sex, magic mushrooms and, of course, divorce
Impressions of India Design 2015
The revival of Congress now is far more difficult than it has ever been
It’s South Africa’s chance after two decades of hurt
Dayanita Singh’s book-based installation weaves elegance and intelligence, concept and creativity, into a logic of unity
Digital India will transform India and democracy through a more effective citizen-government engagement, will usher transparency in governance, take the government to the remotest villages and citizens
The virtues of creative incrementalism
The prudence of avoiding revolutions set in motion by big bang reforms
A Budget of high standard—and one for our times
Festivals as an India-China power barometer
Mohan Bhagwat’s criticism of Mother Teresa and the debate that followed bring out the twisted logic of Indian liberals
AAP chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal is likely to take oath on 14 February - exactly one year after he resigned as the Delhi chief minister
Captains matter and so does Dhoni, who is still the best hope for India
Why the absence of the master is good for India and its fans
The younger, local audience in Rajasthan may not realise what the fuss is about, but the world’s best musicians are drawn to the folk music of their state
Jaitley was silent on specific moves to create new jobs
On Oscar night, I want to see Birdman flying away with all the statuettes he longed for while he was fighting his demons backstage
This Budget is written by a man who cares for others in his private life too
Let Mufti Mohammad Sayeed be J&K’s Chief Minister for the full six-year term
The nonagenarian communist went out of the conference hall bidding farewell to the general secretary Prakash Karat who unsuccessfully tried to pacify him
Kejriwal found a way into the minds of people. But taking up their fight is another challenge
Will we ever see beauty in defeat?
Now that would be a subplot to watch out for in this World Cup
Why a modern economic vision is incomplete without smart cities
A stimulative dose certainly. The challenge lies in implementation
Says Laurent Léger, a Charlie Hebdo journalist who survived the attack on the magazine, of his colleagues who were killed to Open contributor SAMANTHA DE BENDERN who finds in today’s France a threat to national symbols
Recently the Vadodara police arrested seven men for raping a newly married woman. They soon realised something startling—these regular householders had systematically targeted and raped eight women over one year
Global observers may knit their brows over this brazen shrug at conventional economic wisdom, but India’s Fiscal Responsibility Act is not carved in stone
James Astill • Dilip D’Souza • Lhendup G Bhutia • Chetan Narula • Omkar Khandekar • Dileep Premachandran • Suresh Menon • Mini Kapoor
Transcendental photojournalist turned artist Cristina de Middel shows her dramatic work in India for the first time, at the inaugural Goa Photo
Is AIB’s ribaldry representative of all stand-up acts in India? The next wave of humour may belong to clean comedy
Designers strike a stunning balance between tradition and modernity as the sari becomes the newest style statement
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.
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Men, machines and the mind—how Narendra Modi ran the campaign of a lifetime to win India. Excerpts from a new book by Open Deputy Editor
With its female lead as a secret weapon, this film evokes an era long gone
A budget DSLR that boasts of incredible speed and great picture quality
The ailment is directly linked with the exact genes that make us human
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 states will get marginally more resources — this share is now 62 per cent of the Centre’s net tax receipts
Around 200 people who help prepare the Budget remain isolated in North Block for 10 days
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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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