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Inside the networks of lobbyists and powers brokers who decide how India is run

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Wandering Minds Gather No Joys

A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,’ say Matthew A Killingsworth and Daniel T Gilbert, psychologists who conducted research using an iPhone app to gather 250,…

MoTown

The moustache, that original marker of male vanity, has made a comeback. Even a cursory look at Bollywood’s Mo Bros will confirm this. This is a good time to write this story. November is the month…

Christ on the cross... maybe not

A Swedish pastor’s PhD dissertation has created quite a stir around the world by questioning an accepted ‘fact’ of Christianity. Crucifixion in Antiquity: an Inquiry into the Background of the New…

The 1962 jailing of Chinese Indians

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. TINSUKIA, MAKUM & SHILLONG If…

Enter the Bachelorette

Women are partying like crazy nowadays before bulge-bracket weddings—male strippers, foreign trips, surprise props and all Sheela and Namrata are old college friends whose marriages coincide later…

God’s Own Theme Park

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 Something was amiss, I realised,…

In Auto-denial Mode

Denial continues to be a disease. Cornered by outraged public opinion, the Government and public officials are playing ostrich Last month I received an invitation from the World Economic Forum (WEF)…

Prima Donna Deol

Prima Donna Deol ♦ Mira-culously Reluctant ♦ Courting the Competition Abhay Deol may be the current poster-boy for indie cinema here, but unit members of Zoya Akhtar’s film, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara…

The Social Network

It is engaging in parts, but is the life of Mark Zuckerberg really such a big deal? That Facebook was born of adolescent rage after a break-up, that FB’s function of cutting to the chase in the…

Sizing up a Man

The ratio of the index and ring finger in males is being linked to a host of behavioural traits. It’s not exactly palmistry, but it is getting close. The relative length of the male index finger as…