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
Govinda’s Comeback Mantra • The Secret Couch Unveiled
For Narendra Modi, power is a permanent struggle
A strange aspect of the Obama case is that unlike most pop stars who have fallen off the charts, he doesn’t seem to be anxiously plotting a comeback
From an India of mediocre cricket writing comes a minor classic on Sachin Tendulkar’s inglorious Final Test
The Goddess shows how wealth can be liberation
Marrying at 25 = less child malnutrition = long life
Why dirt and waste are two parallel realms which need to be linked up in Modi’s project on cleaning up India
Indian adherents of Islam have much to gain by behaving more like citizens of a secular republic and less like people with a separate identity
The Ganga is moving away from the ghats. Can Modi save it?
It’s a millionaires’ ball in Bollywood. Slumdogs and other romantics are no longer welcome
Why Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi is the most underrated Hindi film of 2014
What the nomination of Richard Rahul Verma as America’s ambassador to India tells us about race and the American Dream
There is more to it than political indoctrination and civilisational baggage
“Naalai namathe,” she had said when arrested in 1996, ‘Tomorrow is ours.’ This time, she had no words of solace for her followers
To me, New York City represented everything transgressive
Licence Raj for big Indian firms ended in 1991. It took another 23 years for the dreaded inspector Raj to end for small companies
How e-commerce firms, their war chests overflowing with recent funding, are taking on each other like never before
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
Archives, impersonal and official, come to life thanks to new technology and the efforts of a few dedicated men and women
From Benares to Mirzapur, mujrawaalis of today live on song and nostalgia, mourning the passing of their culture. As they prepare for the final farewell, we go in search of their last performances
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
Acclaimed writer and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi on poetry, Indian literary theory and Urdu’s legacy in an exclusive preview of his new book
With a great subject treated lifelessly, this film shies away from taking a stand
A sleek workhorse with the world’s sharpest resolution display
Men and women view art differently. So says a new study
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”
Money in currency form might also disappear in the future, replaced by the phone or other wearable technologies like watches or glasses
In a small town near Bangalore, three inventive youngsters put waste at the service of gods
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“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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The new Nobel laureate for peace began his struggle for children’s freedom when he was a boy
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Interview with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
A stretch on NH 47 in Kerala has become a synonym for great music. Meet Thaikkudam Bridge
How spirituality and poetry mix in the peripatetic world of Arundhathi Subramaniam, whose latest collection When God Is A Traveller has just been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Prize