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The Making of History

Cover Story

The fateful night of 22-23 December 1949 when Rama was planted in Ayodhya

Stories in this issue

The Brain’s Identity Crisis

Harvard and MIT neuroscientists have discovered that the brain sees some faces as male when they appear in one area of a person’s field of view, but female when they appear in a different location.…

A British Lawyer in India

It was at my farewell drinks that I broke the news to my former colleagues that I would be moving to India for work. One of them gave me an incredulous look, looked me straight in the eye, and said…

The Korean Crisis

North Korea has nuclear weapons and South Korea has the US to offer nuclear cover. South and North Korea have been the best of enemies for over 50 years. On 23 November, strained ties went to…

Secret of the Raj

A mysterious chamber has been found in what was once Warren Hastings’ house in Kolkata. The imposing residence of India’s first Governor General, Warren Hastings, in Kolkata may hold hitherto unknown…

Real Estate Must Get Real

There is hope that exposure of dodgy players will lead to a better market. When specific cases of wrongdoing send shudders across an entire sector, it’s plain that suspicions of rot are as…

Two Journeys, One Box of HIV Medicine

Presenting two stories that tell another tale. A village woman from interior Maharashtra changes buses four times to reach a hospital in Mumbai. AT 18, NANABAI, a mother of three, became a widow.…

Asus Garmin A10

I must confess, I think Garmin makes the best GPS devices. I have another confession—I love Asus, but I don’t like its services in India. The staff can be a headache. So, when I got the A10 to review…

Nature vs Nurture

...and it is advantage nurture, at long last, going by the sudden spurt of tomes being published on this vital subject. Experts make snap judgments, say experts. I guess that’s worthy of emulation,…

Vernacular Mosaic

An ambitious project, using unconventional methods of selection, revisits an exciting range of India’s traditional art forms. Dr Annapurna Garimella is a fussy woman, fussy about work, fussy about…

Fat World

A study shows species across the board putting on weight. Is there something in the environment contributing to it? A number of studies have noted that humans as a species are getting fatter. This…