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In Defence of Her Parents

Cover Story

Aarushi Talwar 1993-2008

Stories in this issue

127 Hours

Danny Boyle specialises in turning the corporeal existence of humans into high art, evoking a rare empathy from the audience Some people make the same movie over and over again.  Aron Ralston’s…

The ‘Regime’ Egyptians Really Want

With massive protests threatening to upend the three-decades-long reign of President Hosni Mubarak, the world has been captivated by the week’s events in Egypt. In a survey conducted in mid-2010, the…

Wanted: Smash Hit

Bollywood stars are an insecure lot. After the unprecedented success of Aamir’s 3 Idiots, and Salman’s surprise smash in Dabangg, Shah Rukh Khan is reportedly hungry for his own epic hit. The actor…

Iomega External SSD Flash Drive

Flash Drive A speed demon that is cool, silent and low on power consumption I love hard disc drives (HDDs). A palm-sized drive can hold up to 2 TB (yes, 2,000 GB), and that capacity is only set to…

The Light of Nabokov’s Life

Transcontinental dispersals by organisms usually represent improbable events that constitute a major challenge for biogeographers. By integrating molecular phylogeny, historical biogeography and…

The Fall from Grace

At the recently concluded literature festival in Jaipur, Javed Akhtar lamented the loss of genuinely sad and romantic songs in Hindi cinema. He spoke of the lack of grace and gravitas in today’s…

Radio Resurgence

Just when you thought radio was dead, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, got 18 million listeners around the globe to tune into a BBC radio series. Broadcast from January to October 2010…

A Man of Leisure

The first question anyone asks these days is “What do you do?” Not “How do you do?” Or “What are your thoughts on quantum thermodynamics?” Or even “What is the meaning of life?” Sometimes they ask “…

Man Bites Dog

First, some figures. The Indian pet dog industry has long crossed the Rs 100 crore mark and is eyeing a projected market worth Rs 350 crore by 2012. We have an estimated 10 million pet dogs in India…

“Pakistan’s Problems Are in Pakistan’s DNA”

Veteran journalist MJ Akbar’s latest book is Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan, a title rendered even more relevant by the recent assassination of Salman Taseer, governor of the province of…