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This Man is Not Your Hero

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This man is not your hero

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“Put the Lokpal Bill to referendum”

Prashant Bhushan, one of the chief architects of the Jan Lokpal Bill, speaks to Open in its defence Q. How fundamental is the Jan Lokpal Bill in the fight against corruption? A. In order to…

Shahid’s Dating Problem

Their film together may be a love story, but Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor share anything but warm vibes. The young stars of Mausam got off to a rocky start during the film’s first shooting schedule…

Husbands and Wives

Let’s begin the story in Italy. And then head homeward. During the shooting of Nights of Cabiria, director Federico Fellini and his wife, the film’s lead actress Giulietta Masina, had an argument…

Grand Disasters

A failed film comes with its own singular ache. Months and sometimes years of labour are blown away on a Friday morning. It’s an agonising crumbling of vision, reputation and finances. The label that…

Lexus LFA V 10

What’s so great about this car, given that Porsche and Ferrari already own the ‘sports car’ spot in the global motorist’s mind? First, this is the first sports car from Toyota under Lexus, the…

Have We Got Our Exercise Routine Wrong?

The day-to-day lives we live today are far removed from the circumstances in which our ancestors evolved, and it is in those circumstances that our body evolved, or so goes the argument of those who…

The Ustad at 102

Mid-day Sunday, the narrow lanes criss-crossing the Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) campus at Tollygunge, Kolkata, wore a deserted look. Sounds of household chores filtered out of the living quarters…

Reading in the Time of eReaders

To carry all the Harry Potter volumes, along with Dostoevsky’s short stories and a few other titles in your handbag, can be empowering. Especially if it weighs and occupies the space of a DVD.  You…

Why Shillong Flips for WWII Jeeps

She’s sixty-nine years old, and recently covered 329 km from Shillong in Meghalaya to Dimapur in Nagaland without a hitch. In fact, she was even part of the rally’s winning team. Meet Ashok Lyngdoh’s…

How to Buy a Business Jet

The Meru cab was to come at 8.30 in the morning, and at 8.30 a call came to say that the car had broken down. Since the appointment was at 10, and, when your taxi betrays you, the only reliable way…