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The Rebellion Within

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Why Mayawati is losing the support of BSP’s Dalit leadership

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The League of Extraordinary Critics

In the introduction to film critic Roger Ebert’s book on him, director Martin Scorsese writes: ‘It is not important if a critic likes or dislikes a movie. What is important is that he engages…

HP Envy 15 Notebook

I must say, at first glance, this Hewlett-Packard machine looks just like a MacBook Pro. It is dressed in an all-metal chassis, has rounded edges, wears a classic black-and-silver finish, and…

For Right-handers, ‘Right’ Is Might

Over the past few decades, scientists have shown there are many different internal and external factors influencing how we think, feel, communicate and make decisions at any given moment. One…

Nargis and the Teakwood Special

Beware! Nargis Fakhri, literally the most embarrassing thing to have happened to Hindi movies since Deepak Malhotra in Lamhe, has apparently signed a new film. TheRockstar heroine will star…

The Artist

Silent cinema, the axiom goes, was never silent, it just lacked a sound track. Set in the years 1927 to 1932, The Artist honours the romantic adventure films of the Rudolph Valentino kind, and…

Dazzled by Their Soul

We must, in defining a bad poet, keep in mind that a poet can be awful in different ways. For one, he could be afflicted by the triteness of emotional or personal feelings; for another, he could…

Joseph, No Last Name

Black aviator glasses hid the tears streaming down my cheeks. I walked zombie-like through District Hospital Three in Kottayam, Kerala, where I was born in 1979. I saw the Malayalam script written on…

Child’s Play Reinvented

The Toy Lab at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore is a small room with glass windows and cardboard cutouts of trees. Here, a group of grown-up students, under the guidance of…

Naked Show of Strength

KIEV ~ In the Bollywood blockbuster Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the lead character confides to his friend, “Except for that Ukrainian, I’ve been faithful to my fiancée.” While India’s image of Russian…

Arabian Nightmare

There is a clear view of the Arabian Sea from the first floor window of Ameena Banu’s home. Every morning, she wakes up and gazes at the watery horizon. Across the sea lies Saudi Arabia, where her…