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The Great Escape from Monogamy

Cover Story

How couples are redefining the partnership protocol (and they are not cheating)

Stories in this issue

Irrational Exuberance Again

India is an energy-starved country. Could this explain why its government suffers such frequent bouts of irrational exuberance over hydrocarbons? Look at all the pats that government officials have…

A Soft Spot for Kareena

Every significant actress in Bollywood is supposedly vying for the female lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Golmaal director Rohit Shetty’s next film, Chennai Express. But the buzz is that the film…

Department

Department is shoddier than Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag, the nadir of Varma’s career. This is because the mafia-police nexus has been his cherished métier for long, and few indeed have studied that…

Whose Hostages?

June 1995. An American couple, 42-year-old neuropsychologist Don Hutchings and his wife of four years and partner of ten, Jane Schelly, are packing their bags for a 12-day trek in the upper reaches…

The Metro Magnet

As anyone who’s tried to break into la-di-da Delhi knows, this city has some concentric circles, which seem to spiral forward through time. Circles with exclusive boundaries—that is, till the…

The One-Eyed Star Elephant of Kerala

Thechikottuvaku Ramachandran, Kerala’s star elephant, is actually a Bihari who used to be called Moti Prasad. It took him some time to get to grips with Malayalam because all he understood in the…

Here’s to a Hat Trick!

Milliner Shilpa Chavan, famously known as Little Shilpa, remembers the moment she met her “ultimate muse” Lady Gaga in Delhi last year. Even though it would be the first time she was meeting the diva…

No Country for Dead Men

Mumbai’s Antop Hill is a small hill that erupts between the city’s Wadala and Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar railway stations. It was once a gritty industrial zone with a number of factories, before housing…

The Calling of the Amtes

HEMALKASA, GADCHIROLI ~ Dr Prakash Amte, in white shorts and a banian, is seated on a plastic chair in front of his home in Hemalkasa, deep inside Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra. This is Maoist…

A Community Led by Dunces

The problem with religious orthodoxy in our times is that it is mainly manned (and the emphasis on gender is deliberate) by those most opposed to modernity. Men who believe that the truth has already…