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India’s Biggest Smuggling Scandal

Cover Story

The arrest of Uzbek smuggler Olga Kozireva 12 years ago brought to light one of the most brazen illicit operations this country has ever seen.

Stories in this issue

Greener but No Longer Cheaper

A little over a decade ago, Delhi’s greens rejoiced when the Judiciary ordered that all vehicles of public transport shift their use of diesel to that of compressed natural gas (CNG). The…

How the Violation Continues

I happen to know a few victims of molestation, possibly rape; some of them did not specify. Barring two, these victims are women. I do not know why they confided in me. Not all of them were…

In The City of Brotherly Love

“As long as we can hit the gas, and duck our heads, and drive away, we should be fine,” an anthropologist friend suggested. “In case something happens.” On Hunting Park Avenue in North…

Dial a Peon

Ever wished you could be in two places at the same time – finishing up work in office as well as running a personal errand? We did too. Now help is a phone call away for the people of Mumbai. My Peon…

Desi Boy

Rajesh Khanna was an Indian superstar in the true sense of the word. Few of his famous films, if any, were shot abroad. In almost all of them, he wore simple kurtas. Overall, Khanna’s films had an…

Dravid’s Wild Side

Joining the list of illustrious Indian cricketers who have adopted animals in Mysore’s Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Rahul Dravid recently adopted two African hunting cheetahs, in the names…

No Rain, No Tree Planting

MUMBAI ~ The image of a crisp kurta-pyjama clad politician taking a few token hacks at the soil with a pick axe and planting a sapling may soon be a thing of the past. The once important image-…

Hair Burns Like Grass

Kabir, writes Orijit Sen, is more than a historical figure; he is an idea, a spiritual journey. Over the past five centuries, his poetry, sung by folk singers, has grown like an evergreen tree,…

The Irreversible

I was 15 when I got married. My parents thought they were giving me the chance of a better life, but I was so young then, I did not understand anything about marriage: sex, children, family, a…

Shrinking Violets

For the past week or so, every spare minute of mine has been spent reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I read it on my way to work, I read it while waiting for my capoeira class to begin, I’ve even…