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“We can stamp anybody as informer and kill him”

Cover Story

The resignation letter of a Maoist commander

Stories in this issue

Sennheiser IE 60

Okay, so you must be wondering what’s wrong with me. Why am I reviewing a set of wired headphones in a day and age that we have so many nice wireless headphones? Well, when I saw the IE 60, it…

Stressed Men Prefer Larger Women

While most men tend to prefer slimmer and younger-looking women as mates, chiefly, as the argument goes, because these women appear healthier and more fertile, and thus better bets to bear…

An Actor’s Take on Shivaji

Action! Dadasaheb Phalke is leaving for London to procure a camera for his movie. In this scene, Phalke is saying goodbye to his wife. Recalling the shooting of the scene, Nandu Madhav, the…

The Art Market Slump

In 2006, investment in the Indian art market, just in terms of art funds, was estimated at $2.5 billion by various market pundits and publications. Then the market crashed in 2008 with some…

War, Terror and Hate

‘Kashmir is one of the most poorly reported stories in the world,” says award-winning British journalist Adrian Levy, whose last two books were widely discussed across South Asia. Levy was in…

From the Autopsy Table

‘Around 20 years ago, a stranger turned up in my office. He had an unshaven face and was wearing shabby clothes. The expression in his eyes reminded me of a mendicant I had come across in a book…

Playing the Sexy Part

Last week as a friend and I watched the world go by through the window of our favourite café, she said something that got me thinking about sexual liberalism. My friend, by her own admission, is…

Frame Freezers this Week

Lakmé Fashion Week is a stressful time. After all, it makes you think twice as hard about what you are going to wear. I often consider wearing something that I am sure will help me fit in, but…

Mizoram’s Wild Flower

On a gloomy evening in Theiva village, the melody of collective singing escapes the windows of a church. But the song is accompanied by loud unrhythmic drumbeats. A middle-aged woman, dressed in…

‘I knew Mary would come hard at me’

LONDON ~ London survived the many question marks before the Games started—the possibility of a transport meltdown, rain havoc, security fears, immigration nightmares at Heathrow—but now that the…