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Family Secrets

Cover Story

What cross-border adoption did to some Indian borns. And their struggle to find out why they were given away

Stories in this issue

Language Lessons

Roger Federer is a polyglot with an exhausting post-match routine involving interviews in different languages. But all that yapping pays off. It adds to Federer’s popularity and bank account. And it…

Then They Came for the Dieters

First they came for the Muslims and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t one. Then they came for the Communists and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t one. Then they came for the dieters... Over the…

The Punjab Assembly Mourns Dead Cows

NEW DELHI ~ The Punjab Vidhan Sabha staff is currently struggling with a problem it has never faced before—who should receive the formal condolence message after the Punjab Assembly made an obituary…

The Fading Red Light

Her silver dress inches above the knee, tiny breasts peeking out of the lycra dress, cleavage dusted with silver powder, the eunuch glitters in the night. The hours go by. She checks her watch and…

The Lies of the Land

Kerala is the most “socially developed” Indian state. It is also the state where mothers used to tuck their children into bed whispering the punishment for bed-time resistance. All it took to put a…

The Cuban Dronacharya

On a rainy August morning, the lobby of Hotel Ashok in Delhi is buzzing with activity. The nature of this buzz at the hotel, in the heart of the diplomatic enclave of Delhi, is usually dictated by…

Cosy With Serpents

MUSURI, WEST BENGAL ~ As we drive on a whim into Musuri, a little hamlet of paddy field workers near Bardhaman district, West Bengal, the taxi driver gamely endures my frequent forays off the main…

Rules of the Game

For a relationship that started in a dim room as he kissed another woman over her sleeping head, we knew it was never going to be easy… I have to admit, I stole the line from a letter the dude wrote…

A Snatched Home

Mohammad Hussain fled from Afghanistan to Delhi three months ago. He was an interpreter with the Italian forces deployed in the southern and western parts of Afghanistan as part of the International…

The Anatomy of Grey

The last time this happened, I was in college. It was the July of 2007 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was going to release. And no, while I can’t see myself queuing up outside a bookstore…