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Hospital Bouncers

After several blows and a few hits with hockey sticks, the management of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in West Delhi has hired bouncers—a burlier and more efficient version of the pot-bellied guards…

Sell Therapy

Soon after Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with cancer, it was slightly startling to see an SMS on your phone offering his story in his own words. It turned out to be a voice blog, which was fair enough,…

Forest Gumption

MUMBAI ~ On the fringes of Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, where leopards are frequently spotted resting on branches, and cobras and bears known to stalk the ground below, a Bangalore resident has set…

The Supreme Court’s Media Interface

According to India’s Supreme Court, ‘Law making through interpretation and expansion of meanings of open textured expressions is a legitimate judicial function.’ The court claims to have undertaken…

To Copy or Not to Copy

Till 18 August, Apoorva Gautam was a regular at the tiny photocopy shop next to Ratan Tata Library on her college campus. The routine involved flagging pages of books issued from the library, waiting…

The Illiteracy of Influx Theorists

A few years ago, on a visit to Los Angeles in the US, we were asking for directions. A White young man got friendly and we started talking. He wanted to know which country we were from, but seemed…

‘We cried the day the team was announced’

The next edition of the T20 world cup gets underway in Sri Lanka on 18 September. Reigning champions India begin their campaign with a warm-up game against Sri Lanka on the 15th. Starting with this…

The Bets on Its Survival

Ninety-one-year-old Madhav Mantri, India’s oldest living Test cricketer, sat in a first row seat of the quaint dining room at Mumbai’s Bombay Gymkhana. He wore a dark blazer, a rust-coloured neck…

An Appointment with the Sexpert

It’s a beautiful afternoon in Mumbai. A carelessly shut door fills the living room with the sound of waves. The doctor’s house, near Shivaji Park, is by the sea. Through the glass door to the terrace…

She Needs Me, She Needs Me Not…

I realised last week that ever since I started writing this column, my social life has taken a serious hit. Three months ago, weekends were evenly divided between the girl friends and the guys. Not…