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The Rebirth of a Prime Minister

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The return of the reformer

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Eavesdropping on the Akhtars

In August 2009, Shatrughan Sinha, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Sunny Deol went silent on radio. FM stations across the city had stopped getting mimics on air. A popular station, Big FM, had…

Single and Surfing

Wherever you are in the world, the late twenties and thirties are getting to be an age where you’ve lost the art, knack or simple gift of spontaneously meeting people and striking up a…

It’s Alright Na, I’m Only Choking

Every so often, I go sightseeing through the mining regions of inland Goa. I cannot explain why I do this and it always takes days to recover. The huge red wounds in the earth feel as if they’re…

Staring into a Revenue Blackhole

In June 2012, the Indian Government, with much fanfare, unveiled a new Service Tax Regime. The idea was simple and efficient—every item that was not on the negative list would be taxed. In one…

Catching ’em Young

There is a word in Kashmiri: Dam Fue’t. Dumbstruck. It describes Faizan Bashir’s current state well. He sits wilted in a corner, legs turned inward, foetus-like. He has been brought…

Crude Control

They haven’t lit the plastic palm tree laden with fruits in a while. But amid the chaos of Barmer Railway Station, and sandwiched between the stone artifices, the palm tree looks like a…

Tragedy after the Actor’s Death

Thilakan, one of the great character artistes of Malayalam cinema, passed away recently, and it immediately laid bare the hypocrisy among his peers. For some time now, he had been in conflict with…

An Atheist’s Prayer

Of all the festivals which insist on making you a participant even if you are an atheist, Ganesha Chaturthi is the most annoying if you are in Mumbai. (Though even in far off places like Kerala,…

Cracking the Gene Frontier

In a first of its kind, a group of Indian scientists from across the country have decoded the entire genetic makeup of a bacterium without the help of any foreign scientists. What makes this project…