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Table of Contents

26 Dec, 2012-01 Jan, 2013 | Vol 04 | Issue 52
For millions, reality does not seem to count
Through the electoral campaign, the visage of Narendra Modi dominated every poster but for the ones featuring singer Arvind Vegda. His hit song, modified to Bhai Bhai Mori Raja because the Election Commission would not permit the word ‘Rama’, became the theme for the Modi campaign on radio and television.
SEE SMALL WORLD

National outrage is not enough

Guns N’ Roses’ concerts in India were all about cult music and nostalgia, but this ageing band saw a surprisingly big turnout of children

The visual history of a cataclysm that never happened

A history of insults in Indian literature

The Group’s Chairman has shown no inclination to draft his memoirs, but Tata watchers deserve clues on at least four mysteries of his term

How coaching classes train two- and three-year-olds for interviews to gain admission to elite schools in South Mumbai

Times when players would rather a commentator didn’t praise them

…and the dubious status that age and marriage confer upon us

Hectic 2013 for Ranbir Kapoor • De Niro’s Indian Fans • No Transparency Please

What must we do to survive the persistent onslaught of dengue, malaria, chikungunya, swine flu…?

The farce surrounding one of India’s most important roads, National Highway 31

Arts

Having fled his village in Kerala even before he was 20, Viswanadhan’s art is informed by a lifetime of itinerancy

Cinema

Dilip Kumar turned 90 on 11 December. The legend and lore of perhaps the greatest Indian actor ever

Science

Look at the region below the eyes, says a new study. Evolution explains why it works best

Gadgets

A point-and-shoot for social media addicts who hate cellphone cameras