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The Day the Valley Was Cleansed of its Pandits

Cover Story

Excerpts from ‘Our Moon Has Blood Clots’

Stories in this issue

The Art of Stealing

Back then, Bunty Chor aka Devendar Sharma spoke about heaven, and hell. Heaven, he told, was familiar space. He had been there many times. The entrance he said was through a man’s body merged with a…

Scat Attack

Fed up with elephant herds marauding their fields, farmers in southern Karnataka had tried many things to protect their crops. They had dug trenches, made fences, burst crackers, set off small bush…

Business as Unusual

Business in India, at least the service aspect of it, appears to be in the throes of a ‘paradigm shift’. Multinationals, those guides of all that is ‘best’ by way of practices, have taken the old…

If It’s Size That Matters

In Tangla, Assam, there is an unusual house. It is the home of 30 dwarves, who’ve come together to form an all-dwarves theatre group called Dapon (meaning ‘mirror’ in Assamese). In 2008, Pabitra…

The Trouble with Indian Wine

At 9 pm on a Saturday, the upmarket F Bar at Indiabulls Centre in Mumbai is crowded with a combination of corporate types and couples enjoying a weekend dinner. But there is something unusual about…

For Heaven’s Sake

Holed up in his flat in Delhi’s Gole Market, Vibhu Narayan looks at the sky and literally thanks his stars. The December sky is heavy with clouds, and there’s rain forecast at night. The 15-year-old…

Prisoner of an Image

Two years ago, I did a story in Tehelka titled ‘Why is this man still in prison?’ It is a question that has still not been answered. Abdul Nasser Madani, a political leader in Kerala and the thirty-…

Men’s Rights in Meghalaya

Minutes away from Shillong’s bazaar, through a road that dips and rises like a saddle and is often shrouded in a thick layer of fog, stands Earle Holiday Home. Restored after years of disuse, the…

Side Effects of Stardom

This happened in Florence, Italy. A man walked into a restaurant with his family and was ushered to a dimly lit corner table. Then, two things happened. One of the waiters, an Indian, had his jaw…

Cry Rape and Be Noticed

A young woman was raped on the streets of Delhi. A month after the event, that sentence has reinvented itself. Every word—except the verb—has assumed autonomy. Each word spins its own narrative…