At the age of 84, S Paul, the man who shaped Indian photojournalism, still takes his camera out for a daily shoot
Hanif Kureishi’s sharp new novel is not only a riff on the Naipaul-French saga, but also an exploration of his own fascination for writers and their habits
On the dive bar as a haven for the trend-bucking citydweller
A veteran of many wars, photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg found Afghan terrain tricky, the language unfamiliar and the recklessness scary. Yet, he kept returning to document it all.
A 12-year-old girl was gang-raped brutally in Jaipur. After 19 surgeries, her condition remains heart-rending, and Rajasthan government officials can’t wait to get her off their hands
When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive
The lamentation of Romila Thapar, our most venerable historian, is understandable: philistines have come to dominate the political space.
The wait is over. The Congress Party has found a man to fight Modi from Benares.
Listening to the claims of Manmohan Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Karunanidhi
Gossip and the tragedy of the film journalist
The Political Editor of The Economist returns to the last General Election to make sense of India 2014
The Director’s Tantrum • The New Kiss on the Block • Being Starry
Hard-edged nationalism and xenophobia of the 1930s are back in fashion in Europe, says British historian Frederick Taylor
The agony of being M Karunanidhi
An economist lists five priorities for the next government
Cases against Lalit Modi and N Srinivasan remain unresolved as the IPL kicks off another season with a colourful auction
How the politically incorrect ethnic joke keeps us together in the great fraternity of laughter
How a generation is using messaging apps to score dates and, if lucky, hookups
Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in conversation with Chinki Sinha, as part of Open’s monthly Breakfast Chat series at Smoke House Deli
An Old Delhi neighbourhood full of highly skilled craftspeople struggles to survive, to keep some fragment of its poetry in a city whose priorities are far more prosaic.
The music channel returns to glory with the launch of MTV Indies
An unlettered carpet merchant and art dealer in Amritsar chanced upon the Pahari school of painting. His son keeps the legacy going
Bachchan and the kid pull off some funny scenes, but then it gets all preachy on us
A limited edition of the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera system
Why we switch off our sensory systems now and then
India’s only company that makes voters’ ink safeguards its chemical formula as a ‘State secret’ even though it’s easy to erase
“There have been deaths in my ambulance, but also births. At the set-up I work for, more than 13,000 babies were born in a vehicle”
The Kerala High Court recently convicted 24 of the 31 accused in the Suryanelli rape case, 18 years after the case began
Homi Bhabha’s bungalow is to be auctioned off but atomic energy employees want it as a memorial
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Why Uddhav Thackeray is at risk of losing his party cadres
Rahul Gandhi too, like the other Nehru-Gandhi eminences, sees the Republic as an extension of the family
What sets Modi apart from his Gandhi family soulmate, and the great yearning among Indians for an autocrat ‘who gets things done’
What the screening of a one-minute montage on Thackeray before a movie says about your standing in India
The lives of prisoners in Buxar open jail
As akharas find it harder and harder to get new recruits, they are paying people to pose as Naga ascetics and swell their numbers for the duration of the Kumbh
India’s steel industry has little hope of snapping back from its slump without a big Central push
…and shaking off the trappings of normal life
…and India’s quest to make it to the big league
Pushpa Basnet on bringing up children who have spent time in jail with their mothers
The Never-ending RGV Saga • Four Times Lucky • Playdate of the Year
The book Spies from Space: The Isro Frame-up detailed how the real traitors in the Isro espionage case. Is that why it quickly disappeared from bookstores?
According to a study, 78 per cent of people who use deodorants don’t need them
It is slim and pretty, and can also open flat, at 180º. Now if only the battery lasted more than 4 hours
If only he had good performers, Sudhir Mishra’s formulaic narrative might have worked
A boutique under a cricket stadium to a Bombay highrise built to embrace the rains, there is very little that this Alibaug-based architect is not trying
Touring India isn’t easy for independent bands, but UK-based Fink is determined to make it here. Lead singer Fin Greenall tells us why, and what makes it worth it
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Intimations of a New Establishment and the Return of Real India
Roll First, Romance Second • Ranveer Plugs Condoms • Covergirl Calculus
How Manmohan Singh wrecked his party— and defeated Rahul Gandhi even before Narendra Modi could
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A journey in search of the real Amit Shah
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A drive against youngsters smoking marijuana takes a bizarre turn
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An Unlikely Threesome • Passing the Torch • Weight Throwing Contest
Once the Mumbai don took refuge in Uttar Pradesh after a hit job. Today it is the criminal politicians of UP who use use Mumbai as a safe house.
The enigma that is Rahul Gandhi has proved too inscrutable for the people of Benares.
A new government means a new set of favourite bureaucrats. Who will stay on and who won’t?
Arun Jaitley plays the Punjabi to perfection in his maiden parliamentary battle from Amritsar. Indrajit Hazra gets a ride in the BJP leader’s campaign Toyota