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
On a closer read, the BJP’s manifesto ‘One India, Greater India’ is the party’s most definitive documentation of life after Ayodhya.
Gossip and the tragedy of the film journalist
Listening to the claims of Manmohan Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Karunanidhi
The Director’s Tantrum • The New Kiss on the Block • Being Starry
The enigma that is Rahul Gandhi has proved too inscrutable for the people of Benares.
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 with his prized collection of traditional painting, sculpture and textiles
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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Having lost power at the Centre, he is now faced with the growing clout of his bête noire, Gopinath Munde, in Maharashtra
Senior leaders offer different arguments for and against Telengana, but remain worried about the irreparable damage done to the party in the state
Three back-to-back cases of ‘cultural terrorism’ is something, even by Indian standards
His comments on rape were merely the tip of a sinister iceberg
The politics of untruth about the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits
Rahul Bhatt’s stranger-than-fiction friendship with a terrorist
An encounter with Ma Anand Sheela, Osho’s former personal secretary and author of a controversial bare-all memoir
11 elephants died on our railway tracks in two weeks. Is there a way to stop this?
With Thomas Pink entering the Indian market, English shirts have made a comeback in fashion talk
In India, he could be a factory-manufactured creature, identical in all essentials
How diehards found a way to dodge a party-pooping state government
Even with the increase in petrochem production, prices may not come down too much
From Silukku to MS • Losing the Zombie War • Nothing’s for Free
Tridip Suhrud is a social scientist from Ahmedabad
A study finds that the modern dog originated from wolves that scavenged human waste dumps
A poor cousin of the Galaxy SIII, it’ll still find takers among brand loyalists
Pretty girls to swanky sets, this heist film is definitely easy on the eyes
Writer Indira Goswami’s significant literary contribution to Assam’s peace process
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How Manmohan Singh wrecked his party— and defeated Rahul Gandhi even before Narendra Modi could
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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
Hope and fears about the future of technocratic imagination
A new government means a new set of favourite bureaucrats. Who will stay on and who won’t?
Sun’s bet is that it can fix the factory glitches, get US regulatory clearances, and turn the Sun-Ranbaxy combine into a low-cost generics export powerhouse.
Does Rohinton Mistry really need Aditya Thackeray’s permission to visit Mumbai?