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.
A wide-ranging exhibition at the National Museum in Delhi shows that wherever ancient Indian art takes you, you run into the human form
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 collection for professional drivers and sports car enthusiasts
Our squinting or widening of eyes are evolutionary tools to help deal with the environment
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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The Maoist plan of revival in an erstwhile bastion now looks bleak
As the BJP seeks another term in Karnataka, Hindutva’s foot soldiers raise a battlecry against cross-community romance
A portrait of a fearless piece of Indian legislation that assures affordable medication to the world’s poor
After Ajit Pawar’s urination comment, a group protesting shoddy drought relief finds unexpected momentum
The line-up for this year’s UEFA Champions League has three usual suspects and one gigantic wave of energy
Vikram Chatwal is worth half a billion dollars. But why does someone like him keep going into self-destruct mode?
The arrival of Christian Louboutin is eagerly welcomed by a burgeoning tribe of Indian women who will go to any length for a good shoe
Cigarettes can always be squeezed for tax revenues or for cash to fund a company’s diversification
Mohammed Riaz never bothers to open his vintage fountain pen outlet before 2 pm, but the 90-year-old business still draws loyal customers from across the country
A Film With the Kapoor Cousins • Catch Tabu If You Can • Goddess Complex
The ethics of Bollywood trying to make capital out of tragedies like the Delhi rape
The Maharashtra BJP’s internal caste politics will do nothing to win the party votes in a state where its influence is steadily diminishing
Two books on Narendra Modi establish why it is silly to hope that the bigot will ever be any less bigoted
They evolved from Homo erectus, considered the immediate ancestor of modern humans
An entertaining and entirely irreverent ghost story
A beautiful multimedia-optimised all-in-one PC with touch technology
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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 primeval analysis endures
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?