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Table of Contents

11-17 Jun, 2013 | Vol 05 | Issue 23
What is it?
None of those who use the term ‘hipster’ seem entirely clear about what it means. According to the aggregate wisdom of Wikipedia, to which Sharma turned for clarity, ‘hipster’ refers to ‘a subculture of young, urban middle class adults and older teenagers that appeared in the 1990s… associated with independent music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, progressive or independent political views, alternative spirituality or atheism/agnosticism, and alternative lifestyles’.
SEE SMALL WORLD

Let’s stop making silly assumptions about what drove Jiah Khan to suicide

The sorry tale of how the Congress has failed Muslims on a key promise yet again

The Congress continues to spin the news in favour of the Gandhis, but why do TV networks let it?

How the police got a fix on the spot-fixing scam. And what’s happening in their interrogation rooms right now

Is Maharashtra’s Chief Minister just too squeaky clean for his own good?

The IPL spot-fixing scam has again brought the disparate worlds of gangsters and reporters together

How a changing India is re-engineering the DNA of its fabled nerd: a little too fast for some and much too slowly for others

How can someone else know what you want in bed if you don’t?

Amway India Chief Bill Pinckney’s arrest is an occasion to consider imposing rules on sales pyramids

The story of how an arthritic village boy who was laughed at became a celebrity wrestler with a cause

Sizzle After the Fizzle • Up Close and Privileged • Jhappi Jilters All

Books

After years of putting off a lifelong passion, Kishwar Desai finds she must shut herself off from the world in order to write—but the world still seeps into her writing

Arts

She may be a magician, but PC Sorcar’s daughter Maneka Sorcar just cannot make gender discrimination disappear

Science

Yes, nano-clays modified with amino acids can coax new bone growth

Gadgets

This music machine is for those who dig deep bass and retro looks

Cinema

A film as rootless and rife with loose ends as the pretty people in it