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Journey Through the Valley of Death

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On destruction’s trail

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On Destruction’s Trail

The chopper dives in, slants and rises again. We are in between two cliffs. Below, the Alaknanda gushes, swollen and angry. The day before, a rescue chopper had crashed in Gaurikund and burst into…

Don’t Bet on Winning This Prize

Mathematics has a way of keeping its patrons indulged for ridiculously extended periods of time, on problems that are incredibly easy to state. June 23 marked the 20th anniversary of Andrew Wiles’…

Sex, Lies and Gossip

Somewhere in the late 1990s, there began a rumour that Salman Khan was HIV positive. During the same time, it was said that Shah Rukh Khan was bisexual. One reporter was even brave enough to ask him…

Knot a Sensible Thing to Do

NEW DELHI ~ The Kerala government has just brought down the minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls to 16. A circular stating this was issued in response to the director of the Kerala Institute of…

The Stoneman Returns

A fully clothes male mannequin stands outside the railway station area of Kolhapur city. It is clad in unkempt clothes and looks more like a scarecrow than a model. The rain has not helped; the…

Left Seeks to Bring Together Regional Parties

Charged times often make for charged politics, but decisions taken at such times produce results that may not always be what a party intended. This is especially true for the Left parties, who have…

Gold Continues to Glitter

Sometimes, it pays to go by conventional wisdom rather than what financial gurus exhort us to believe. India’s huge penchant for gold is one such case, where people have ignored the advice of…

Sex, Lies and Gossip

Somewhere in the late 1990s, there began a rumour that Salman Khan was HIV positive. During the same time, it was said that Shah Rukh Khan was bisexual. One reporter was even brave enough to ask him…

Our Recurring Nightmare

It is a short walk between the parking lot at Mumbai Airport and the Arrivals lounge. Yesterday, at 2 am, it seemed like the thin edge of a Mass Extinction Event. The whole wedge? Seven billion and…

Love in the Time of Caste Politics

There was nothing extraordinary about their romance in the beginning. The boy’s name was Ilavarasan, the girl’s Divya. Both were from Vellalappatti Panchayat in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district.…