Previous Issues

The Divide and the Design

Cover Story

Made in Pakistan

Stories in this issue

Royal Absurdity

Once upon a time, a queen lost her kingdom to a foreign invader. Under the terms of surrender, she was allowed to retain her title, inheritable by the seniormost member of the royal family. She was…

Cry Rape

Last October, A 24-year-old lecturer at an engineering college in Greater Noida got a phone call from his father. Sahir, who has requested his last name be withheld, had moved to the city from a…

Living Among the Dead

JAMUA, UTTAR PRADESH ~ On Eid, just before the children went to the Idgah a few kilometres away, Ishratunissa counted her money carefully and handed the coins to her grandson Adil. They totalled Rs 5…

What Middle East Volatility Might Mean

A fortnight ago, Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani got an unusual greeting from US legislators: a threat of new sanctions that could cripple the Islamic Republic’s economy if it failed to…

The Miseducation of Jharkhand’s Children

The teacher drones out a Hindi poem, while most children—it is difficult to guess their ages—stare impassively at books on their laps or at charts hanging on the newly whitewashed wall. Even before…

The Games Congress Plays

A few days after the Congress Working Committee resolved that the UPA Government should move ahead with the creation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy chaired a meeting…

Mamata’s Muzzling Tactics

KOLKATA ~ On 30 July, Kolkata resident Dr Shyamal Ray received a summon to meet the Superintendent of Police, South 24 Parganas, on 5 August. “It was possibly the fifth or sixth time big bosses in…

The Superstar Deconstructed

What is a superstar but an irrational image etched in the hearts of a billion people. An image embellished day in and day out. Pilgrimages done to get a glimpse of them. Men and women falling in love…

BlackBerry Looks to Sell Out

So long BlackBerry boys. The phone that revolutionised the market when it was launched has been unable to cope with the onslaught of smartphones and the competition they bring in terms of the number…

Gandhi’s Gripe With Cricket

The versatile Marathi actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, known nationally for playing Gandhi in Lage Raho Munnabhai, was at a chat in Mumbai over the weekend. Prabhavalkar, a colossus in Marathi culture, is…