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Table of Contents

10-16 Sep, 2013 | Vol 05 | Issue 36
India’s economy is in crisis and there exist ways to address it.
But it looks as if little will happen until a new government takes office. India does not just have a recession, it has currency woes, high inflation, poor infrastructure, endemic corruption and a hidebound political leadership that appears unwilling to do what needs to be done
SEE SMALL WORLD

Another radical suggestion for Veerappa Moily to reduce fuel consumption

An interview with National Advisory Council member Virginus Xaxa, recently appointed head of a committee on the state of India’s tribes

Some commentators have no qualms absolving the Congress on behalf of an entire community

There are multiple ways of being human, being religious among them, that rationalists fail to appreciate

An evening with an alleged ‘mind-reader’

The killing of Dr Narendra Dabholkar does not deter Indians fighting for the supremacy of reason. Here is why

Love blooms or disintegrates, chief ministers sit ignored, drunken stars get sentimental and call each other ‘bro’

It is rare for an entrepreneurial firm in India to acknowledge its limitations sans professionals

On the occasion of this column’s completion of 52 weeks, answers to some FAQs

Will Patna’s first nightclub be able to survive? So wonders Chinki Sinha on a visit to Disc Man

Not as Brave as His Film • Second Choices • Honourable in Debt

Who is responsible for the sorry state of these institutions?

Books

Lavanya Sankaran’s aptly named first novel The Hope Factory is the latest in formulaic fiction from the Subcontinent

Cinema

Even as the din over capital punishment for rapists rises, filmmaker MS Sathyu speaks up against the State’s right to take a citizen’s life

Prakash Jha’s latest is loud, uncouth and rather an awful film

Science

Men are 11 centimetres taller than they were 100 years ago

Gadgets

One of the largest smartphones in India, it has an amazing display

When I first heard of the Xperia Z Ultra’s specifications, I felt that a 6.4-inch screen would be too big to carry, but everything else was interesting: its water resistant capabilities, a Snapdragon 800 Quad Core processor running at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, support for LTE/4G networks, a full high definition screen at 1080x1920 pixels with a Bravia engine, NFC capability, just 212 gm in weight, and latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.