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Eye, Me, Myself

Saloni Dahake says that while most of her selfies are byproducts of boredom, they all mean something. “People are more than the clothes they wear, books they read or movies they watch,” says the 22-…

Betting Big

Rain has mellowed the harshness of summer in Jalna. It’s an overcast afternoon. The weather is usually around 45º celsius in this drought-hit region. On this day, it is below 25º. Jalna is suddenly…

The Lineswomen of Maharashtra

On 6 September, at precisely 9.30 am, when 22-year-old Rupali Gawand climbed up an electricity pole, little did she know that she had made history. All she was aware of was a feeling of elation. The…

Cancer is as Natural as Ageing

For a science book, George Johnson’s The Cancer Chronicles (Random House, Rs 599, 304 pages) carries the oddly philosophical message of acceptance—acceptance of the fact that cancer has been an…

Life on the Line

The quiet night was broken by a volley of bullets, followed by mortar shells, triggering panic among residents. “We first thought a gun-battle had broken out, but minutes later the firing stopped,”…

Modi, Media and Money

Is news television all about TRPs? Or is it an agenda of some kind? Or is there a third dimension? As I sat down to write this piece, my brief was how the Indian media—especially television news—was…

Why Stock Brokers Have Gone Broke

Among the businesses that have suffered the wrath of India’s economic downturn, stock broking is a peculiar case. It has been under stress for want of retail participants in stockmarkets, especially…

A Serpentine Tale

On a recent weekday, an unusual customer appeared outside a tax office in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex in the form of a seven-foot long python. It was somehow secured in a sack meant to package rice…

Peel by Peel

The Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi may have tried to lower market prices for onions by selling truckloads of the vegetable at lower rates, but voters are far from impressed. Many interviewed by…

Mumbai Is Now Off-Limits for Elephants

MUMBAI ~ Banning elephants from a city might sound like a curious form of discrimination, but animal activists aren’t complaining. Elephants can no longer enter Mumbai,Thane or Navi Mumbai. Earlier,…