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How I Became a Fort Conservationist

As a youngster, I was a bit of a drifter. I started working while studying in junior college, tried my hand at poetry and later started volunteering with a social organisation. But I always, in a way…

From Shoes to Shaadi

Men, my 26 years of wisdom tell me, are horrible creatures. I’d agreed to meet the Boyfriend’s parents with nary a protest. I’d even spent an hour with our trusty neighbourhood caterer, carefully…

Parsis and the Art of Automobile Maintenance

In 1970, an American economist named George Akerlof published a paper on information asymmetry. Titled ‘The Market for Lemons: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism’, it examined the market…

Sting Operators

With Diwali barely a few days away, her chores seem to multiply by the hour. As she deftly plonks her two-month-old boy on the corner of a bed only to stop the other two—her two-year-old son and…

Trouble in Paradise

Times change. Places change. People change. Or do they? In Bhutan, one can believe nothing really changes. That time is a soft breeze that blows through the country, winding its way between the high…

Those Who Can, Blog

In December 1978, after fashion photographer Bill Cunningham photographed Greta Garbo in a chance photograph on the streets of New York, a selection of his candid photographs of fashionable people in…

‘The Arms Lobby Is Very Strong’

General VK Singh has perhaps been India’s most controversial Army chief since Independence. For a year’s extension in office, he took the Government to court over a dispute on his age. Since his…

What Next, Sachin?

Sportsmen accomplish homeric tasks on the field of play but a simple question stumps them when they retire. Former tennis player Ramesh Krishnan captured this condition succinctly in his biography…

Charging Forth

At 67, Paul Schrader, the screenwriter behind perhaps two of the most important American movies of all time—Taxi Driver and Raging Bull—is nowhere near done. If anything, he has a renewed vigour—the…

First, You Print the Shot Glass

Geeksville would cheer. I am invited to a party called ‘3D Print Party Flux Assemble Open-Hardware Kathe UM%hack*’. I don’t understand what that means, though I suppose I can tell you what 3D…