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Rahul Gandhi versus the Old Guard

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Why his battle is not yet lost

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Snoops on a Train

Bombay’s lifeline, as lovers of the crumbling city call it, is a melting pot of people and cultures. On the city’s local trains, humans of all sizes, shapes, colours and creeds melt into a single…

The Mash-up Artist

Atul Dodiya’s factory-sized studio in Ghatkopar, a fast developing eastern suburb in Mumbai, is as elegant and meticulously organised as his paintings. Its sheer spaciousness, splendid furnishings…

‘A Jolt at the End of the Wire’

Donna Tartt is really code, as in ‘Dear Lord, Bless my family and thank you for the bounty set before us, Donna Tartt’. It is a punctuation that gives thanks for those who have made sense out of…

Fathers, Brothers and Other Demons

It was the first day of 2013. Priya’s family waited for the popular Aaj Tak crime show Vardaat to begin. Shams Tahir Khan, the presenter of the show for the last ten years, is something of a…

Happy Feet and Many Hats

“In Hyderabad, they take me as a choreographer. Everybody, including fans, call me Master. In Chennai, I am known as an actor and in Bollywood, as a director,” announces Prabhudheva, offering us a…

Whose Word Is It Anyway?

About five years ago, when a Delhi-based NGO involved in environmental and social issues decided to start a brand that would retail kitschy apparel and accessories that had been upcycled (created…

Narendra Modi and the Stockmarket

There is a word that Indian stockmarkets appear to be in the grip of: ‘decisive’. It describes a form of political leadership that many market analysts hope—and increasingly expect—will lead India…

The Prison Social Network

For prisoners in Kerala, especially those with the backing of a powerful political party, being in jail can still mean a happy social-networking life. Undertrials in a political murder case that…

The Ambitious Independent

With both the BJP and AAP falling short of claiming a majority in the Delhi Assembly polls, Rambir Shokeen, Delhi’s lone Independent candidate elected this time, has his hopes pinned on the position…

The Gold Thief’s Banana Diet

The police are keeping alive the notorious Bengali interest in scatology. According to a recent report in The Times of India, the city police arrested Raju Thakur for snatching a gold necklace on the…