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Out to Save Holy Cows

“There is going to be a speech,” observed one of three youths outside a mosque, leaning against his Hero Honda. In an adjacent lane, plastic chairs were being arranged in two rows facing each other.…

The War on Microbes

Yesterday, like that celebrated feline, Erwin Schrödinger’s Cat, I found myself in two states at once. I was at the Haffkine Institute, standing in the exact spot where man had declared war against…

The Great Betrayal of Bihar’s Landless

Nobody living in squalid huts of split bamboo and thatched roofs on the banks of a deserted canal on the outskirts of Araria in Bihar will say it, but they are victims of one of the most eulogised…

Variations in Ageing

Various plant and animal species age differently; some in fact grow stronger and more fertile As the popular perception of ageing goes, humans and animals are strongest when they are young. As they…

Nike+ Fuel Band SE

Though Nike’s second generation Fuel Band SE looks and feels exactly as the original that was released nearly two years ago, Nike has managed to tweak a few things to make it more interesting. The…

Asking for His Own Encore

Twitter can be a harsh place, as Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra have realised since the campaign for Dhoom 3 unfolded a few weeks ago. Catty tweeters have made innumerable jokes about Abhishek and…

Pirate Ploys

One of the biggest woes faced by torrent websites, which facilitate the illegal sharing of copyrighted material, is that they have to constantly move their servers around the globe in fear of a…

A Monarchist Holiday

The successor of the last Maharaja of Travancore passed away recently, leaving behind a small political controversy. Ninety-one-year-old Utharadom Tirunal Marthanda Varma, the successor of the last…

The Case of Exploding Volvos

After two luxury air-conditioned Volvo buses of the same model met with accidents that reduced them to burnt shells, killing 52 passengers, the governments of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have…

In Worship of a God Who Loves Gay People

MUMBAI ~ In the past three years, in the riot of colours that is every Mumbai Queer Pride March, one man stood out. He was a baby-faced person in his late teens, wearing a white bandi and dhoti, his…