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A Tribe Without Principle

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Mercedes S Class 2014

The brand new S Class is here. It looks beautiful, and has a powerful 4.6 Litre V8 engine that can do a 0-100 in 4.8 seconds, peaking at 250 kmph. This is one car that is truly loaded when it comes…

The Dwindling Y Chromosome

There has been a fear that in the distant future, the male sex will become extinct, leaving women to come up with a new method of reproduction. The fear arises from the fact that the Y chromosome has…

The Parties of Tomorrow

It seems the era of the ‘superstar deejay’ is upon us, to quote that ode to the 90s, Hey Boy Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers. In 2013, deejays filled stadiums and superclubs in Vegas, Ibiza and…

The Man of a Hundred Drafts

The stories writer Ved Mehta—polite even when he edits your English, soft-spoken, precise in speech—tells you in person are very often anecdotes you would find recounted in his enviably large body of…

Lucrative Liaison

For all the bitching and moaning during the making of Ek Tha Tiger, it appears that director Kabir Khan will work again with his blockbuster hero Salman Khan. During promotions for his latest film…

Dedh Ishqiya

Sequels are usually deathly dull, but Dedh Ishqiya does something very interesting—it makes excellent use of an old genre in Hindi cinema. The ‘muslim social’ was dead and buried by the early 90s,…

The Elusive Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, more than anyone else, represents Indian poetry to the rest of the world. He does so in an iconic, canonical sort of way, with works of Renaissance-like artistic versatility and…

Suddenly Indian

On 14 December 1971, Sanaullah Khan was 13 years old when the Indian Army captured his village, Turtuk, from Pakistan. At the edge of Baltistan, enclosed by the Karakoram mountain range with the…

My Anti-Resolutions

By the time you read this column, we’ll be well into the third week of January. Basically, almost six per cent of the year is already behind us. If you’re still determinedly plowing through your…

The Lullaby That Led to a Dream

Inside a rented Ambassador cab parked halfway through a playground in Kollam, somewhere behind the makeshift stage where she is scheduled to perform in another half hour, 34-year-old Chandralekha…