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Out of the Woods

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The 5/9 conspiracy

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Once Again to the Cricket Carnival

As he conducted the IPL 2014 auction in Bangalore on 12 February, the auctioneer Richard Madley seemed to be standing in an outsized Pepsi can. The image reminded you of a performance by a man the…

X on The Lips and Other Arousing Wares

Samir Saraiya mimics the conspiratorial approach of a typical peddler of prurience found at Mumbai’s Manish Market or Delhi’s Palika Bazaar. “Maal chahiye”? (Want stuff?) A jocular 41-year-old,…

Like it or not, you can buy it

Just like the real world, we crave attention online. Some want less, some want more, but we all want it to a certain degree. We want people to follow us on social networking websites, to ‘like’ our…

Allah’s Rock Stars

They will sing their way out of this, the slum life, they say. In fact, they repeat it so many times that they almost believe it. But before they sing, they touch their ears, fold hands, and ask for…

Love in the Time of HIV

It is the second real day of winter by the almanac of the sun, the day after the winter solstice. But it has been sweater cold for several days now, the pushcarts of smoky peanuts and sticky peanut…

The Eternal Poet

I am a Sahir fan. And I understand Akshay Manwani’s sentiment when, in his introduction to Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet, he explains why he chose to write a book about the poet: ‘I felt…

Fast and Fabulous

This might have been the 12th edition of the biennial Auto Expo, but it’s safe to say the 2014 event was India’s first international level motorshow. The new venue at Greater Noida, infrastructure…

Size Matters

Why do some animals have large testicles in comparison with other animals? Why does, for instance, a bonobo have much larger testicles than a gorilla, a fellow primate? According to a new study, the…

New Kindle Paperwhite

This new Kindle Paperwhite features a brand new display technology that allows for a much higher contrast and brilliant reflectivity, making reading very easy on the eyes. It uses a next generation…