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Who’s Amit Shah?

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The second most powerful man in BJP is more than what you have heard of him

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The Director’s Tantrum

The drama over the casting of Karan Johar’s Shuddhi and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani reached epic proportions last week when Band Baaja Baaraat star Ranveer Singh was forced to choose one…

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic

Inspired by the legendary Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road Race, the world’s most gruelling open-road endurance competition, the Carrera chronograph from TAG Heuer became a style legend for its…

Expressions and Evolution

When our eyes squirm in disgust or widen in fear, what is the function they serve? How did facial expressions emerge? Did they arise to help us communicate with others, as a form of social…

Film after Life

A Calcutta apartment in the 1970s. Paperbacks stacked on desks, newspapers strewn on the mosaic floor, and on the kerosene stove, tea for two. Ravens perched on the aluminium rails of either window…

Heard the One about SRK’s Son?

In 2004, some naughty kids from Juhu brought to Mid Day’s office a cellphone video—called an MMS back then—of young Kareena and Shahid Kapoor playing tongue hockey, looking lost in love, at a…

Reductive India

‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ There is a subset of humanity that is wont to put up inspirational quotes on Facebook, impelled, it seems, by their…

The Sage

I first met S Paul in the darkroom of the Indian Express photo department. We were emptying drawers of film to make space for CDs. It was 2004. An undated photograph by him slipped out of the pages…

Love and Longing on WeChat

On a dark wintry evening in Gangtok, a cell phone screen flickers to life. “Oh,” says a young man in genuine surprise, the eagerness on his face lit up by the flickering screen, “it’s her, it’s her…

A Glass of Milk and Plenty of Water

Joan Robinson, who taught Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Cambridge in the 1950s, famously said, “Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.” Seven decades later, this…

Patriarch in Pathos

“He is our one and only leader!” exclaims the young man, cheered by other cadres at Arivalayam, headquarters of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). “The thalaivar’s (leader’s) word is law. Our party…