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Narendra Modi: Triumph of the will

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The man, the mind, the mandate and the mission

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Verdict Day: Vignettes from BJP headquarters

On the morning of May 16th, Tekchand, an emaciated 48-year-old who puts up an ice cream cart at India Gate every evening made his way to 11, Ashoka Road to witness the frenzied celebrations outside…

Salute the rising sun

Except for its 1947 decision to leave the ungentlemanly intelligence business to the seedy back- room boys—who were not even allowed the title ‘Department’ for their central intelligence agency—the…

Minimum cabinet maximum governance

Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ will be tested just moments after he takes his oath of office. How? By the number of ministers who follow him to take their oath of…

Busy actors and harried filmmakers

Busy Actors and Harried Filmmakers Reports that the desi version of 24—produced by and starring Anil Kapoor—didn’t quite achieve viewership targets haven’t dampened the actor’s spirit. AK is…

Hawaa Hawaai

Inexplicably, Amole Gupte, who was shaping up as a very interesting director—with a style of subtle realism and a way of treating children as individuals, as convincingly as the Italian neo-realists…

The last of the gentle humorists

Colonial and post-colonial writing in Urdu was enriched by a tradition of humour and satire, and Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi is its leading light. A new translation of his last published work, Mirages of…

The man who wrote a poem on a non-meeting

By fading light, he looked hard at the old maw and while his breath emptied to a final pause, he grinned and painted the parachute trees in the mildewed sepias of autumn. In 2004, three seminal…

On a magic carpet in Varanasi

Like all things fiery, elections have a pleasurable build-up, a climax, and then an emptiness that makes you wonder if it was worth it after all. It was during the anticipatory phase of this multiple…

Bespoke for the Boss

At Raisina Hill that morning, the male dress form stood solemn and solitary, dressed in a grey silk shirt and trousers. A hand-woven tailored jacket in different hues stood out against the grey skies…

The Modi hotness quotient

“As a rule,” she says, “I prefer clean, unshaven men.” Pria Warrick, a former Miss India America who currently runs one of Delhi’s top grooming schools, is speaking over the telephone. “But I will…