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AN INDIAN ORIGINAL

Cover Story

Why Aatish Taseer is the most distinctive voice of his generation. Excerpts from his new novel

Stories in this issue

So long, farewell Deven Verma

“Mummy, oh mummy, tu kab saas banegi?” This hilarious song from the family entertainer Khatta Meetha (1977) was filmed on Deven Verma’s Dara – comedian par excellence, who breathed his last this…

THE BRIDES WHO DARED

When Shobha read the paper on her way to college in Jaipur, on an unusually warm October morning recently, she was instantly flooded with memories of the day that changed the course of her life. The…

AN INDIAN ORIGINAL

The word for history in Sanskrit is itihasa, the way things were. When, half way through Aatish Taseer’s new novel, Toby, Sanskrit scholar and classicist, gives us a little grammatic- al explanation…

Another Day in Paradise

Since early November, a minor artery connecting the hamlets of Krishnayapalem and Rayapudi in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district has been witness to a remarkable spectacle. Every day, for the past…

DIDI’S DEADLY GAME

One of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s numerous idiosyncrasies is that she goes to sleep in the wee hours of the day. The CPM goons who assaulted her on the fateful 16 August of 1990,…

Not a Minor Player

One day, Asaduddin Owaisi is at Javkheda village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district in a show of solidarity with Dalits after three members of a Dalit family were brutally killed in October. The…

Out of Sight

Once upon a time these were the men who ruled the country. But the last election decimated the Congress and left most of its top rung out in the cold, unemployed in high politics. Many have returned…

The Lady India Loved to Hate

Earlier this month, news leaked out that counter-intelligence agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had searched the Washington DC home and State Department office of veteran diplomat…

All Smoke, No Fire

Even if you are in extreme pain from a terminal disease you can’t go to a medical shop and ask for morphine because, it is assumed, you don’t have the ability to self-medicate or you could misuse it…

The contentious Insurance Bill

The much-debated Insurance Laws Amendment Bill (2014) seeks to raise the ceiling on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in insurance from the current limit of 26 per cent to 49 per cent. The firm will…