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Salman Rushdie: The Fabulist at Play

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The Fairy King: Salman Rushdie in his new novel regains the magic as he unleashes the jinn in the War of the Worlds

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Salman Rushdie: The Fabulist at Play

If the imagination of the storytellers we admire is a permanent astonishment, Salman Rushdie is out there in the front row, his fervour matching one of his favourite women, Scheherazade. So it is apt…

Perils of the Backward Fetish

The ongoing agitation by Patidars—or Patels—in Gujarat for securing Other Backward Class (OBC) status is aimed at enjoying the benefits of reservation, which brings in more power and influence. There…

Why Patels Can’t Complain

It is not difficult to find the entry gate of Matrushakti Society on India Colony Road of Bapu Nagar in Ahmedabad. Once we enter the gated complex, a deafening silence welcomes us, disturbed only by…

Hindu Belief: Legacy versus Destiny

In 1855, German Indologist Albrecht Weber wrote to the Prussian minister of culture on the benefits of continued investment in the study of classical Indian traditions, arguing that only he and his…

The Cave Paintings of Our Time

Advertisement, as Ad guru Alyque Padamsee once observed, are the cave paintings of our time. In an India where ‘two minutes’ could mean anything from ‘right now’ to an eternity (or even a bowl of…

How Not to Look at the Past

Those who try to understand the human past—historians, archaeologists and anthropologists—will tell you that a fundamental tenet of such study is that we don’t evaluate a different era with the…

The Social Cost of Unsafe Roads and Lax Laws

The Centre must speed up its plan to table a Road Transport and Safety bill in Parliament with provisions such as immediate and free treatment for mishap victims. The urgency is grave. Firstly, young…

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

When the religion-based data of India’s Census was released last week, two kinds of headlines did the rounds. The first talked about the birth rate of Muslims going down, and the other about the…

Oliver Sacks: The Brain Traveller

Give or take a century, organ transplants from one human to another are going to be history. Artificial hearts, lungs, kidneys will do better and last longer, every organ replaceable and serviceable…