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A Passage to India

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Where the state is protector and watchdog

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Gay and Proud

Manoj Bajpayee is being hailed for his performance as a lonely 64-year-old professor persecuted for being gay in Hansal Mehta’s new film Aligarh. Praise has come in from many quarters, including from…

Aligarh

There is no aspect of life that is not political in India. A professor of Indian Languages on the verge of retirement is fair game, and his sexual orientation a perfect opportunity, for sabre-…

A Cockney Chaffinch and the Art of Birdsong

It was on a cold winter morning in St James’ Park, London, that I came across the song of a bird I did not know. The cold was of a winter dawn, raw and unrelenting. Mallards huddled in the morning…

A Grain of Truth

Last month I wrote about the tsunami of diabetes threatening to engulf India. Recent data shows that 20 per cent of people aged 40 and 40 per cent aged 60 in Delhi and Chennai suffer from diabetes.…

Sonam Kapoor: Girl Uninterrupted

Sonam Kapoor isn’t the most ambitious actress you’ll meet. She does one film a year. Takes a couple of months off to travel and read. She doesn’t follow the example of her contemporaries, who are…

Cricket: A Field Day

Having watched India defeat Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 group match in Dhaka on 27 February, the feats that linger longest in my mind aren’t the devilish bowling of Mohammad Amir, all bustle and…

Bant Singh: Notes of Defiance

Chandigarh-based poet and journalist Nirupama Dutt’s The Ballad of Bant Singh is a lyrical and moving biography to the Dalit singer. In the poem called Of Bant We Sing, Dutt introduces us to her…

Stripped to the Core

All reading is a form of literary and literal stalking. Never before had I felt this as strongly as when I found myself rummaging through my stationery drawers in search of different coloured…

Onward and Upward

Winged Fire is Valmik Thapar’s paean to the birds of India, much like his earlier two in this trilogy, Tiger Fire and Wild Fire, which were to tigers and Indian wildlife. For anyone remotely…

Vivek Shanbhag: Family Matters

Type ‘Ankola’ into Google. You’ll stumble across an incomplete Wikipedia entry, photos of beaches dotted with coconut trees and picturesque temples. While online snapshots can never provide a…