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What Keeps Anupam Kher Provoked?

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SS Rajamouli: Wizrd Of the South

BACK IN 2012, when the Bollywood film Bol Bachchan—a silly action comedy directed by Rohit Shetty—was released, it became one of the year’s most commercially successful films. When the film’s lead…

EgyptAir Flight Hijacking: Flight of Fancy

WHEN NEWS EMERGED of a plane being diverted from Alexandria in Egypt to Larnaca in Cyprus on Tuesday, it had all the makings of another dreary Middle Eastern terror incident. Barely six hours later,…

Mumbai's Dumping Grounds: Beyond the Hazy Horizon

IN 2007, RAHIL SIDDIQUE, a general practitioner, set up his clinic in Deonar, at the edge of India’s largest garbage dumping ground. There had been no doctor in the area and he immediately began to…

Yogic Nonsense

SHOULD YOU PUT your faith in the Union Minister of State for Ayush, Shripad Naik, and decide that instead of chemotherapy, you will do yoga to get cured of cancer, then you will die. If it is slow…

The Define Comedy

DEFINITIONS HAVE A finality about them, particularly so when they are articulated by people who prefer certainties to fluidity, the rigidity of dogma to the elasticity of ideas. When power defines…

Hillary Clinton: Make Way for Madam President

IT HAS BEEN the most violent, distasteful and at times maddeningly puerile drama in America’s recent political history. No wonder the Republican primary contest has dominated headlines, in America…

What Keeps Anupam Kher Provoked?

IN THE MID-70S, WHEN THEATREPERSON Amal Allana came to Panjab University to head its department for Indian theatre, she cast Anupam Kher, a wiry, extroverted young student, in a play—a Hindi…

Shambhu Baba: A Saint Is Sighted

TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Nityanand Jha, from Madhubani in Bihar, is among the thousands who have gathered for a glimpse of Shambhu Baba. Four years ago, the young man met with an accident that left him…

The Latest Ghost Story

NOTHING SCARES ARUN Sharma. The 25-year- old MBA graduate has participated in high-altitude bike racing, trekked to Everest Base Camp by himself, jumped off an aeroplane at 15,000 feet and if all…

Swiss Watchmakers: Time Is on Their Side, Still

AT FIRST ACQUAINTANCE, THERE IS SOMETHING of a wax art party in the air at Baselworld, the high-glitz watch fair held in this Swiss city every spring, reminiscent of gatherings of fancy candlemakers…