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Jayalalithaa is invincible in spite of a diminished aura

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Pollution War: An Odd Fellow Gets Even With Delhi

ASK ANY CAR driver about his experience of driving in Delhi these days and he is likely to give you a thumbs-up. Go to any of the ‘neck’ areas of the city—the Income Tax Office, for example, or the…

Jayalalithaa: The Mother of All Battles

TENS OF THOUSANDS brave the afternoon sun, lockstepped and sweat-drenched under their green party-issue caps, roaring and waving at TV cameras as though they were plucked from their mundane lives for…

Around the World in Weighty Days

THE PANAMA PAPERS have illustrated that political leaders anywhere are no longer invulnerable beyond their borders. Parking money abroad is no longer safe: a single data leak can lead to widespread…

A Classical Passage to India

WHILE THE RELATIONSHIP of Sanskrit studies in India to that in the Western academy has been much discussed following the Murty Library controversy, not enough has been said about the wider context of…

AAPocracy and the Cult of K

ONCE UPON A TIME, when the Leader was Great and his country was heaven on earth, influential newspapers in the West and elsewhere used to carry huge advertisements on juche, paid for by the…

Watches: Time Is Precious

ALL ART IS INNOVATION. At Basel, the Swiss city where watchmakers gather every year to showcase the latest they have on offer, the reverse rings just as true. This is where a story of ingenuity that…

Sunny Leone: The Storyteller

ON a warm suburban Mumbai afternoon, in the quiet environs of a hotel lobby, the phone rings to inform me I am late. By a quirk of fate, or faulty mobile reception, it appears a text message…

Pheromone Parties: Scent and Sensuality

THE ORGANISERS knew she had cheated right away. “You smell clean,” was the only response from Aditi Bedi, the 22-year-old who was hosting the party at her Gurgaon penthouse that evening. The girl…

Avinash Chandra: The Disappearing Artist

ONE OF THE finest stalls at the India Art Fair 2016, for me, was the mini pop-up ‘museum’ set up by Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), recently christened DAG Modern. And a museum of sorts it was, no doubt.…

The Big Small Book

ANJALI JOSEPH’S FIRST multiple award-winning novel, published in 2010, is set in a quiet middle-class Bombay neighbourhood— the eponymous Saraswati Park—and recreates its unhurried pace. To me, it…