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Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

TO WHAT WAS pure fiction about a White man from an aristocratic family in England brought up by apes in Africa, this film has added a historical background. King Leopold of Belgium sets up ‘The Congo…

Movie Review: Shorgul

‘DIVIDE AND VOTE’ as a political strategy in Uttar Pradesh gets some very bad press in this movie. But you can’t take it very seriously because personal and social equations in the film are…

The Return of the Nation and Other Portents

IT IS NOT a political farce after Brexit. It is perhaps a Shakespearean passage interrupted by the lurid realism of tabloid London, but, nevertheless, a political junkie’s eternal delight, a voyeur’s…

Cabinet Reshuffle: No Distraction Please

AFTER THE SWEARING-IN ceremony on 5 July, the newly inducted ministers were called into a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 2.30 pm. The meeting lasted about 40 minutes and the message was…

Jihad in Bangladesh

YOUNG BANGLADESHI PAINTER Farzana Urmi is distraught. She says that the Dhaka she once knew as a secular metropolis is dead and gone. “It has become a dangerous place now,” she notes pensively,…

The Faux Stages of Man

न त्वं विप्रादिको वर्णो नाश्रमी नाक्षगोचरः This is 1.5 of the Ashtavakra Gita, a text I have mentioned earlier. This is a text where the sage Ashtavakra teaches King Janaka. “You are not a vipra or…

Hippocritic Oath

CHARLIE MUNGER—who along with Warren Buffett turned a failing textile company called Berkshire Hathaway into one of the United States’ largest corporations—once gave a speech at Harvard University…

The Axis of Evil

THE MURDER OF 20 people in a cafe followed by bomb blasts outside the Sholakia Eidgah in Dhaka are just a few in a series of terror attacks that have rocked the Muslim world in the last ten odd days…

The Kitchen on Wheels

SUDHIR KANSE HAD an everyday food ritual. Early evenings, he would sneak out of his workplace for a five-minute walk to nearby Hyde Park. This was back when he was in London, working as a sous chef…

Don’t Demonise Islam

LAST SUMMER, the editor of Open, S Prasannarajan, wrote—in my view a trifle mischeviously— in this magazine that ‘talking about Islam is problematic today, given the alacrity with which the epithet…