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Arpana Caur: Time Refreshed

IN 1981, HAVING sold a few paintings, artist Arpana Caur, then aged 27, plunged into the world of Indian miniature art. Money she’d earned, she spent on books on the subject, and when offered a…

Indraprastha

NOT FOR NOTHING is the Central Hall of Parliament also called the nation’s hall of gossips. Here, MPs, past and present, mingle freely over steaming cups of coffee and sumptuous meals—highly…

Post-Politics to Post-Truth

POST-TRUTH? I thought we should be talking about post-politics. At a time when the ruins of politics-as-we-know accumulate in the holy lands of democracy, definitions need a reappraisal. Maybe…

Demonetisation: Two Weeks Notice

A POLL BY C-Voter for Huffington Post and Businessworld shows demonetisation having overwhelming support—93 percent thought it a good step and 66 percent even found it well implemented—in both rural…

M Balamuralikrishna: People’s Classicist

THE TERM ‘CLASSICAL music’ can be a misleading label. Along with artistic sophistication and enduring appeal, it suggests an elitist aesthetic accessible only to a few. Mangalampalli…

Nalanda: Academic Interest

CONTROVERSY AND Nalanda University never seem apart. This is unfortunate for the fledgling university that was supposed to provide a modern link to an ancient institution. An order dating November…

Daddy Cool As Culinary Legend

A SMALL, WIRY MAN with bushy whiskers and hollows for cheeks stirs a pot of goat curry. He cooks alfresco on a wood fire, crouched on rocky earth in a lungi and shirt. A dog wails in the background…

Punjab: A River Runs Through It

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, 1990 was a gory year in Punjab. The cycle of killings that began five years earlier showed no signs of abating. Surinder Singh remembers the summer of that year vividly. Not far from…

Demonetisation Demythified

WE NEED TO dispose of some preliminaries first. ‘Demonetisation’ means that some kind of currency unit loses its status as legal tender. This is different from a currency being withdrawn from…