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The Art and Attitude of Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Alarmism versus Atavism

FIRST THE DECLARATIONS, because ‘Who Are We?’ is the question that concentrates the national mind nowadays. Or so it seems at a time when definitions and attitudes have become the talk of the nervous…

The Art and Attitude of Nawazuddin Siddiqui

A STEEL-GREY FORD Endeavor lurches into Juhu’s narrow lanes. Inside it is a celebrity. Occasionally, it runs into the jam of a traffic signal. Like always, there are the burly men you find around…

Colson Whitehead: The Escape Artist

WE ARE TOLD too often, and too gratuitously, that a particular book is an ‘essential read’. Reviewers tend to throw in that phrase just to boost their self-importance. A doctor can tell you, ‘It is…

Non-Veg Food for Thought

ONE OF THE fallouts whenever a BJP government comes to power is the cow becoming the centre of the universe. Even in the era of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, magical properties began to be found in the urine…

BJP in Pole Position

BY-ELECTIONS ARE usually tame affairs in Indian politics. The party in power in a given state usually walks away with wins. This is, in part, a matter of a longstanding tradition: voters seldom give…

Passionate and Picky

IT TOOK MADHAVI Balakrishnan all of six days after ending a two-year live-in relationship to find a new partner. And no, he wasn’t a rebound, it wasn’t too soon and her motives had nothing to do with…

The Ideological Threat of Islam

AYAAN HIRSI ALI has just published an important—and importantly provocative—new book. I propose to discuss its message, but would first like to take you on a swift tour of her life. In 1992, at 23…

President Trump Fires a Missile

ASKED WHAT HE would do to end Syria’s wretched civil war, Donald Trump until very recently said: “Nothing.” Railing against US involvement in senseless foreign wars was part of his ‘America First’…

Rankings and Ratings in Our Lives

EARLY ON A Friday evening, one of the many restaurants in the alleyways of Shahpur Jat is empty and oppressive, as the air-conditioner barely shuffles the air. But slowly the centre table of 12…

Indian Horror Returns: Beware the Ramsays

WE WAIT IN a small old-fashioned two- storied Bandra bungalow, repainted a bright yellow, which once perhaps served as a single house. Some members of the Ramsay family, Indian horror cinema’s once-…