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Salman Rushdie: Novelist of the Now

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Salman Rushdie returns with an American thriller

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Salman Rushdie: Novelist of the Now

ELSEWHERE IN THE GOLDEN HOUSE, IN one of their breakfast conversations, the narrator René Unterlinden’s Indian-American filmmaker girlfriend, Suchitra Roy, tells him, “Dostoevsky got all his plots by…

Anatomy of a Wet Crumbling

‘AN ANGRY MUMBAI Demands Answers’—so went the banner in a prime time news segment about the rain that flooded and paralysed the city for a day. The answer is simple: there was more water entering…

Inside the Blue Whale

FOR SOME WEEKS now, we have been assailed with news of an internet game called the Blue Whale, and how it is spreading among young adults and teens. In this game, so the narrative goes, every player…

Dealing with the Deluge

CLOSE TO 16 MILLION people have been affected by a spate of floods in South Asia this monsoon. India, Nepal and Bangladesh have borne the brunt of nature’s fury. The number of persons displaced has…

The River Sutra of Jaggi Vasudev

IN HIS LONG dark kurta, flowing white beard and mundu, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, sitting by the glass wall of a house in central Delhi, flips through Raghu Rai’s picture book on him, recalling the…

Ikea and the Art of Thinking Local

ANYONE WHO HAS visited an Ikea megastore is entitled to think it would be the last enterprise on earth to be daunted by the Escheresque marvel of a spatial maze that India’s retail policy framework…

Open Diary

THE OVERWHELMING majority of Indians describe themselves as Hindus. Yet, as has often been noted, Hinduism is not really a religion but more akin to a civilisation. There is no uniformity of beliefs…

Politics on a Pedestal

AFTER THE RECENT disturbing scenes at Charlottesville, Virginia, in the US, we need to talk about statues—about why we put them up, who has the right to take them down and why we are so passionate…

Look Who Wants Bloodshed

THERE WERE NO elegies penned for the 38 ‘premis’ of Dera Sacha Sauda who died on August 25th. They were ordinary people, the faithful of the self-styled Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, drawn…