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Being Deepika Padukone

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What makes her an Indian original

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Being Deepika Padukone

WHEREVER YOU ARE in Mumbai, there is one sculpted life-size face that is constantly looking back at you. She is on the edge of skywalks, outside suburban malls, on the Metro line, inside…

For a Sustainable Sensex

OH, WHAT A giddy ride it’s been, up, up and further up the Sensex curve, as many a stockmarket player has had occasion to exclaim. On January 17th, the BSE index of 30 blue-chip shares whizzed past…

Who’s Afraid of a Caricature?

IT WAS A daring instance of breaking away from the Brahminical consensus of self-reverential media when the Spectator magazine found some virtue in Donald Trump. It wrote in an editorial: ‘Among the…

A Critique of Artistic Decline

HUMANITY HAS much interest in understanding the engine of creativity. Great artists are studied, their lives deconstructed, the innards of their mind scanned and expurgated in books, theses and…

Aziz Ansari: He Too

EARLIER THIS YEAR, Aziz Ansari became the first Asian-American, and the first person of Indian origin, to win a Golden Globe award. He won Best Actor in a TV comedy for his popular Netflix show…

The Shield of India

INDIA CARRIED OUT a successful test of Agni V, a missile with a range of 5,500-5,800 km, on January 18th, from an island off the coast of Odisha. This was the fourth test of the missile that can…

A Century in Orbit for ISRO

AN ENDURING IMAGE of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is that of its ‘rocket women’. Women scientists dressed in Kanjeevaram saris and jasmine flowers in their hair, hugging each other…

Mumbai Notebook

DELHIWAALAS LOVE Mumbai in winter. For one thing, our temperatures are quite balmy compared to the capital’s—a ‘Cold Wave’ here means 13º. For another, Delhi’s smog is so bad that Mumbai’s pollution…

Mutiny in the Court

IN A DRAMATIC and unusual move on January 12th, four senior judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference in the capital. During the course of their address, they highlighted a number of…

The Road to Jerusalem

ISRAEL HAD MUCH to celebrate in 2017. The 120th anniversary of the birth of the Zionist movement commemorated the first Zionist congress convened in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897 by Theodor Herzl, a…