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The travel issue 2018

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102 Not Out Movie Review

This is an infantile film that has nothing to do with old age. It is about two stalwarts of Hindi cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, playing foolish roles in a badly written movie. Based on a Gujarati…

The Liberation Theory of a Singular Traveller

EARLIER THIS YEAR, a friend lent me his derelict house in a small village in Tamil Nadu. I had been keen to visit the Mahashivaratri celebrations at a nearby yoga centre. However, since my trip was…

Darjeeling of the Mind

ALTHOUGH I HAVE been to Darjeeling a countless number of times, when I glimpsed it this time after a gap of so many years, I felt a little breath swell up in my chest. Our taxi had coughed and…

Indian Summer as a Traveller’s Tale

SINCE INDIANS IN the ancient world had no conception of documenting their world as a historical enterprise and the Greeks did, the genesis of a secular account of India can be traced back to Ktesias…

The Victim Politics

RASHON NELSON AND Donte Robinson are America’s most famous victims today, two young black men staring into the consciousness of a people still steeped in racial prejudice. They are outsiders who get…

Open Diary

IF INDIA IS rather lax about history, the West seems obsessed with it. Anniversaries have been transformed into major marketing events, with the media planning for them years in advance and…

One Morning in Delhi...

This is a dilemma as old as the reflected glories in a photograph: Does the photographer follow the instinct of the camera or does the camera follow the instinct of the photographer? The provenance…

Footloose in Hokkaido

AT FIRST, THERE was silence. An open expanse of snow was all that could be seen for miles on either side of the narrow ledge we’d been allowed to stand on. Photographers from around the world…

The Old New Hanoi

SO WHAT DO you do when you land at Vietnam? You can sense the air is heavy with both urbanisation and the memories of war. Well, you start drifting, imagining and feeling the place. You start…