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Alia Bhatt, the Wonder Girl of Hindi Cinema

Cover Story

The sensational box office run of her latest film is yet another milestone in the journey of Hindi cinema’s new wonder girl

Stories in this issue

Veere Di Wedding Movie Review

This movie is not a great work of cinema, but it is entertaining in parts and shows us what we have been wanting to see for a long time; four rich cougars out to fix all the rich dicks they ever…

The Myths and Reality About Nipah Virus

BATS LIVE EVERYWHERE, and, in addition to Nipah, they carry more viruses than we know. They have carried them around for the last 52.5 million years. And yet, we didn’t know of Nipah Virus till 1998…

Nipah: A State of Virus

ON MAY 17TH, when the case of 22-year-old Mohammed Saliah came to the notice of Dr Anoop Kumar AS during his rounds at Baby Memorial Hospital in Kozhikode, he observed the following symptoms: high…

The Price of Petroleum Politics

AFTER A CONTINUAL rise in prices of petroleum products for 16 days, consumers in India breathed a sigh of relief on May 30th, when prices came down marginally in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities. Since…

Wrong on the Right

BEFORE I ARRIVED to work in India, without ever having visited, I had a view on what the country would be like. I was full of preconceptions about life in India generally, but also on the sort of…

Ganging Up On Modi

ON MAY 25TH, a Twitter post on MyVoteToday asked people to vote for a definitive change in the Constitution that would make it mandatory for any party to electorally win a minimum of 51 per cent of…

Alia Bhatt, the Wonder Girl of Hindi Cinema

WHEN WE SAW her as a 16-year- old high-school student in her debut film Student of the Year (2012), that’s exactly who she was. A young girl who seemed to know little about the demands of being a…

The Truth About Tuticorin

SMOKE AROSE IN the sky from gunfire as the trigger-happy policemen took aim. Thirteen people died, while nearly 102 protestors and 34 police personnel were injured. A special deputy tehsildar claims…

The Smart Money Bet

SOME TWO YEARS on, it’s not too premature to celebrate the recast of India’s monetary policy as an explicit inflation buster, is it? Its success seems clear. Ever since the Government amended the RBI…

Out of Charge

ELON MUSK, THE maverick and visionary founder of Tesla, has recently been in a somewhat embattled position. Tesla’s cars, which run on electric power, are in extraordinary demand in the US and have…