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Editor’s Note: The Truth of the Matter

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Tridip Suhrud on Greatness | The Man and the Mahatma | The Reinvention of Khadi | The Politics of Fasting | Train of Thought | Aesthetics of the Austere | The Ultimate Male Model

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Editor’s Note: The Truth of the Matter

IT’S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOK TITLES, AND IT SETS THE writer, a premature memoirist, apart as a rare moralist in an age unburdened by neologisms such as fake news and post-truth. Premature because…

On the Slow Track

DEVELOPMENT IS OFTEN about connectivity. This term can be interpreted in many different ways, but one core element of physical connectivity is always transport. Within transport, there are various…

The Power of Hunger

ON JANUARY 30TH, 2011, WHEN THE INDIA AGAINST Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare was about to take off, there was a protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Dr Ratna Magotra, a cardiac surgeon who had…

The Man and the Mahatma

JAMES BOSWELL’S LEGENDARY biography of Samuel Johnson was based on first-hand experience of living, working and travelling with the great man for most of his life. Ramachandra Guha, denied that…

Mumbai Notebook

BETWEEN THE last column and the current one, we have seen Mumbai’s biggest annual festival. We are not talking Diwali, the Festival of Noise, but Ganeshotsav, which is Mumbai’s (and Maharashtra’s)…

Indraprastha

REMEMBER AMAR SINGH? The portly gentleman always on the side of the Samajwadi Party boss, Mulayam Singh Yadav? The one who virtually acted as the latter’s one-man brains trust? Well, that decades-…

Train of Thought

I AM STANDING TONIGHT AT KALYAN JUNCTION, ON THE periphery of Mumbai, waiting for a train to take me to Rajkot. The night is thick with heat. And the sky drips occasionally with an unseasonal rain.…

The Reinvention of Khadi

THE SLENDER HENNAED FINGERS OF A woman in Karnataka’s Bandanvalu village disentangle coarse white cotton threads with one hand as she runs the charkha with the other. Gandhi’s iconic spinning wheel…

Khadi Cool

Woven into the legend of Khadi are the struggle and sagacity of one amazing man who has elevated the homespun to the realm of the spiritual. The fabric of Gandhi is a statement of the austere and an…