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New Year 2019 Issue: Editor’s Note

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Zero Movie Review

A fantastical film that holds you in fits and starts with its sheer unpredictability, ‘Zero’ has one uncanny scene that may reflect what writer Himanshu Sharma is trying to get at in the movie. The…

Clash at the Confluence

IN TODAY’S PRAYAGRAJ,A CITY which was called Allahabad till October, the navigation pointer on Google Maps is like a dog chasing its own tail. It is not due to some technological glitch, but because…

The Quest for Immortality

LENNY ABRAMOV, A CHARACTER from novelist Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, declares in his diary that he is never going to die. Why? Because he thinks the technology for it is almost here…

Why Vivekananda Matters More Today

A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK, ON SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S birthday tithi according to the Hindu almanac, I found myself through sheer grace at Belur Math, on the outskirts of the great colonial metropolis of…

1919: A Portrait

IF A SINGLE EVENT WERE TO BE LISTED TO capture the mood in India a century ago, the massacre in Jallianwala Bagh in April 1919 would easily qualify. The enormity of the outrage obscures its context,…

God of the Year: Ayyappa - A Life

IT WAS IN THE YEAR 1989 THAT Chandrahas Shetty, who is 60 years old now, made his first journey to Sabarimala. In the village of Shankarapura in Udupi, Karnataka, he and a few friends got together…

New Year 2019 Issue: Editor’s Note

YEAR-END REVIEWS ARE SURVIVORS’ TALES, pleasing exaggerations and selective forebodings. Journalism’s calendar fetish adds a sense of authenticity to it, durable through the weekend, at most. We draw…

Being a Punjabi

SOMEWHERE IN THE 1930S, A group of Punjabi writers decided to try an experiment. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Punjabi literature, they tried to create a writers’ village of sorts.…

The Cult of Draupadi

O Lady who resides in Gingee, my mother Our beautiful goddess I only believe in you, please assist us. For the exiled Pandavas, my mother You protected them as a heroic goddess. O Lady who resides in…