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Friends Are Forever

‘A MAN IS KNOWN by the company he keeps’ is a proverb from Aesop’s Fables, whose origins lie in the Panchatantra. Friendship is key to the Nitishastra, with the first two books of the Panchatantra…

Open Diary

THERE ARE FEW countries as preoccupied with its own past— and not necessarily as a conservation exercise—as Germany. This is understandable. After two World Wars that led to defeat, devastation, the…

The Return of Letter Writing

LET’S JUST COME out and say it aloud, email has killed communication. The ping of a new mail in one’s inbox is greeted not with the cheer of ‘Oh, someone has thought of me’, but rather with the groan…

Who’s Afraid of NITI Aayog?

FOR A TRADE unionist, Virjesh Upadhyay is rather calm and collected, even under work stress. But when he talks about the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and its myriad…

The Last Love Song

‘…You, Rarely worshipp’d, have the power To disrupt calendars, make politicians Pull their pants down, businessmen Forget appointments pencilled in diaries, To call the tyrant from his rage And make…

Getting Better

IF YOU HAVE ever appreciated rock & roll—whatever may be the sub-genre, sub-class or sub-strain that you prefer—take a minute, or 40, to listen to the album that influenced the foundations of the…

Her Story Retold

WRITING ONE’S LIFE story is, in many ways, the opposite of what we women are taught to do. Early in life, almost every girl learns that in order to survive, she must make herself tiny and quiet;…

Grime and Punishment

IT WAS A book that changed the world and entered the popular lexicon as shorthand for the terrible cruelty exercised by the state upon those ideologically or criminally guilty of transgressing the…

Survivor in the City

WHAT MAKES A love story? ‘Love’—well, many people have that. But a ‘story’—only a handful. And what is a better plot twist than death to convert life into literature? Insomniac City is one such love…

Tragedy in Transit

DEEPAK UNNIKRISHNAN’S Temporary People, a lacerating exposition of the existence of ‘temporary people’ in the Arabian Gulf, tells the unheard stories of sacrifice smeared with sweat, tears and semen…