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All the world’s a stage

William Shakespeare has gone from being British treasure to international phenomenon. The world observes his 450th birth anniversary on April 23.
  • Our Shakespeare

    Almost every language theatre group in India has made Shakespeare its own.
  • ‘Not worthless after all...’

    Gulzar talks about life, love and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
  • Goodbye, carrot top!

    The writer pays tribute to the evergreen American teenager, Archibald Andrews, who will soon meet his end.
  • Call of the white desert

    The writer describes the lure of the Rann, a cross between a photoshopped work of art and a fun fair.
The Martin Droeshout engraving of the Bard printed on the cover of the First Folio.
April 19, 2014

Confessions of a Shakespeare addict

I may describe myself as a “Shakespearaholic” (if we can coin such a word) in the sense that I am like Winston Churchill who is reported to have once claimed, with justifiable pride, that he had ac... »
Increasing needs... Photo: M.A. Sriram
April 19, 2014

Silence from both sides

In the quiet recesses of this country, where the din of electioneering might not have shattered the silence, there is a deep foreboding for the future. That apprehension has less to do with the pre... »
April 19, 2014
trip tips

Travel smart

Foie gras in France; pizza in Pisa; goulash in Hungary; bratwurst in Germany! It borders on sin to miss out on such culinary delights in their places of origin. So travel smart and enjoy it all. »
April 16, 2014
Cambridge Letter

The obligation to choose

Anyone who is interested in the working of democracy will be aware that elections are taking place in India. The coverage of those elections in the United Kingdom has been limited, but it has been... »
A scene from Finding Happiness, the docudrama starring Elisabeth Rohm. Photo: Special Arragement
April 12, 2014

Searching for a swami

You may have noticed her in the TV series, Law and Order, which was on Indian screens not so long ago, as the idealist but go-getting Assistant District Attorney, Serena Southerlyn. Elisabet... »
The Amar Chitra Katha cover.
April 12, 2014

The club mentality

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. I first came across that name through the Amar Chitra Katha. The ‘ACK’ pictorial book was then an integral part of a young mind’s reading material. From his animated stor... » 2 comments
Sahana Banerjee. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 12, 2014

String theory

She is perhaps one of our most accomplished sitar players, but few people know of or have had the opportunity to hear Sahana Banerjee. Besides coaching aspiring musicians and spearheading a movemen... » 1 comment
A Shyam Ahuja Dhurrie. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 12, 2014

A man with designs

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, Shyam Ahuja was the first and last name in floor decor. This was the man who reinvented the dhurrie up from being an underlay for carpets and rejuvena... » 1 comment
Illustration: Satwik Gade
April 12, 2014
Tongue In Cheek

Lotions and potions

Here’s an intriguing question: which sane woman would voluntarily walk into a place, be subjected to a round of insults, and then quietly leave — after giving the insulters a lot of money?Th... »
April 5, 2014
Cambridge Letter

Age no bar

Cambridge and Oxford (note the alphabetical order!) are about to meet for their annual boat race — the 160th. To my pleased surprise, our local paper, Cambridge News, after referring to the race, c... » 2 comments

Yash gets candid

Excerpts from Of Histories and Identities

Writing on the wall

The rising son

Mail matters

The Hindu Crossword No. 2785

Beyond wildlife

Indian Spring?

Photo journalists express solidarity.
April 19, 2014

Heart over head

In a crowded Mumbai courtroom on April 4, 2014, sessions judge Shalini Phansalkar made history by sentencing three men to the gallows for the gruesome gang-rape of a young photojournalist in the ab... »
An old Warsaw church.
April 19, 2014

10 things to do in Warsaw

Rebuilt into its original 13th century design after being almost reduced to rubble during World War II, Warsaw comprises palaces, churches, monuments and street sculptures. Featuring mostly Baroque... »
April 19, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2787

Across1 Thief and fence in possession of 1000, policeman recalled (10)6 Rosemary, perhaps, in feather bed (4)10 Seat I must sit in daily (5)11 Incorrect ad bothers actin... »
April 12, 2014
On a Lighter Note

Indian Premier Lok Sabha

My money’s on this. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be our next Prime Minister. Narendra Modi will lead the Mumbai Indians to victory. Television cameras, meanwhile, will zoom towards an ecstatic Preity... » 1 comment
Dayamani Barla. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
April 12, 2014
The Other Half

No time for parties

The exhilarating process of elections has begun. There is genuine and understandable apprehension about the future. But there is also hope. Because in this election, an element has been injected t... » 1 comment
Congress candidate Mohammad Azharuddin, with Sangeeta Bijlani, at Tonk, Rajasthan. Photo: PTI
April 12, 2014

Second innings

It is early days still but the heat is building in this desert township. Tonk-Sawai Madhopur may not be easy to locate on the map of Rajasthan unless you are a tiger lover. Then you will know that... »
Nasreen Munni Kabir. Photo: Nagara Gopal
April 12, 2014
Her Own Voice

Looking back at a lifetime

Nasreen Munni Kabir talks to people. She has had conversations with Lata Mangeshkar, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and A.R. Rahman. And most recently with Waheeda Rehman, the star of films like Guide »
April 12, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2786

Across1 Match pipe that’s used in experiment supervised by 14 across, perhaps (4,4)5 Person, for example, associated with a wineshop (6)10 Reportedly undisciplined playwright (... »
Kareena Kapoor. Photo: AFP
April 12, 2014

Forget fads, eat well

First she was criticised for being too chubby, and then for being too skinny. Ask Kareena Kapoor Khan how she sees herself now and she says, “super fit”. Thanks to celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diw... » 1 comment
April 5, 2014

Let's talk toilets

Sahida Khan is a Class IX student living in the small hamlet of Bidarka in Alwar district, Rajasthan. The bright 16-year-old cycles six km to the secondary school at Baghoda as her village does not... » 3 comments

Ideas of history

Soul searing...

Celebrating Kannaki

East meets West

Desert spaces

Ode to Goeche La

Burst of flavour

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »