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Killing fields

Gajendra Singh Rajput from Dausa. Hargovind Harane from Vidarbha . Gosai Patra from Bardhaman. Why did these farmers take their own lives? In light of the burning issue of farmer suicides across the c... »
Kamachi, dressed and ready to perform. She stands, supported by her
son Jeeva Rao. Photo: Roy Benadict Naveen

The queen of Poikaal Kudhirai

Kamachi, a professional folk dancer for 55 years, talks about dancing on wooden stilts through the night to keep her family from starving. »  
The Danish Fort, also called ‘Dansborg Fort’ at Tranquebar, built in 1620 AD. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The Indo-Danish connect

The National Archives of Denmark records that a fisherman from Karaikal was responsible for the modern history of Tranquebar. »
Eating gogappas on the street in Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan

The café-isation of chaat

Sometimes the chic street food you get in swanky indoor settings may be better than the fare outside. »
Bapida and Sanjay share a laugh. Photo: Jayati Saha
May 2, 2015
Barefoot

Lessons in caring

Man or woman perched on a waste dump. Covered with grime. Matted, unkempt hair. Nearly naked. Name forgotten. Family forgotten. Muttering inscrutable words. Wandering aimlessly. Solitary. Profoundl... »
Despite clear benefits and safety of vaccination, there are reports of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, most often citing the fear of the unknown, or worse, the anti-vaccination propaganda by certain sections of the media and even misinformed clinicians.
May 2, 2015

The shot that saves

Ten-year-old Nithya* has never been vaccinated. The theory her parents — U.S.-returned working professionals — operate on is that if one eats healthy and keeps fit one does not need vaccinations.... »
Baked namakpara with almond dip
May 2, 2015
30-Minute Recipe

Baked namakpara with roasted almond dip

Serves: 4Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 20 minutesIngredientsFor almond dip:Almonds roasted & crushed 1/2 cup»
Matra Kulcha
May 2, 2015
Gourmet Files

Street smart

I’ve learnt two connected things: the phrase “having smarts” and that cheap lunch on the street can be as delicious and as lovingly prepared — complete with decorative, edible garnishes — as so-cal... »
Activists of Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India shout anti-government slogans as they protest in support of net neutrality in New Delhi.
April 25, 2015

Freedom struggle 2.0

There has been so much noise surrounding net neutrality (generously helped along by All India Bakchod’s explanatory v... »
Purvi Patel is taken into custody after being sentenced to 20 years in prison.
April 25, 2015

Who decides?

The strange and distressing case of Purvi Patel — the 33-year-old Asian-Ame... »
As an individual it is essential for all of us to realise that being an activist, politician or a CEO is only a mode of functioning.
April 25, 2015
As I See It

For the greater good

The self-appointed conscience keeper in every society seems to be the activist but the label denotes a less self-absorbed and far more empathetic human being; a person with a cause to fight for. An... »
Eric Clapton performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
April 25, 2015

Forever man

Eric Clapton turned 70 last month. Well, it’s not really a milestone if you go by the average age of the surviving rock royals. The Rolling Stones, The (remaining) Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie,... »
The 52-member Manganiyar team from Rajasthan.
April 25, 2015

Beside the quiet Cauvery...

‘Karpoora Naayakiyae Kanakavalli…’ The song blares from the loudspeakers at an Amman temple situated at the edge of the bridge on the Cauvery leading into Thiruvaiyaru. It is the extension of Natio... »
Mobility, at any age, is possible. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
April 25, 2015

Falling men, failing neurons

Most of us take standing up for granted. Only when we cannot stand for some reason are we reminded of its importance. Oliver Sacks, the legendary neurologist and author, addressed this rather poign... »

Chakka is the answer

Wellness read

Offhand encounters

Winning way with words

In verse

In Gaultier’s quirky space

The Hindu Crossword No. 2837

India on a platter

Film-maker Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary 'India's Daughter'.
May 2, 2015

Freedom of perception

When I am conversing with you, there are actually six people involved in the dialogue: the real me, the person I want to be, and the person I want you to think I am; the real you, the person you wa... »
A still from Satyajit Ray's classic 'Pather Panchali'.
May 2, 2015

Touch of genius

It all began in 1955, when Satyajit Ray made his first film. The rural tale, Pather Panchali, set a benchmark in cinematic history, grabbed attention and awards, and is still cited as being... »
May 2, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2839

Across1 Recalled interior of cast iron strongbox (4)3 They’ll raise the issue at breakfast, perhaps (10)10 A bracket holding right light source (3,4)11 Madman in... »
April 25, 2015

The parochial Indian

Our mind has faculties which are universal, but its habits are insular. Rabindranath TagoreA crowd of nearly 10,000 people forces a man out of a jail, strips him... »
Aarthi Parthasarathy.
April 25, 2015

Royal rant

Aarthi Parthasarathy’s existential angst became a web comic that targets society and its many quirks. Caste, hierarchy, gender and world issues are all discussed by seemingly royal men and women s... »
According to reports prepared by the United Nations and Iraqi refugee support groups, there are 1.6 million widows in Iraq today as a direct consequence of what is termed a “low-level war”.
April 25, 2015
The Other Half

Price of war

Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a country not far from India, women had rights and some freedom. They drove cars, even taxis. They went out to restaurants and cafes. They worked as doctors,... »
Elsa, the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the
April 25, 2015

Disney’s heroines

I always wanted to be a princess. Not the ilk with rules, regulations and repercussions, like Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, but more of the feisty kick-ass kind that stood... »
Funky Bollywood by Todd Stadtman
April 25, 2015

Cheap thrills and more

Books on popular cinema are being published at a fairly steady pace and that is a good augury. The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of number of releases, but perhaps one o... »
April 25, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2838

Across1 Enthusiastic male team heading off (6)4 A British opera, length unusual (8)9 Derby winner in USA, possibly blazing a trail (9)11 Good hospital entering ap... »
Precious time... Photo: Paul Noronha
April 25, 2015

Get back on track

Nine months of an unpredictable rollercoaster and a dramatic birthing process later you have that bundle of joy in your arms. Then you start thinking: birth weight? Only we’re not discussing the ba... »

So much for water

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Reluctant homecoming

Touching lives

‘When I paint, everything is clear’

Gold rush

Papita ke Kebab with pineapple salsa

Going, going, gone