Unholy mess

Here’s another aspect of India that needs to be brought under the Swachh Bharat campaign: the temples.
  • Mountain makeover

    Two campaigns — one in Ooty and the other in Coonoor — have motivated people to keep their surroundings clean.
  • Dear Prime Minister…

    On the experience of ‘interacting’ with Narendra Modi.
  • How about Ma Bachao?

    If mothers cannot be saved, who will care for the daughters?
  • Off the ramp

    Four designers talk about looking beyond couture to express themselves
Parading the power of the nation? Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
January 31, 2015
As I see It

Parading peace

When I was in school, for me as for most of us ‘down South’, in Madras, the great pageantry of Republic Day in Delhi was the closest one could get to a fantasy. On a frosty morning, around the fame... »
Colour in the skyline. Photo: Paul Noronha
January 31, 2015

Fashion station

The last memory I have of Mumbai rails is half a decade old. Not so long ago, I presume. A bunch of men hanging out of its dusty brown gates, a young woman running the track at a poorly patrolled c... »
January 31, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2826

Across 1 Passionate tale about leader of Mohicans (6) 4 Sheepdog the lads let loose around noon (8) 9 Good for son inside to decline asylum (6) 10 Salad... »
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by the lack of meaning and purpose.
January 31, 2015
The Big D

The Big D: Don’t stop searching

When I look back at my client notes of several years, I see some emerging patterns and themes that give me an index of how many have survived major depression, tided over seasonal affective disorde... »
Prenatal Fitness 360°: The Way to a Healthy Pregnancy; Sonali Shivlani, Westland, Rs.495.
January 31, 2015

Wellness Reads

Preparing for pregnancyThe right nutrition and regular exercise during pregnancy go a long way in increasing immunity, boosting energy levels, alleviating discomfort, easing labour an... »
(Clockwise) Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with Dwight D Eisenhower, US President Jimmy Carter in conversation with Prime Minister Morarji Desai,
Richard Nixon with Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
January 24, 2015

They were here too

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959 “Between the first largest democracy on earth: India and the second largest: America, lie ten thousand miles of ocean. But in our fundamental ideas and co... »
January 24, 2015

Chasing a mirage

A glittering promise held out by Narendra Modi’s government is that it will foster 100 “smart cities”. Indian agriculture, which employs six out of 10 workers in the country, is today in an advance... »
January 24, 2015

Terror bytes

The rise of fundamentalism has turned into a grim threat to not only the residents of Paris, but societies across the West Asia, Africa and the Far East. Edward Said had suggested that the best way... »
January 24, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2825

Across1 Vulnerable at home? See about vicious mongrel (8)5 Harry’s after drink for pet (6)10 Rim round gold dish (5)11 Spanish general sent over duck and partridge (9)»
Every cook-cum-hostess has her own method, her countdown, her to-do list.
January 24, 2015
Gourmet Files

Quantum of solace

I am so relieved to return to my own ways. For some years, I was out of action for one reason or another and, when I got back, I succumbed to the lord and m’s long-held desire: to have a cook who c... »

Going places with words

Walk the line

As I See It: In the name of ghar wapsi

Unsung hero

Fitness Mantra: Say no to online workouts

The Hindu Crossword No. 2824

Feet first: The perfect fit

Meaningful memory

Illustration: Keshav
January 31, 2015

An uncommon man

R.K. Laxman made the medium of cartooning popular. He inspired many like me to take it up as a career. Brilliant drawing, incisive ideas, terrific work discipline and dedication to the art made him... »
An intense session of strength training will help you burn fat for the next 24 hours whereas aerobic exercise one does not burn fat post the workout session.
January 31, 2015
Fitness mantra

Get off the weight plateau

The whole weight issue can be a genetic problem. Some people are apparently able to eat whatever they like, in whatever amounts and yet not gain weight. Others spend a lifetime fighting excessive w... »
Palliative care provides “total pain relief”, focusing not only on physical discomfort but also on psycho-socio-spiritual pain. Photo: K.K. Mustafah
January 31, 2015

Beyond cure

One day, Ranjana*, a homemaker, noticed a lump on her left breast. It was painless initially, but soon Ranjana suffered intense pain and dizziness. A visit to the doctor revealed advanced breast ca... »
She’s playful, energetic, and often forgets that her leg hurts.
January 31, 2015

Sophie’s choice

“Capture their spirit with your camera.” My grandfather had a standard answer when asked why my pictures didn’t look as good as his.Thirty years later, here I am; prostrate in the grass of a... »
January 24, 2015

Heads and tales

According to an anecdote in Delhi circles, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama met on the sidelines of the East Asian Summit in Myanmar last November, there was time... »
When a bell gave the game away.
January 24, 2015
Now it can be told

Mammoth give-away

In 1979, I was on a government-conducted trip to Topslip, a wildlife sanctuary in the Annamalai forest range in the Niligiris. A group of pressmen, photographers, reporters and a television crew fr... »
A future tense: The Charminar is a symbol of Hyderabad. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
January 24, 2015

A rival for Hyderabad?

The opinions are as varied as they are forceful: Hyderabad is going to tank; no, there will be no difference. Broadly these are the conjectures to Hyderabad’s future after the split. When was the l... »
The Fountain of Neptune in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria.
January 24, 2015
from the art

Renaissance reveries

I wandered around the stony streets of Florence filled with amazement and questions — questions about the origins of the art that I saw and amazement at the curators and restorers of these historic... »
The fjord-like bay of Kotor seen from the top of the city walls.
January 24, 2015
backpack chronicles

Hidden pearl of the Adriatic

“So, where are we going next?” I asked Vijay, as we pored over the map on our netbook. We were two months into our backpacking trip across West Asia and Eastern Europe and were having a great time... »
Hussain Zaidi
January 17, 2015

It’s a don’s life

After reconstructing the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, sketching the rise of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and narrating the fascinating lives of Mafia Queens, he brings us the tale of, perhaps, the mos... »

From rejection to riches

When divinity turns demonic

The Other Half: Wisdom beyond schooling

The chosen ones of Koti

Wholesome Healing: Back to tradition

Healthwatch: Treating a slip disc

Ground realities

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. <... »