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Peace, love and rock n’ roll

It is 45 years since the first Woodstock festival happened in August 1969 in New York. To be young, and to be a part of the countercultural movement even in small ways, was to feel like a rebel.
  • Unequal conflict

    This is just as much a religious war for much of the ‘secular’ West as it is for the various versions of Islamists.
  • Invisible women

    Women, in general, have no choice but to keep working all the time.
  • Truly incredible

    The Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu and the Rani-ki-Vav in Patan found their way into the UNESCO World Heritage List — the first in 10 years for two Indian sites to qualify.
  • Madras to me...

    Can you truly know a city? Possibly — if your job entails a lot of travel or if your home is in the southern part and your school somewhere up north, and you have friends in the east and family in the...
August 16, 2014
As I see it

Distinctly, DEATH

Death is a fascinating word, its origins being traced to Old Saxon Norse and German. It means the end of life, a permanent cessation of a body’s vital functions, extinction of life. Its synonym ‘mo... »
Illustration: P. Manivannan
August 16, 2014
Madras 375

Encounters of the social kind

In early 1974, my family moved from Vannarapettai (Washermanpet) in North Chennai to the newly-developed suburb of Kalaignar Karunanidhi Nagar. The metaphor of chalk and cheese comes to mind. It w... »
August 16, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2804

Across1 Affording great opportunities, musical wealthy businessmen produced (3,4)5 . . . we also back cowboy film (7)9 Talk about conclusion to bizarre con (5)10 Dark pl... »
If you have not yet embraced the tea-drinking habit, it’s never too late.
August 16, 2014

A perfect cuppa

A tea lover once said, “Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.” A perfectly brewed cup of tea is the ideal way to begin a day. While a tea lover swears by the health benefits of t... »
August 9, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2803

Across1 One may get bitter if one is used (4,4)5 Mischievous member - is husband following one? (6)9 Outstanding performer, girl in plant ignoring us (5,3)10 Son appeari... »
Not difficult to make: Sangria. Photo courtesy Instituto de Turismo de España – Turespaña – Tourism Office of Spain – Mumbai.
August 9, 2014

Gourmet Files: Drinking in the scenery

Waiting at a pavement table in Seville in the shade of a leafy tree, famished as usual, a fat orange orange fell at my feet. A Sevilla orange, which is good only for marmalade. Just in time my lunc... »
Chevre from The Cheese Collective.
August 9, 2014

Say Cheese: Brie-live it

Even a few years ago, it would have been hard to come by a Mumbaiite who could tell their Camembert from their Brie, let alone demand artisanal varieties. But things have changed and how! Early las... »
Death of Drona. Photo: Courtesy Prakriti Foundation.
August 9, 2014

Stagecraft: Ten-minute wonders

Competition plus Experimentation are the twin strands that intertwine to create the DNA of the Short+Sweet theatre festival that concluded in Chennai recently. Sometimes the strands are in oppositi... »
India is also home to a quarter of the world’s hungry with 270 million people living in poverty. The contrast in Mumbai. File Photo: Paul Noronha
August 9, 2014

Business: A roller-coaster ride

Sixty-seven years is not a long time in the life of a nation. Yet, even in this short span, India’s economy has seen it all… from famine to the Green Revolution, from xenophobia over multinationals... »
The corruption that plagued the 2010 Commonwealth Games makes India dread the possibility of hosting another mega sports event. File Photo: K. Murali Kumar
August 9, 2014

Sport: Still playing catch up

An individual Grand Slam champion? Unthinkable! India at the FIFA World Cup? A dream difficult to even conjure! Hockey, once the pride of the nation, is languishing. A cricket win at Lord’s causes... »

Over to the Americans?

The Hindu Crossword No. 2802

Woe, man!

Beat the rain

Ensuring a ‘sweet’ childhood

A matter of martyrs

Just a few days in Jaffna

Hare fall

At a BPO centre. Photo: Shaju John
August 16, 2014
Madras 375

On the global map

In the 1950s and 1960s, Chennai — then Madras — was known as the ‘Detroit of India’. The city was a pioneer in the automotive field: the first motorcycle and bicycle came from Madras; the Bullet mo... »
Illustration: Satwik Gade
August 16, 2014

When my brain shut down

For as long as I can remember — for much of my adult professional/married life — I have had a problem with dates and years. The problem was simple. I just couldn’t remember them. Be it the year I f... »
The benefits of having a home gym are manifold. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam
August 16, 2014
FITNESS MANTRA

Home gym

Everybody wants to follow a healthy lifestyle but what most people find tough is finding time to exercise. Going to a gym or exercising daily is a constant battle of motivation. Some people think... »
Leave the acids alone.
August 16, 2014

Flush out infection

Cleaning toilets may be one of the most undesirable household tasks, but it’s essential to maintain good hygiene in your homes. While selecting a cleaning agent, people sometimes tend to go for pr... »
Sights from the Shimla Heritage walk. PHOTO: Anurag Mallick and Priya Ganapathy
August 9, 2014

Unwind: Picture perfect

The clouds hung low over Shimla, where houses perched on the mountains like mushrooms on a giant dunghill. At least, that’s how it looked after 200 years of unbridled development. Drawn by its cool... »
General view of the New Trench in the First World War Gallery at IWM London. PHOTO: IWM London.
August 9, 2014

Itinerary: War stories

It was the war that saw sultans fall, archdukes assassinated, and maps re-drawn; it saw economic super-powers battle it out on European soil, while its effects rippled across the globe. I was only... »
Writing about displacement: Kalyan Ray.
August 9, 2014

The Sunday Interview: Longing, belonging

Kalyan Ray knows about displacement. He knows what it is like to have to leave ‘home’ and move to a new place, where unfamiliar people have to become neighbours, friends, perhaps even relatives. Hi... »
A still from 'Goonga Pehelwan'.
August 9, 2014

Barefoot: Mixed emotions

Alfred Hitchcock famously declared: “In feature films, the director is God. In documentary films, God is the director.” More pertinently, Bina Paul Venugopal, artistic director of a recent exceptio... »
Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving gifts to Jeet Bahadur's family.
August 9, 2014

Nation: In pursuit of 'acche din'

We are yet to ascertain if Narendra Modi is mythopoeia; whether he is a colossus which will breathe only in the hopes of his bhaktas. It is quite early. But people, who are acquainted with G... »
Unemployment became a social secret because newspapers were silent about it. File Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
August 9, 2014

Society: New definitions

Language has an unerring way of capturing society. A word becomes a label and the label captures and classifies change. India’s Independence began with a critical word — destiny — which Nehru chose... »

The three lives of Khushwant Singh

Tracking trends

‘Life can be a fairy tale... or a mess’

Arm-ed and fabulous

Boy, girl or super athlete?

Girls must have their say

Forget-me-Knots

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. <... »