A journey into humility

“In Australia, the Man Booker Prize is seen as something of a chicken raffle. I just didn’t expect to end up being the chicken.” This year’s winner, Richard Flanagan, gets candid about his prize-winni...
  • Mighty mouse

    Public uprisings of the past decade will be remembered for the use of social media as a tool to gather crowds and generate instant publicity.
  • Hunger: An unrelenting reality

    The real measure of a country’s progress is the child hunger index. India continues to fall short.
  • Eat smart: beat hidden hunger

    With children becoming exceedingly picky about their food, micronutrient deficiencies are not immediately visible,says Dr. Sanjeev Bagai.
  • Urbanscape: writings on the wall

    Anuradha Sengupta talks to graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani about breaking gender stereotypes in Kabul.
Coming out of the pit. Photo: Aparna Karthikeyan
October 25, 2014

Not a drop to drink

It is an assault on the senses — the heat, the smoke, the juddering engine. But the well diggers — five men and three women — don’t seem to mind. They hew mud and rock, and heave it up under a mid-... »
Seema Mehta
October 25, 2014

In conversation: diamonds over dinner

An unlikely partnership between fashion designer Rohit Bal and iconic jewellery business Kirtilals led to the creation of a jewellery line so exquisite that it is still spoken about. The Lotus Coll... »
Frida Kahlo, the puppy, after being rescued
October 25, 2014

In first person: freeing Frida

At the end of a long day, the newsfeed on my Facebook page races upwards as I pick up my re-heated sandwich and take a big bite. I choke when I see the image of a puppy, reposted from a page. “Pupp... »
Coconut oil softens and clears the cracks on the heels.
October 25, 2014

Skin sense: beauty on the shelf

Today, there are many products that claim to solve all your beauty woes. While some may actually work, many can harm your skin in the long run. Natural remedies help get rid of many of your ailmen... »
Rajini Balachandran and her creations Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
October 18, 2014

The sari is her canvas

Carefully, Rajini Sarma Balachandran unfolds a lustrous fawn-coloured silk sari with beautiful red, yellow and green bird motifs woven using the intricate adai technique. She displays anothe... »
Chef Vijayan Parakkal
October 18, 2014

Chef Speak: Books that inspire culinary artists

“This is an excellent book for beginners as well as professionals, as it conveys the importance of the basics in cooking and how to strengthen them. It gives the finest tips about cooking, paying... »
Oven-roasted vegetables.
October 18, 2014

Gourmet Files: The heat is on

Now that winter’s almost upon us and fresh new vegetables are here, I decided to take the plunge and try roasting them. I usually grill them in a ridged stovetop pan that gives nice brown stripes,... »
October 18, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2813

Across1 One regarded with contempt in back of Swiss taxi (4)4 Clergyman, one in important church (8)10 Slow turtle can, surprisingly (9)11 Article on daily crime (5)... »
Lead paint in playgrounds can harm the children. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
October 18, 2014

Spotlight: Unlead yourself

At the petrol bunk, the signboard ‘unleaded petrol’ means the fuel is devoid of the metal lead (Pb), which is different from the graphite we see in pencils.Lead is a naturally available heav... »
The Jhelum overflows.
October 18, 2014

As the waters rose...

Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the northern most part of India to enjoy the beauty of Kashmir, described as ‘paradise on earth’ by a besotted Mughal emperor. It was to experience this... »

Cast off by outer and inner worlds

As I see it: Addicts to sensation

Goodbye, Orkut

The Hindu Crossword No. 2812

How to care for contact lenses

Wellness Reads

To live and to let go

A fight for dignity

Vahbiz Bharucha fending off players of the Iranian team. Also seen is Tamalika Sarkar.
October 25, 2014
As I See It

Tackling tactic

Sports and leagues are today wedded to each other, be it cricket, hockey, kabaddi  or football. But this piece is not about those conglomerates; it is about a game that does not register in... »
One of Shergill's photos.
October 25, 2014

‘I am happy just to take pictures’

Some years ago, when he was getting started as a photographer in London, Indian-born Ram Shergill wanted to use hats by Philip Treacy for a shoot. When he called the master milliner for permission,... »
Exercise for at least 30 minutes at home. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
October 25, 2014

Fitness mantra: rain ready

The monsoon brings relief after the long sweltering summer but a host of health issues also tend to follow in its wake. Pools of stagnant water lead to diseases like malaria, dengue and leptospiros... »
Beauty At Your Fingertips: Kitchen remedies for Your Skin & Hair; Dr. Nirmala Shetty.
October 25, 2014

Wellness Read

Feed them well Dipping into the ingredients found in kitchens — herbs and fruits, vegetables and spices — Dr. Shetty offers eco-friendly concoctions for every skin and hair problem... »
Rekha with Randhir Kapoor and Rajesh Kumar in Super Nani.
October 18, 2014

The Sunday Interview: ‘My life is one big prayer’

She is the most private of stars. Not a recluse, as the press wants to label her; just private and protective of her mystery. What the world sees of Rekha are the few glittering outings she makes i... »
At the Monkey Bar Bloggers Table.
October 18, 2014

Rise of the food blogs

There is noise. So much noise. A barely penetrable fog of shrill, impulsive, unabashedly opinionated voices. The attack of the Internet trolls? If you’re picturing a The Lord of The Rings-st... »
Aditi Mittal
October 18, 2014

Jokes apart...

When she first went on stage, she thought she was ‘awesome’ and ‘killing it’. But, as the evening progressed, she realised that the audience had laughed at just two jokes. “It was like a funeral,”... »
The Ariyalur bridge where the Rockfort Express was blown up.
October 18, 2014

Now it can be told: Exposures and an explosion

Mid-March 1987: I was packing my bags, as I had to go to Pune to cover a badminton tournament when I got a call from the office informing me about a train accident at Ariyalur near Tiruchi. It was... »
October 18, 2014

Barefoot: It’s in the mind

The death penalty is abhorrent on both moral and legal grounds. Judges can and do make mistakes. Global evidence has established that capital punishment does not deter crimes. The majority of those... »
Tracing the not-so-new political trend of stop-gap chief ministers. Illustration: Deepak Harichandan
October 11, 2014

The chair persons

In a pocket cartoon drawn by the inimitable R.K. Laxman in 1982, a line of Congressmen stand respectfully as an imperious Indira Gandhi, holding an umbrella aloft, walks past, only to halt before o... »

The other half: Out in the open

The Sunday Interview: Managing mortality

A league apart

Deadlifts and squats

Understanding mental illness

Ringing in the dough

Fading hope

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. <... »