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Sesame toast.
Gourmet files

Well bread

Because there is nothing more comforting than crisp toast and a steaming bowl of soup. »

Barefoot: Hunger games

Public opinion in India remains deeply divided about the merits of the food security law. »
Illustration: Satwik Gade As I see it

Margazhi moments

Chennai gears up for the December music season. »
More women are taking up a career often considered a 'male job' — driving a taxi.
December 6, 2014
The other half

Lady chauffeurs

Sometimes a chance encounter makes you think that perhaps more things are changing than seem evident. Some of that change is depressing; the kind of change that is making cities like the one in wh... »
In one of the sideshows during his visit to Chennai, Muhammad Ali is seen in action with a school boy.
November 29, 2014
Now it can be told

The punch

I was a fan of Mohammed Ali from his Cassius Clay days and was excited to hear that he was visiting Madras in January 1980. I missed his arrival and a lovely photo op at the Meenambakkam airport wh... »
It is unfair and provincial to associate certain spices or seasonings with a particular region in the country.
November 29, 2014
Gourmet Files

The flavour of India

If asked which Indian khana I want to eat, I always pick a region other than basic North Indian because the flavours are so exciting, so different from the homely quotidian dal-roti ... »
November 22, 2014
As I see it

The pursuit of ‘one’

A struggle for the people of any ‘nation’ is in imaging themselves as ‘one’, bringing together what is in actuality a collection of multiple complex identities into a single national narrative.... »
November 15, 2014
Barefoot

Unfair trials

In our own homes, adolescent children are often unruly, even violent, but we refuse to lose faith in them. We try to teach them right from wrong, punish them firmly but gently, and neither judge no... »
Veggies like zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms have all shown up in our vegetable shops and on our chopping boards in recent times. Photo: K. Ananthan
November 15, 2014
Gourmet Files

Spicing up the West

Anita said that her colleagues, sharing recipes in the college staff room, weren’t talking about khasta kachoris and light-as-air soufflé or even melt-in-the-mouth kabab. No, it was... »
Carnatic singer T M. Krishna. File Photo
November 8, 2014
As I see it

The twinned self

As a ‘travelling’ musician I connect with ‘Indians’ across the country and around the world. Invariably, at some point of time, our conversations keep coming back to what we perceive as ‘our cultu... »
Riding the waves at Kovalam, Chennai.
November 1, 2014
Offtrack

Waves of change

The word ‘surfing’ brings to mind images of exotic locations like Bali, the Gold Coast (Australia), J’ bay (South Africa) and Hawaii. I imagine men and women, mostly white, on their boards paddlin... »
Amit Chaudhuri
November 1, 2014
THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW

‘I am drawn to the quirky…’

Essayist, novelist, professor, musician… Amit Chaudhuri wears his many hats with a practised ease that is exasperating for those of us who wear one or half with difficulty. When not working on his... »
Chicken korma. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
November 1, 2014
Gourmet Files

Comfort korma

I have to freeze and carry cooked food to my father’s home in another city. He’s expecting houseguests and an unknown number of dinner guests for four days. Even his ever-welcoming cook and housek... »

Tackling tactic

Dayanita Singh. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
December 6, 2014
Lit for Life 2015

‘Now photography is for everyone’

Dayanita Singh’s studio — its walls covered almost completely with the photographs that speak of her art — feels a little like a sanctuary. After over three decades, Singh herself is an icon, and... »
November 29, 2014
Barefoot

Questioning governance

India’s right to information law is among the most significant official measures to reform governance and deepen democracy in the country since Independence. This radical statute empowers citizens... »
Women who underwent sterilisation surgeries receive treatment in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
November 22, 2014
The Other Half

No more births... or deaths

Should we forget about the 14 poor women in Chhattisgarh who died earlier this month?  Can we write this off as another “unfortunate” incident?  Or should we see it as reminder of the fu... »
A healthy mind in a healthy body from a very young age is the key to circumvent or deal with depression efficaciously, even if it is marked by family history.
November 22, 2014
The Big D

Road to recovery

Thirty years ago, when I was a Masters student of psychology, the term ‘depression’ and its ramifications were mostly read in books, whether Freudian or Neo-Freudian, or what came to be called ‘abn... »
Bill Kirkman
November 15, 2014
Cambridge Letter

The last word

My first Cambridge Letter was published in The Hindu on April 24, 1994. The invitation to contribute had given me enormous pleasure but, even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would st... »
November 8, 2014
The other half

Crossing over

A stretch of the US-Mexico border. Photo: Reuters Sometimes a documentary film speaks louder than a thousand words. And so it was last week when I chanced upon a powerful documentary film, Maria in Nobody’s Land. Made in 2010 by a first-ti... »
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar. Photo: special arrangement
November 8, 2014
The Sunday interview

‘Doctors see things, not just ailments’

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, is remarkable for a deep and masterful observation of lives and descriptions of a tribal village. The author, a doct... »
Brickbats on the streets of Trilokpuri.
November 1, 2014
Barefoot

Made in India

In 1984, in a working class slum colony in East Delhi Trilokpuri, more than 300 Sikh men were slaughtered during the frenzy of hate killing that swept India’s capital city. This colony across the Y... »
The London Eye.
November 1, 2014
HAPPENING PLACES

Loving London

The rest of Britain may be struggling, but London has had rather a good year. It has just been declared the world’s most popular travel destination — ahead of New York, Paris, Rome and Beijing. To... »
Hunger, malnutrition, under-nutrition… are not the talking points at election rallies or television debates .
October 25, 2014
The Other Half

Hunger games

In this season of festivities, when urban lifestyle-based diseases are getting a boost as we stuff our stomachs with forbidden foods, and our homes eat up even more of scarce electricity, one in ev... »
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