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The widows of Vrindavan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
The widows of Vrindavan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

The other half: A woman’s worth?

How can we support or justify ‘shameful traditions’ that debase women for no other reason than that their husbands have died or have abandoned them? »

Cambridge Letter: Referendum repercussions

The Scottish referendum result will lead to significant changes in the relationship between Scotland and its neighbours, and significant changes in how things are managed in England. »
AS I SEE IT

Common thread

The controversy over conversion is not about an individual’s choices but about the power of religious institutions. »
A trail of pilgrims between Vaan and Bedni Bugyal.
September 20, 2014

All in good faith

It’s a train of faith across the mountains. The Nanda Raj Jat, a once-in-12-years event in Uttarakhand, involves people from all over the region and beyond. Some join as a mark of faith to the godd... »
The Murree logo
September 20, 2014
Three cheers

A spirited history

On April 28, 1869, private Job Shepherd Waterhouse was climbing the Murree hill hoping to get some beer at the end of the six-mile hike. Unfortunately that was not to be. As he noted in his diary,... »
Kashmiri volunteers carry relief material towards flood-affected localities in Srinagar. Photo: Nissar Ahmad
September 13, 2014
As I see it

A flood of rhetoric

On October 8, 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 shook Kashmir. The tragedy was of epic proportions. Most of the casualties were on the Pakistani side. Over 80,000 people in Pakistan Occupied Kas... »
At Malhar this year. Photo: Vivek Bendre
September 6, 2014
Barefoot

Caste factor

An unlikely place to initiate a dialogue about the invisibility of caste was a students’ festival in Mumbai’s elite century-old college St. Xavier’s. When students chose to preface their annual fes... »
September 1, 2014
CAMBRIDGE LETTER

Changes in university education

Every year in August there is great excitement, and great anxiety, as people look for information about their applications to study at universities. As students complete their A-level examinations... »
Students express solidarity. Photo: Kiran Bakale
August 30, 2014
The other half

Devil in the detail

Crimes against women have become a popular talking point in India. They figure in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech. They find a mention in a statement by the Finance Minister about how... »
Rahul Ram.
August 23, 2014
THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW

Taking life as it comes

In 1857, a local chieftain named Cheetu fought in the mutiny and lost. His bungalow was then turned into a jail that is still in use and a song written about him. Years later, in 1993, many Narmada... »
At a garment factory. Photo: K. Pichumani
August 16, 2014
The other half

Invisible women

Should women ‘work’ after they get married? I put the word work in inverted commas deliberately because women work all the time but only when they do paid work is it considered ‘work’. O... »
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... »
Author Kavery Nambisan
August 2, 2014
THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW

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

Pingakshipura — where the hair on children’s head has turned white and the water runs black — is the town Kavery Nambisan created in her latest book, A Town Like Ours. Though a fictional acc... »
Waffles - a savoury dinner.
September 20, 2014
Gourmet Files -

Syrupy thoughts

I have a theory. Breakfast can be eaten anytime. It probably comes from the memory of my mother, arch planner of menus, sometimes giving up and saying, “When in doubt, repeat breakfast.” In our cas... »
September 20, 2014
Barefoot:

A year after Muzaffarnagar

One year after the sudden savage communal violence in Muzaffarnagar shredded social and economic relations in the prosperous sugarcane belt of Western Uttar Pradesh, many culpable collective failin... »
In the 16th century, when chocolate was shipped back to the homeland from South America, the Spanish cooked it with cinnamon.
September 6, 2014

Gourmet Files: A dash of cinnamon

Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously.— Vanna Bonta, poet, writer, actorI had a great-uncle who kept a silver caster at his dining table. Filled with neither salt nor pepper... »
September 1, 2014
CAMBRIDGE LETTER

What’s in a name?

Having been asked to confirm the identity and qualifications of a foreign citizen who has lived and worked for many years in the United Kingdom. I drafted an appropriate letter. I had been asked t... »
September 1, 2014
CAMBRIDGE LETTERS

The unsatisfactory situation

Last week my wife and I were having coffee with an old friend, whom we meet two or three times a year. In the course of a wide-ranging conversation — we enjoy many common interests — we found ours... »
A still from 'Satyakam'.
August 23, 2014
BAREFOOT

End of idealism

Independence Day each year is a good time to pull out my personal thermometer and evaluate the mood of our country.This year I find a mood of optimism among people of privilege and aspiratio... »
Fried eggs and churro.
August 23, 2014
GOURMET FILES

The best breakfast

In the world, there are two camps: the English and the Continental. I’m not counting the South Asian sub-continental, the paratha-idli-dosa-poha-upma-poori alu. Those can do for lunch. But b... »
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... »
August 2, 2014
AS I SEE IT

Woe, man!

Ever since we were told that India’s health minister held the opinion that ‘Sex education’ should be banned in schools since it was against our culture, this subject has come back into the narrativ... »
Dutee Chand. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
August 2, 2014
THE OTHER HALF

Boy, girl or super athlete?

Our sport authorities need to be educated. Urgently. They need a crash course in understanding human biology, that there is no clear binary between male and female and that there are many condition... »
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