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Vahbiz Bharucha fending off players of the Iranian team. Also seen is Tamalika Sarkar.
Special arrangement Vahbiz Bharucha fending off players of the Iranian team. Also seen is Tamalika Sarkar.
As I See It

Tackling tactic

Even as we rejoice in the success of Mary Kom, we still treat women in sports as second grade sporti-zens. A case in point is the women’s rugby team. »
Hunger, malnutrition, under-nutrition… are not the talking points at election rallies or television debates . The Other Half

Hunger games

The real measure of a country’s progress is the child hunger index. India continues to fall short. »
A trail of pilgrims between Vaan and Bedni Bugyal.

All in good faith

The Nanda Raj Jat in Uttarakhand is worthwhile for both seekers and adventure seekers. »
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

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... »
Quick fix. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
October 11, 2014

As I see it: Addicts to sensation

It was like any other day. I sat with my eyes moving from my gmail inbox to an English news channel, which drew me, need I clarify, towards the United Nations, with our Prime Minister emphatically... »
September 29, 2014

Cambridge Letter: Referendum repercussions

When I wrote in my Cambridge Letter in March about the campaigning, which had begun on the referendum to decide whether Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, I noted that the balance between... »
September 27, 2014
AS I SEE IT

Common thread

Religions rely on people for their survival. Like political parties, they have a two-pronged approach: protection and expansion. They constantly protect their own ilk while simultaneously trying t... »
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... »
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... »
Absence of sanitation facilities for women during disasters enhances their vulnerability. Photo: AP
October 11, 2014

The other half: Out in the open

Last month, while our attention was diverted by what our politicians were doing on foreign shores and at home, tragedies on a massive scale were being played out in many parts of the country. <... »
In two years, close to 100 child deaths were reported from Attappady, the only tribal block in Kerala. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
October 4, 2014
Barefoot

Fading hope

Even today, distressing news filters in of malnutrition deaths of tribal children in Kerala. In two years, close to 100 child deaths were reported from Attappady, the only tribal block in Kerala. D... »  
The widows of Vrindavan. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
September 27, 2014

The other half: A woman’s worth?

So let me add my voice to the controversy generated by Mathura Member of Parliament Hema Malini’s comments about the thousands of destitute widows and abandoned women who live in her constituency. »
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... »
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