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Freedom struggle 2.0

In the face of the debate on net neutrality, here is a look at the consequences of not having a free, equal, and private internet. »

The parochial Indian

When communities do not find it fit to mingle with each other socially, what kind of nation are we talking about? »
Purvi Patel is taken into custody after being sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Who decides?

Purvi Patel of Indiana was convicted of foeticide. Her case only reveals that as long as patriarchal structures continue to rule reproduction, a woman’s womb can never be her own. »
Elsa, the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the

Disney’s heroines

Call it artistic license or creative thinking, Disney’s version is almost always different from the original fairytale. »
Aarthi Parthasarathy.
April 25, 2015

Royal rant

Aarthi Parthasarathy’s existential angst became a web comic that targets society and its many quirks. Caste, hierarchy, gender and world issues are all discussed by seemingly royal men and women s... »
As an individual it is essential for all of us to realise that being an activist, politician or a CEO is only a mode of functioning.
April 25, 2015
As I See It

For the greater good

The self-appointed conscience keeper in every society seems to be the activist but the label denotes a less self-absorbed and far more empathetic human being; a person with a cause to fight for. An... »
Funky Bollywood by Todd Stadtman
April 25, 2015

Cheap thrills and more

Books on popular cinema are being published at a fairly steady pace and that is a good augury. The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of number of releases, but perhaps one o... »
April 25, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2838

Across1 Enthusiastic male team heading off (6)4 A British opera, length unusual (8)9 Derby winner in USA, possibly blazing a trail (9)11 Good hospital entering ap... »
Precious time... Photo: Paul Noronha
April 25, 2015

Get back on track

Nine months of an unpredictable rollercoaster and a dramatic birthing process later you have that bundle of joy in your arms. Then you start thinking: birth weight? Only we’re not discussing the ba... »
The instant refresher.
April 25, 2015
Fitness Mantra

So much for water

Staying hydrated is a must in summer as water forms most of the body weight. Water ensures proper functioning of each internal organ. The body loses water through perspiration, urine, tears and bre... »
Monitor your sleep.
April 25, 2015
#HealthTrack

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

We all know that during our requisite sleep of the night/day, the body goes from light sleep cycle to deep sleep cycle and back again. If you wake up in the middle of the deep sleep cycle, you’d fe... »
The evacuation drive: People getting on board the Indian Air Force aircraft at Djibouti.
April 18, 2015

Reluctant homecoming

“Whose house is this?/ Whose night keeps out the light/ In here?/ Say, who owns this house?/ It’s not mine./ I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter/ With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats;... »
Homes or homestays?
April 18, 2015
Changemaker

Touching lives

Two hundred kilometres by road from Dehradun and an 11 km walk from there is a village of 500 inhabitants. Kalap lies in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. It is not so much a primitive... »
Renowned artist Howard Hodgkin.
April 18, 2015
Dialogue

‘When I paint, everything is clear’

It is midmorning, the Mumbai smog is lifting. Hodgkin Howard, eminent British artist, sits in the Taj Wellington Mews balcony and surveys the view — The Taj Mahal hotel, Rajabai tower, Victoria Ter... »

Gold rush

Papita ke Kebab with pineapple salsa

Going, going, gone

Leading from within

Narasingapettai’s nadaswaram makers

Who am I?

Drumbeats of yore

Living it full

According to reports prepared by the United Nations and Iraqi refugee support groups, there are 1.6 million widows in Iraq today as a direct consequence of what is termed a “low-level war”.
April 25, 2015
The Other Half

Price of war

Once upon a time, not so long ago, in a country not far from India, women had rights and some freedom. They drove cars, even taxis. They went out to restaurants and cafes. They worked as doctors,... »
Eric Clapton performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden.
April 25, 2015

Forever man

Eric Clapton turned 70 last month. Well, it’s not really a milestone if you go by the average age of the surviving rock royals. The Rolling Stones, The (remaining) Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie,... »
The 52-member Manganiyar team from Rajasthan.
April 25, 2015

Beside the quiet Cauvery...

‘Karpoora Naayakiyae Kanakavalli…’ The song blares from the loudspeakers at an Amman temple situated at the edge of the bridge on the Cauvery leading into Thiruvaiyaru. It is the extension of Natio... »
Mobility, at any age, is possible. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
April 25, 2015

Falling men, failing neurons

Most of us take standing up for granted. Only when we cannot stand for some reason are we reminded of its importance. Oliver Sacks, the legendary neurologist and author, addressed this rather poign... »
Medicinal: Raw jackfruit. Photo: Vipin Chandran
April 25, 2015

Chakka is the answer

Last year on a placid Easter evening, Fr. Brahmanavelil, a parish priest from our village, came home and dropped a bombshell. A month ago, he had collapsed in his bedroom right after taking his no... »
How Can I Ever Trust You Again? Andrew G. Marshall.
April 25, 2015

Wellness read

There are few things in life more traumatic than infidelity. You are not only coping with the pain and anger but also the sense that your partner is a stranger. How could someone you love, and thou... »
Police personnel after an encounter with red sanders smugglers in Seshachalam forest near Srivari Mettu in Chittoor district. File photo
April 19, 2015
Barefoot

Offhand encounters

‘Encounter’ killings not only corrupt and brutalise the police force but also strip people of their basic democratic protections and compromise our collective conscience.India’s vigorous and... »
A file photo former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud.
April 18, 2015
Tribute

Winning way with words

One look and I was floored. It was 1957 and the Australian cricket team, under the captaincy of Ian Johnson, was touring India. Among them was Richie Benaud, the tall, athletic, handsome leg-spinn... »
April 18, 2015

In verse

April, I hear, is National Poetry Month. Only in the United States, technically, but we can, we should appropriate it for the global village too. And so here I... »
Gaultier was the first designer to work with androgynous models like Andrej Pejic. (Bottom right) Nana, the teddy bear. Photo:Alix Malka, Peter Lindbergh,Emil Larsson
April 18, 2015
Design

In Gaultier’s quirky space

“You are going all the way to Melbourne for a Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition? What is he famous for?” asked curious friends. “Conical bras,” I say. And friends not familiar with his work laugh. ... »

The Hindu Crossword No. 2837

India on a platter

High on Kanchenjunga

Desert canvas

Yes, I slept well

Someone is watching you

‘What a long long way…’

A fistful of journalism