A great poet, a great war

Tamil nationalist poet Subramania Bharati lived much of his short public life in the shadow of World War I. In this two-part essay, a historian reconstructs those days.
  • Freezing a moment

    Photographer Salamat Husain talks about his solo show and the influence of his grandfather and mentor M.F. Husain.
  • Money wise

    Investment expert Aditi Kothari helps women be financially independent.
  • When stone walls cry

    Jails continue to be a source of horrendous violation of human rights, says the writer.
  • The taste of home

    It’s good to be back among friends in the old neighbourhood. The food is even better.
The Amber Museum housed in the Prison Tower.
July 12, 2014

Forever amber

As I stroll in the old town of the stunning Gdansk, its 1000-year-old history unfolds through the city’s celebrated sites of enchanting beauty, the lovely amber jewellery displayed in the shop wind... »  
Amrich's work
July 12, 2014
in style

Grace & detail

A white kurta in gossamer-like hand-woven cotton is structured till the waist and then bursts into a cloud of fabric. The asymmetrical cut gives the simple garment a sinuous flourish. It’s p... »
Illustration: Satwik Gade
July 12, 2014
City plight

Bigger, higher, greener

The biggest problem with India today is the fact that the Indian middle classes — lower to higher — (and of course the Indian upper classes) can only see the U.S.and the U.K. when they look outside... »
July 8, 2014
Cambridge Letter

On silence

Silence offers enormous benefits to those who live in an increasingly noisy world. The truth of that was brought home to me during a holiday which my wife and I have just spent in a cottage in Nort... »
Still from 'The World Before Her'. 14-year-old Chinmayee poses with a rifle at the Durga Camp Graduation Ceremony.
July 5, 2014

Will crowdfunding work?

“I had complete strangers contribute money to help me make my film,” says Prathamesh Krisang, a filmmaker based in Pune, who is working on One last question, a film based on a true story abo... »
Mumbra girls at a practice session.
July 5, 2014

Kicking out sexism

They weep, they scream, they explode with anger, they dance with joy — millions of football fans around the world are right now focused on only one thing — World Cup Football in Brazil. The controv... »
Dr. Kishore Rao.
July 5, 2014

At the helm of conservation

Dr. Kishore Rao, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre since 2011, sees no dichotomy between nature and culture. “Each is a creation and reflection of the other,” he says. In fact, Dr. Rao’s w... »
Steelflexx — combining strenth training with yoga.
July 5, 2014

Fit and flexible

Most people re unaware of the correct biomechanics of the body, and when they take up strength training to gain muscle endurance, it leads to a lot of injuries or reduction in flexibilityYog... »
July 5, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2798

Across1 Look towards daughter wearing right cosmetic (4,6)6 Not working, one on dole lacking nothing! (4)10 Search for fugitive knight hiding in shed on isle (7)11 Exagg... »
Of the seven years taken to arrive at this draft, two were spent talking to Muslim women, most of them poor, uneducated and living in ghettos. It was these women who were desperate for a change, urging the BMMA to “quickly change the law, get us justice.”
June 28, 2014

No second wife, please

When the Bhartiya Mahila Muslim Andolan started working on codifying Muslim personal law, they weren’t sure whether to ban polygamy, or make it conditional. Senior lawyers pointed out that despite... »

Surviving to tell the tale

A toast to another age

Where time moves backwards

Travel Reads

Liquid assets

Promises to keep...

High brow, low brow

Back to nature

The village of Misfat Al Abriyeen that has been resolutely preserving its distinct identity.
July 12, 2014
Desert battle

A glimpse of the past

A tranquil drive on the arid roads for about 225 km to the southeast of Muscat brings you to Misfah. Drowsy Misfat Al Abryeen, often known as Misfat or Misfah, is a traditional village in Oman that... »  
July 12, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2799

Across1 Attack daily, say, from the rear (6)4 Mammal having little power or balance (8)9 Hope for high praise (6)10 A Parisian doesn’t like to poach? (8)11 Person... »
A 13-year-old girl with burn marks inflicted upon her by her employers.
July 12, 2014

Of human bondage

In the shadows of Punjab’s fabled agricultural prosperity, Jagir Singh has worked as a siri or bonded labourer for most of his life. He was just a child when his father, himself a siri, <... »
July 5, 2014

The road to Pandharpur

In 2013, the DRDO designed and manufactured what must be the most sophisticated bullock cart ever made — a chariot built of carbon composite covered with embossed silver, equipped with sensors that... »
Shyam Benegal.
July 5, 2014

Milkmen turned producers

In 1976, five hundred thousand farmers of Gujarat climbed onto trucks ready for a journey. They got members of their family to come along and truckloads of them went to a cinema hall nearby and wat... »
A lone soldier at the Line of Control on the road to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
July 5, 2014

Disputed territories

India, a visual image — the tantalising hanging gardens of the north east, the little crab claw of the Gujarati west, the south diving deep into the ocean and the Kashmiri queen seated on her thron... »
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
July 5, 2014

Living the music

How would you like to have Stephen Hawking teach you the A-S-T of astrophysics? Rafael Nadal tutor you on a tennis court? Or Salman Rushdie take you through a creative writing workshop? In your dre... »
Experts even recommend rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar for healthy looking hair.
July 5, 2014

Balancing act

So really, when a product is said to be pH balanced, what does it mean? It is an important factor when it comes to choosing some of the hygiene products available in the market. Let us analyse the... »
In this February, 1964 photo, The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr on drums, George Harrison and John Lennon, perform in New York.
June 28, 2014

A time machine, and a ticket to ride

How does one truly get the Beatles? This isn’t about their music, which, like any music, doesn’t belong to any single generation, even the one that it was birthed in. We do, after all, liste... »
In this June 28, 1914 photo, the Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand, centre right, and his wife Sophie, centre left, walk to their car in Sarajevo. This photo was taken minutes before their assassination, an event which set off a chain reaction of events which would eventually lead to World War I.
June 28, 2014

1914 Serbia, 2014 Pakistan

Yesterday, June 28, exactly one hundred years ago, the Serbian terrorist, Gavrilo Princip, unwittingly started the First and Second World Wars that left more than a hundred million people dead befo... »  

Stop, look...

Nek Chand’s wonderland

A Scandinavian spread

The Hindu Crossword No. 2797

Tuning in to harmony?

Going after the green


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. <... »