Breaking free

Five transgenders talk about how they are challenging conventional norms and fighting social ostracisation.
  • Musical connect

    Two districts — Dharwar and Palghat — are still known for their patronage to the arts. What made them so musical?
  • Left behind?

    It is crucial to remain the voice of the oppressed, yet work with the empowered in a way that makes them change their way of living.
  • A question for Kejriwal

    Where are the women?
  • Julie Andrews returns to Salzburg

    The Sound of Music completes 50 years this March. A look at its phenomenal success.
Adil Writer's ‘The Immortal Game’.
February 28, 2015

Over board

Even in its traditional avatar, the black-and-white board with its intricately carved pieces has always summoned up images of battlefield and warfare, strategic game-play and patient manoeuvres. Ch... »
A screenshot of the Runtastic app.
February 28, 2015


Runtastic Six-Pack AbsSo many of us want that six-pack. I’m talking abs, get your mind off Friday night. With Summer a few months away, this is a great app to help you get in shape en... »
Who is the fairest of them all?
February 28, 2015
Look Good

All is not fair

The desire to be fair throughout the Asian subcontinent has made fairness products one of the most popular worldwide. In fact, the last 10 years have seen an avalanche of fairness products hitting... »
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
February 21, 2015

All for the sake of art

Every year, when the Academy announces nominations, critics and movie buffs have something to outrage about because a few deserving films, or more, ultimately get left out. If it’s not about films... »
Illustration: Satwik Gade
February 21, 2015
Looking ahead

Beyond the numbers

The then-US President George W. Bush once said, “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” It was clearly one of his ‘Bushisms’, but one that inadvertently pointed to the reason why... »
An old house in Mysore. Photo: M.A. Sriram
February 21, 2015

Once homes... gone forever

Last year during a family reunion, we visited our ancestral home now virtually powdering away. The owners of this tharavad had once been the custodians of the Triprayar kshetram. Two... »
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s;James Corden and Lilla Crawford in a scene from Into the Woods; Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. PHOTOS: AP
February 21, 2015
In style

Dressing the part

Remember how Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in Casablanca combined ladylike separates with masculine tailoring? Or, the little black Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s that, paired with... »
February 21, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2829

Across 1 Insight shown by hospital department, originally (5) 4 Established practice in art? I do it differently with end of crayon (9) 9 Ame... »
Karmaa Kitchen; Pankhuri Agarwal, Notion Press, Rs.1,250.
February 21, 2015
Kitchen Read

Healthy cooking

The minute we hear the word healthy or Ayurvedic, it conjures up images of bland tasteless food in our minds. Karmaa Kitchen disproves this notion and takes you on a gastronomica... »
There is so much dal in our daily lives that I was surprised the other day to read the word misused yet again. Photo: K.K. Mustafah
February 21, 2015
Gourmet files

More than just dal-roti

“And which dal?” “Black?” And soon enough, as sure as eggs is eggs, dal makhani made with sabut urad appears on the restaurant table. No one, not even my own children can get... »

Legacy of freedom


A detective across centuries

India on my plate

A handsome gift

Medication is the answer

The Hindu Crossword No. 2828

Can we pull it off again?

Ricky Kej, left, and Wouter Kellerman with the award for best new age album
February 28, 2015


When you’ve got a show running for over 56 years, with a reputation of upsets and triumphs better than any fictional soap opera, there’s nothing stopping you from staying relevant. Yes, a lot of p... »
February 28, 2015
Holistic care

Beyond medication

Nothing strikes greater fear in our hearts than the prospect of permanent medical disability. Sadly, with humans living longer (but not necessarily healthier) lives, multi-morbidity and chronic me... »
Aleo gel: Miracle worker.
February 28, 2015
Nature Cure


Aloe Vera is highly regarded as a miracle plant for its healing properties. It produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mould, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. It contains... »
Workers on a tea estate in Assam. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
February 21, 2015

Lost livelihood

The even greater tragedy of the coordinated murderous December 23, 2014, attack on unarmed Adivasi forest dwellers in Assam, which left dead more than 70 people including children and women, is tha... »
Arab cultural imperialism poses a danger in India. Photo: Kiran Bakale
February 21, 2015

A question of hegemony

Women are not allowed to enter some or all Muslim graveyards in my hometown any more. This is new; while women could not participate in funeral processions in the past, they were free to visit grav... »
A painting from the Gaia Reloaded series. Photo: Special Arrangement
February 21, 2015

Oceans of fantasy

A whale with airplane landing gear. A giant lobster with gear wheels; another with machine-clamp claws. A swordfish loaded for a very bloody war. A whale shark with a reading light scanning arch-p... »
Chef Uwe Opocensky. Photo: Jason Joseph Bonell
February 21, 2015

Chef Speak: Books that inspire culinary artists

This book has inspired me in so many ways by giving me the drive, determination, and ambition to become a successful chef. - Chef Uwe Opocensky, Executive Chef, Mandarin Oriental, Hon... »
Fred in the log hut. Photo: Hugh & Colleen Gantzer
February 21, 2015
Lapland tales

Saga of the Shaman’s Stone

It was the setting for a grey, gritty, Scandinavian myth. Out of Finland’s Lusoto we drove, through an icy drizzle, to a bleak and rocky hill. Ari, our driver-guide, geared into his four-wheel dri... »
February 21, 2015
Travel Smart

Age is just a number

When you are pushing 80, planning a holiday is done with a bit of trepidation. It is not the memories of the Titanic but the more recent aches and pains of age that are worrisome. ... »
Illustration: Deepak Harichandan
February 14, 2015

What’s all the fuss about?

Vrinda Bedi, 26, doesn’t have the time to read newspapers as she rushes to work every morning. On January 26, she did not notice the advertisement issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadca... »

Diversity in discrimination

A metaphor for brutality

Night flight to Mars

Leave those kids alone

Time for Pilates

Body-mind-spirit connect

‘We need freedom in art’

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. <... »