The road to Pandharpur

The Wari, Maharashtra’s most important pilgrimage, walked by lakhs every year will culminate at Pandharpur on July 9. The writer recounts walking the road.
  • Will crowdfunding work?

    Though filmmakers inIndia experimented with crowdfunding in the past, many are reluctant to go back to it for their subsequent projects. The writer looks at its viability, drawbacks and future in Indi...
  • Disputed territories

    Where there are dots and lines that divide humanity, violence on people must somehow cease
  • At the helm of conservation

    Dr. Kishore Rao talks about what it is like to oversee the conservation of 1007 World Heritage Sites.
  • Balancing act

    The writer talks about the various advantages of using pH-balanced products in our daily regimen.
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... »
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... »
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... »
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... »  
Anupa Mehta
June 28, 2014
ART for all

Stop, look...

Mumbai is an ever-changing city. No true-blue Mumbaikar is particularly surprised by anything that suddenly appears overnight, be it a new bus stop, a new hoarding or a new work of art. And art of... »
Temple with pools.
June 28, 2014
Earth Tales

Nek Chand’s wonderland

At first glance, Chandigarh neither looks nor feels like an Indian city. Le Corbusier’s strikingly original buildings, as much reviled as admired, give the impression of Western transplants, and th... »
Chocolate-covered marzipan.
June 28, 2014
Food Trail

A Scandinavian spread

Culture doesn’t just lie in the great attractions of a city. There’s many a cultural insight to be gleaned from what’s at the end of your fork. Scandinavia — with its bright intense summers and lon... »
June 28, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2797

Across1 Pause at these, I fancy (8)5 Instruments for travelling salesmen (6)9 Ankle was twisted in ballet (4,4)10 Flyer needed by funfair manager (6)12 Poet in un... »
Zubin Mehta performs during Ehsaas-e-Kashmir Concert,at Shalimar Garden in Srinagar.
June 21, 2014

Tuning in to harmony?

A few years ago, the publication of the book Parallels and Paradoxes, conversations on music and an associated range of topics (inquiries into social condition, politics and the way we live)... »

Going after the green


From the potter’s wheel


The Hindu Crossword No. 2796

The cinema of invisible people

Mud huts and no school

The supreme court

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... »
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... »
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... »
Pia Padukone
June 28, 2014

Surviving to tell the tale

Daughter of a dentist who plays the tabla and a copywriter who is a classical singer, Pia Padukone studied at Manhattan’s tuition-free Stuyvesant High School, known for its academically gifted stud... »
June 28, 2014

A toast to another age

“No, you can’t afford to get your spoons wrong.”Thus spake Shashi Tharoor, the irrepressible MP from Thiruvananthapuram in a blog that raises fascinating questions on the role of modern Ind... »
A taste of life in Seychelles.
June 28, 2014
Go Places

Where time moves backwards

The Seychelles is a cluster of 115 pristine islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa; think turquoise blue waters and soft white sand beaches. The shades of blue in the capital ‘is... »
Srinagar: An Architectural Legacy; Feisal Alkazi, Lotus Roli, Rs.395.
June 28, 2014

Travel Reads

Notes from paradiseA unique part of India that is associated with the best living traditions in craft, cuisine, houseboats and shikaras, rushing mountain streams and snow-clad mountai... »
Wine tasting.
June 21, 2014

Liquid assets

In Paul Torday’s aptly named novel, The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce: A Novel in Four Vintages, the anti hero Wilberforce inherits, in a sense, a massive collection of French Wine... »
Activists of Right to Food Campaign hold packets of wheat during a protest.
June 21, 2014

Promises to keep...

Last August, Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat wrote a much-publicised letter to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, “I am… pained to note that the Food Security Ordinance does not... »

High brow, low brow

Back to nature

Working out at work


Winning the pole

Trouble in the hills

Stories in paint

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. <... »