Sultanas of swing

Four young singers speak out on what it means to be a female musician in India today.
  • Let her be

    Falling sex ratios, dowry, patriarchal mindsets that prefer sons… when will we see a change? LITTA JACOB
  • The movie behind the Mahatma

    Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi is a beautiful lesson module on the life of Gandhi.
  • Wildly Wise

    Butet Manurung, winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014, talks about her work with Indonesia’s indigenous tribes and why she chose to start a school in the jungle.
  • A spirited history

    Meena Menon writes about the Murree Brewery in Pakistan, one of the oldest in the sub-continent
Singer Monica Dogra
September 20, 2014

Notes on fashion

Remember Madonna in her conical bras (Jean Paul Gaultier) and fishnets? Or Lady Gaga in her shiny leather cutout bodysuits? Over the years, music artistes have been as much in the news for their mu... »
September 20, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2809

Across1 Front man whole number precede (10)6 Ornamental case used in piqué tuition (4)10 Get rid of member bringing gun (7)11 Punishment - type man dished out (7)... »
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... »
A still from 'Mary Kom'.
September 13, 2014

Whose life is it anyway?

Let me say this at the outset: Mary Kom’s sincerity cannot be in doubt. A film riding on a woman or a heroine is not the safest box-office bet in India. Make her a sportswoman and it gets e... »
The national pride. Photo: General Baljit Singh
September 13, 2014

Shot in the wild

It shall be the duty of Every Citizen of India to protect and improve the Natural Environment including forests, rivers, lakes and wildlife and to have compassion for all living creatures.... »
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... »
Sampat Pal Devi speaking at an event in Mangalore. Photo: R. Eswarraj
September 13, 2014

Rebel in pink

From starting a movement in the house to establishing her identity as a “human being and not someone’s wife”, Sampat Pal Devi, founder of Gulabi Gang, now travels globally, propagating h... »
French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot demonstrating hypnosis on a
September 13, 2014

What’s up, doc?

When I first met Mrs. A, the wife of a practising physician, she had been clinically symptomatic for over two years. Her main complaints were an uncontrolled appetite (she was eating every two hou... »
Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes can help combat leg cramps during pregnancy. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
September 13, 2014

Get rid of leg cramps

Pregnant women experience myriad physical sensations: from morning sickness to the baby’s movements. But the most painful one is leg cramps. Many believe that leg cramps during the third... »
The writer on Al Pathri peak in Gulmarg.
September 6, 2014

Back to the Valley

For 24 years, I fed on memories of a place and a people gone bad. A valley that had turned ugly, where blood was shed at the slightest excuse and where humanity had lost its way. I kept away from... »

Chef Speak

Spice mission

Gourmet Files: A dash of cinnamon

Body as a site of protest

Tailing the WAGs

What’s in a name?

The unsatisfactory situation

Myths and metal

A trail of pilgrims between Vaan and Bedni Bugyal.
September 20, 2014

All in good faith

It’s a train of faith across the mountains. The Nanda Raj Jat, a once-in-12-years event in Uttarakhand, involves people from all over the region and beyond. Some join as a mark of faith to the godd... »
A golden pagoda.
September 20, 2014
River Lore

Tracing a lifeline

The first thing that draws my attention in Myanmar is a substance like sandalwood paste swept in circles across the cheeks of most women and children. “It’s thanaka,” says Phyu, my guide. “I... »
September 20, 2014

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... »
September 13, 2014

Arresting portrait

The autobiography, remarks Ramachandra Guha, is a pre-emptive attack by the subject on the future biographer. But the biographer’s toughest challenge is an earlier biography, whether good or bad.... »
September 13, 2014

To Ma’am, with love…

To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman. - Arthur Conan Doyle Dr. Saumitra Chakravarty is to me what Irene Adler was to Holmes. I wanted to take up Literature in my unde... »
Rahaab Allana. Photo: Monica Tiwari
September 13, 2014

Across time and history

“Drawn from Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-continent” — currently on display at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts — introduces one to the traditions of landscape and portr... »
September 13, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2808

Across 1 Face endless people giving a torrent of abuse (8) 5 Incendiary liquid buddy used in Vietnam (6) 9 Coin kept popping up (2,6) 10 Moderate, Englis... »
Healthy when boiled, baked or grilled.
September 13, 2014

The potato myth

Studies have shown that not all starchy vegetables are harmful. Potatoes, especially, have more calories than green leafy vegetables, portion-wise, and also give more economical fuel compared to o... »
Dumping waste into Pallikaranai marsh in Chennai.
September 6, 2014

Watch your waste

“Sanitation was unheard of. Water was unpurified, and raw sewage ran down city streets in open drains. It was common practice for people to empty their chamber pots out of their windows, and to... »
September 6, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2807

Across 1 Work hard in attempt to get cup (6) 4 I allow small number inside, in the dark (8) 10 Restore control, say (9) 11 A nearly new suit (5) ... »

Perfect match

The rocket failed to take off!

Caste factor

Not an ice guy

High & dry in Kerala

Changes in university education

India running!

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. <... »