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Indian Premier Lok Sabha

With all the hype and media coverage around the elections and the new IPL season, this writer wakes up finding it difficult keeping the two events apart.
  • Searching for a swami

    What is the Ananda community, and why did Elisabeth Rohm choose to play the lead in a docudrama about it?
  • Second innings

    Mohammad Azharuddin is the Congress’ big gamble in rural Rajasthan. On the campaign trail with the veteran cricketer and a few other sporting heroes.
  • Looking back at a lifetime

    Nasreen Munni Kabir talks about the making of her book of conversations with Waheeda Rehman.
  • Lotions and potions

    On the perils of navigating a friendly neighbourhood cosmetic store.
April 16, 2014
Cambridge Letter

The obligation to choose

Anyone who is interested in the working of democracy will be aware that elections are taking place in India. The coverage of those elections in the United Kingdom has been limited, but it has been... »
The Amar Chitra Katha cover.
April 12, 2014

The club mentality

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. I first came across that name through the Amar Chitra Katha. The ‘ACK’ pictorial book was then an integral part of a young mind’s reading material. From his animated stor... » 2 comments
A Shyam Ahuja Dhurrie. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 12, 2014

A man with designs

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, Shyam Ahuja was the first and last name in floor decor. This was the man who reinvented the dhurrie up from being an underlay for carpets and rejuvena... » 1 comment
Kareena Kapoor. Photo: AFP
April 12, 2014

Forget fads, eat well

First she was criticised for being too chubby, and then for being too skinny. Ask Kareena Kapoor Khan how she sees herself now and she says, “super fit”. Thanks to celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diw... » 1 comment
April 5, 2014

Let's talk toilets

Sahida Khan is a Class IX student living in the small hamlet of Bidarka in Alwar district, Rajasthan. The bright 16-year-old cycles six km to the secondary school at Baghoda as her village does not... » 3 comments
Romila Thapar. Photo: T. Singaravelou
April 5, 2014

Ideas of history

On August 15, 1947, the historian Romila Thapar — then in the final year of school in Pune — was asked to lower the Union Jack, raise the flag of our just-born nation and deliver a short speech. It... » 2 comments
Stills from the play.
April 5, 2014

Soul searing...

The tragedy of the ruthless gang-rape of an unnamed young paramedical student in the winter of 2012 in South Delhi became a deeply personal tragedy for millions of people around the world. We suffe... » 1 comment
Mural of Kannaki seeking justice, Thurai Neelavanai, Eastern Province. Photo: Sharni Jayawardena
April 5, 2014

Celebrating Kannaki

March is particularly sacred to the devotees who flock to the Kannaki Amman temples in Sri Lanka’s Northern Peninsula. The auspicious days of Panguni thingal or ‘Mondays in March’ will end i... » 1 comment
'Princess in an Exotic garden' by Forge Lynch
April 5, 2014

East meets West

It is that time of the year when Asia takes over the U.S., with the most wonderful art — both ancient and modern — from different parts of the continent. Galleries, museums and auction houses all s... » 1 comment
An art work
April 5, 2014
Art Bazaar

Desert spaces

An art fair is an art fair. At the end of the day, it is all about the business of selling art. But it is how the fair goes about achieving the task, which defines the fair's identity and separates... » 1 comment

Ode to Goeche La

Burst of flavour

In faraway Giridih

‘You are Muslim, not Indian’

‘Queen of Kundalini’

The banality of evil

Goodbye, Boss

Blaming the ‘other’

Dayamani Barla. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
April 12, 2014
The Other Half

No time for parties

The exhilarating process of elections has begun. There is genuine and understandable apprehension about the future. But there is also hope. Because in this election, an element has been injected t... » 1 comment
Sahana Banerjee. Photo: Special Arrangement
April 12, 2014

String theory

She is perhaps one of our most accomplished sitar players, but few people know of or have had the opportunity to hear Sahana Banerjee. Besides coaching aspiring musicians and spearheading a movemen... » 1 comment
April 12, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2786

Across1 Match pipe that’s used in experiment supervised by 14 across, perhaps (4,4)5 Person, for example, associated with a wineshop (6)10 Reportedly undisciplined playwright (... »
April 5, 2014
Cambridge Letter

Age no bar

Cambridge and Oxford (note the alphabetical order!) are about to meet for their annual boat race — the 160th. To my pleased surprise, our local paper, Cambridge News, after referring to the race, c... » 2 comments
Shobhaa De and (right) Yash Birla. Photo: Vivek Bendre
April 5, 2014

Yash gets candid

Yashovardhan Birla does not fit into any one mould. He heads a multi-crore conglomerate but his public persona is perceived contrary to that of a business magnate. He is a fitness addict who is equ... » 3 comments
The Past As Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History; Romila Thapar, Aleph Book Company, Rs.595.
April 5, 2014

Excerpts from Of Histories and Identities

Religions in South Asia were generally flexible enough to allow people to worship in each other’s sacred places when there was a wish to do so and if they were allowed to. My first experience of re... » 1 comment
Political Inscriptions at Vaikunda Perumal Temple. Photo:
April 5, 2014
Elections 2014

Writing on the wall

From living rooms to boardrooms, morning walks to late night parties, there is one favourite topic to talk about: elections! Some say that both elections and democracy were a gift to India from the... » 3 comments
Chirag Paswan.
April 5, 2014
Elections 2014

The rising son

Political dynasties are to Indian politics what formula flicks are to Bollywood. Actor-turned-politician Chirag Paswan strides both the worlds.The son of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram... » 1 comment
April 5, 2014

Mail matters

At the age of 14, V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai invented the world’s first email system and was awarded the first U.S. copyright for “email”. This invention would not only shape his life — and bring him to... » 2 comments
April 5, 2014

The Hindu Crossword No. 2785

Across1 Black bird dog (6)4 Following Carole abroad, two females go away (5,3)10 Man-made can, origin uncertain (9)11 Loud argument before noon could make one scowl (5)<... »

Beyond wildlife

Indian Spring?


Wine and dine

The Hindu Crossword No. 2784

David Davidar remembers

Breaking the silence

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. <... »