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Whose life is it anyway?

Given the excitement around Mary Kom, one wonders about the liberties taken in biopics.
  • Arresting portrait

    On Periyar’s 135th birth anniversary, a look at the first biography of the Dravidian leader published 75 years ago.
  • Rebel in pink

    Sampat Pal Devi, founder of Gulabi Gang, talks about vigilante woman rights.
  • Across time and history

    Rahaab Allana talks about his ongoing photography exhibition in Delhi.
  • What’s up, doc?

    When symptoms defy explanation, an interdisciplinary approach works best.
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... »
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) ... »
Wine and cheese
September 6, 2014

Perfect match

It’s a love affair that just refuses to end. From the days of Charlemagne — who ordered local tithes to be paid in Roquefort cheese — to General de Gaulle, who voiced the dilemma of “governing a co... »
SLV-3 blasts off into a clear morning sky from Sriharikota on April 17, 1983. Photo: The Hindu Archives
September 6, 2014

The rocket failed to take off!

I was assigned to cover the launch of SLV-3 in Sriharikota, in the early 1980s. Since photographers were not allowed inside the campus, they had to position themselves at the SHAR gate, about 2 km... »
At Malhar this year. Photo: Vivek Bendre
September 6, 2014
Barefoot

Caste factor

An unlikely place to initiate a dialogue about the invisibility of caste was a students’ festival in Mumbai’s elite century-old college St. Xavier’s. When students chose to preface their annual fes... »
September 6, 2014

Not an ice guy

I must confess that I have begun to dread logging into Facebook. I am afraid there’s going to be another tagging epidemic, egging me to do something crazy in order to do some good: Go to work dress... »
Illustration by Sreejith R. Kumar
September 6, 2014

High & dry in Kerala

Kerala, in time and in a series of painful, regrettable, politically motivated steps, will soon become a dry state. What are the implications? Numerous and heart-breaking.The dry state means... »

Changes in university education

India running!

In the news: Price fighters

Devil in the detail

As I see it: Lower in the order?

Emotional health: Feed your stomach, not your emotions

Skin care: Cold relief

The Hindu Crossword No. 2806

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... »
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... »
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... »
Prashad: Cooking With Indian Masters; J. Inder Singh Kalra, Allied, Rs.150.
September 6, 2014

Chef Speak

Dining with the Maharajas; Neha Prasad & Ashima Narain, Roli Books, Rs.4,995. “The authors have travelled across the length and breadth of India and dined with royal families a... »
Chefs Cyrus Todiwala (left) and Tony Singh.
September 6, 2014

Spice mission

The British are no strangers to Indian cuisine. But the lines between the two cuisines have hardly blurred, with spices remaining almost exclusive to Indian cooking. “Most of them think that our fo... »
In the 16th century, when chocolate was shipped back to the homeland from South America, the Spanish cooked it with cinnamon.
September 6, 2014

Gourmet Files: A dash of cinnamon

Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously.— Vanna Bonta, poet, writer, actorI had a great-uncle who kept a silver caster at his dining table. Filled with neither salt nor pepper... »
Gandhiji greets six-year-old Indira (Gandhi) during his 21-day fast in 1924. Photo: The Hindu archives
September 6, 2014

Body as a site of protest

Even in the age of technology, protest is a simple signature. All it needs is a slogan; when words are banned, even silence is adequate; when the weak have nothing, they still have the body, the e... »
Actor Anushka Sharma
September 6, 2014

Tailing the WAGs

Poor Sunil Dev. He probably thought that he was following in the famous footsteps of England football team manager Fabio Capello who, in 2010, when the country qualified for the 2010 World Cut, sa... »
September 1, 2014
CAMBRIDGE LETTER

What’s in a name?

Having been asked to confirm the identity and qualifications of a foreign citizen who has lived and worked for many years in the United Kingdom. I drafted an appropriate letter. I had been asked t... »

The unsatisfactory situation

Myths and metal

Tribute to a teacher

East meets Far East

Do women really have it all?

Health: Feet first

Fitness mantra: Senior stamina

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. <... »