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Heads and tales

In a historic first, Barack Obama will be the chief guest at our Republic Day celebrations. Here is a look at the personal equations between Indian and American leaders over the decades.
  • They were here too

    In light of Barack Obama’s visit to India, we take a look at earlier American Presidents who visited India.
  • A rival for Hyderabad?

    What lies ahead for the city now that its future is tied to that of Telangana?
  • Renaissance reveries

    The writer marvels at the masterpieces of Florence.
  • Mammoth give-away

    Who belled the elephant?
January 24, 2015
BAREFOOT

Chasing a mirage

A glittering promise held out by Narendra Modi’s government is that it will foster 100 “smart cities”. Indian agriculture, which employs six out of 10 workers in the country, is today in an advance... »
January 24, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2825

Across1 Vulnerable at home? See about vicious mongrel (8)5 Harry’s after drink for pet (6)10 Rim round gold dish (5)11 Spanish general sent over duck and partridge (9)»
Every cook-cum-hostess has her own method, her countdown, her to-do list.
January 24, 2015
Gourmet Files

Quantum of solace

I am so relieved to return to my own ways. For some years, I was out of action for one reason or another and, when I got back, I succumbed to the lord and m’s long-held desire: to have a cook who c... »
(Curating lit fests) is about breaking the barriers between a largely cosmopolitan audience that comes with its own set of prejudices
January 17, 2015

Going places with words

The winds of literature whisper change across this nation. As spring blooms over the Kashmir valley, Srinagar may soon see its first peaceful festival of literature in three years this February. In... »
Hong Mei and a sadhu in Varanasi.
January 17, 2015

Walk the line

Hong Mei bought journals stamped with Ganeshas in Pahar Ganj (New Delhi) to be able to write during her long train journeys. The first Chinese woman to backpack across the country, she took home a... »
On a reconversion spree.
January 17, 2015

As I See It: In the name of ghar wapsi

In its seemingly simple construction lies the intended subversiveness of the term ghar wapsi. While the English term ‘homecoming’ seems to be the literal translation of the expression, gh... »
The author with Rasoolan Bibi.
January 17, 2015

Unsung hero

A mere 60 km separates the tiny village of Asal Uttar from the Harmandir Sahib, Sikhism’s holiest shrine in Amritsar. The village itself is as unremarkable as the flat plains abutting State Highway... »
A trainer also keeps an eye on your technique and assesses your progress. In an online module the e-trainer cannot judge the effects on your body and clarifications will be through e-mails or chats. Photo: Special Arrangement
January 17, 2015

Fitness Mantra: Say no to online workouts

Online workout sessions are hailed as a new fitness trend. Health websites offer a number of attractive online workout modules. You can even see videos of your “trainer” (or fitness model) demonstr... »
January 17, 2015

The Hindu Crossword No. 2824

Across 1 Benefits from book by novelist, Doris’s last (9) 6 Shoot bishop after all others (5) 9 Punch a mate (5) 10 Big top musical? Backing provisional... »
For toddlers and young children, shoes with flexible soles are recommended. Well-cushioned, shock-absorbing shoes are helpful for adolescent athletes.
January 17, 2015

Feet first: The perfect fit

Foot problems affect most of us at some point in our lives. A general recommendation that helps ease or avoid most common foot problems is to wear fitting shoes. Poorly-fitted shoes can make foot p... »

Meaningful memory

Films of discovery

It’s all in the mind, really

The Hindu Crossword No. 2823

Himalayan hideaway

Death of innocence

New Year wish list

Wealth issues

January 24, 2015
SOCIETY

Terror bytes

The rise of fundamentalism has turned into a grim threat to not only the residents of Paris, but societies across the West Asia, Africa and the Far East. Edward Said had suggested that the best way... »
The fjord-like bay of Kotor seen from the top of the city walls.
January 24, 2015
backpack chronicles

Hidden pearl of the Adriatic

“So, where are we going next?” I asked Vijay, as we pored over the map on our netbook. We were two months into our backpacking trip across West Asia and Eastern Europe and were having a great time... »
Hussain Zaidi
January 17, 2015

It’s a don’s life

After reconstructing the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, sketching the rise of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and narrating the fascinating lives of Mafia Queens, he brings us the tale of, perhaps, the mos... »
January 17, 2015

From rejection to riches

There are writers and there are writers. One: the celebrity variety, whose faces are more recognisable than the covers of their books, who are pampered by their publishers, who earn invitations to... »
Democracy and secularism — real civilisation itself — is not possible without laughter, and difference.
January 17, 2015

When divinity turns demonic

Many Muslims — not just religious ones — find it deeply offensive to have their prophet treated irreverently, especially by the ex-colonising nations of Europe. These Muslims — like any other peopl... »
Veena Devi
January 17, 2015

The Other Half: Wisdom beyond schooling

Veena Devi is unlettered. I use that word rather than ‘uneducated’. When I met her more than five years ago, she was the mukhiya, or sarpanch, of Loharpura panchayat in Nawada district in so... »
Devdass at far right with boys from the dholak community. Photo: Special Arrangement
January 17, 2015

The chosen ones of Koti

After a conversation with her uncle who lived in Dehradun, director Farha Alam came up with the idea for her documentary, Superstars of Koti. “We packed our bags the next week, gathered some... »
Dr. Isaac Mathai. Photo: Special Arrangement
January 17, 2015

Wholesome Healing: Back to tradition

The Soukya International Holistic Health Centre has, for over a dozen years now, been a classic example of how integrated holistic healing can also be a million-dollar business. The man behi... »
As we age, the water content in the disc decreases, making it less flexible and more prone to rupture.
January 17, 2015

Healthwatch: Treating a slip disc

One of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc, better known as slip disc. This can also cause discomfort and numbness in the legs. How does a slip disc occur?When a disc bet... »
Illustration: Deepak Harichandan
January 10, 2015

Ground realities

“The worst sort of business,” wrote Warren Buffett, billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway chairman, to shareholders in 2008, “is one that grows rapidly, requires significant capital to engend... »

Through the poet’s lens

Tech Edge

Jumping bureaucratic loops

Tale of two streets

Sauce for the goose

Mirroring beauty

A range of movement

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. <... »