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Om Puri: Realer than reel

Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda

The acting he learnt was science; the acting he did was art. No school, no teacher could have made him emote the way he did on screen. Here was a man who had breached the line between the real and act, writes RAJESH SINGH Truth can be devastating but even...

Old stories, older books the journey of used books

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | Anubhav Pradhan | in Agenda

The significant yet often elided distinction between the word and the page is what may explain the enduring charm of a used book. People buy used books and treat them as well as fresh ones simply because what matters more is the journey narrated by the words, not the journey...

The social fabric

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 | Miniya Chatterji | in Agenda

Aside global trends such as androgyny trickling in, fashion on and off the ramp in India is a working class aesthetic. You are what you wear — fashion reflects identity, body, and social relations, all at once. And in India, fashion is as much an anthropological summation of one’s environment...

Matters of the Heart

Sunday, 25 Dec 2016 | RAJESH SINGH | in Agenda

If love and friendships are falling apart today more often than earlier, it’s because loyalty is easily shaken, commitment is frivolous, patience is short, love is an empty word, and persistence is a sign of emotional fragility, writes RAJESH SINGH The difference between a fatal heart attack and heartbreak is simple:...

Nation under the scanner

Sunday, 18 Dec 2016 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

Heightened jingoism, terrorism, and crisis of demonetisation have weakened our social fabric. To stop the nation from reducing to a sordid existence, we need whistleblowers who blow the lid off authoritative misconduct, writes ANANYA BORGOHAIN It was one evening when Suddeutsch Zeitung (one of Germany’s top newspapers) journalist Bastian...

Life after Amma

Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 | Kumar Chellappan | in Agenda

Jayalalithaa’s death has left a void difficult to fill — in politics and the State. The situation in Tamil Nadu is fluid and there is no guarantee that the Panneerselvam Government would complete its term despite the reasonable majority the AIADMK enjoys in the Assembly. It is going to be...

The gas chamber called Delhi

Sunday, 04 Dec 2016 | Shambhavi Shukla and Anisha Raman | in Agenda

That Delhi’s air is polluted is no secret. But what the city witnessed in the weeks following Diwali — up until now — is a cause for concern. There is no room for more pollution in the Capital. It’s time to act swiftly, effectively, and urgently, write Shambhavi Shukla and...

‘I write stories that begin from Once upon a time’

Sunday, 27 Nov 2016 | Rinku Ghosh | in Agenda

It is difficult to catch master story-teller Jeffrey Archer in India in the middle of his book tours. Having criss-crossed the country in three days to introduce the last of his Clifton Chronicles series, This Was A Man, we could button-hole him over the telephone as he prepared for an...

The womb industry

Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

Are women baby-making machines? The proposed Surrogacy Bill 2016 seeks to ensure that they aren’t reduced to that status, but there is also an alternative argument against it. ANANYA BORGOHAIN explores both sides of the debate on commercial surrogacy ban A middle-aged surrogate mother in an Indian village, who wishes to...

The cursed child of the House of Tata

Sunday, 13 Nov 2016 | Kushan Mitra | in Agenda

The Nano was supposed to be Tata's gift to India. Instead, the world’s ‘cheapest’ car — unveiled at the 2008 Auto Expo — became one of the finest examples of hubris in modern Indian business, writes KUSHAN MITRA A few hours before Ratan Naval Tata unveiled the Tata Nano at the...


I want to personally thank Obama (and Michelle) for changing my life. His courage and compassion created equality for everyone.

TV host | Ellen DeGeneres

My father has care and concern for others. You can’t control the world; you can only control your reaction.

Actor | Hrithik Roshan

Virat (Kohli) has showed a lot of trust in me and it was very important for me that people in the dressing room trust me.

Indian cricketer | Yuvraj Singh
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