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  • When his brain exploded
    July 20, 2013
    One day the ticking time bomb in Ashok Rajamani's head went off. In an 'anti-Oprah' memoir, he talks about how he put his life…
  • Quirky, indie, edgy - the new mainstream
    July 13, 2013
    Bollywood is incapable of being quirky in the real sense of the word. It now simply uses the adjective as a marketing tag.
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    July 13, 2013
    Goodbye cardboard arrows and imitation jewels. With historical and mythological shows going big budget, viewers have been left enthralled by the…
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Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
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The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
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Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
Reality and Bollywood

When real is unreal

Gautam Bhatia
When real is unreal
Reality is a still a fantasy in Bollywood.
Goonga Pehelwan

Story without words

Amardeep Banerjee
Virender Singh, the deaf and mute wrestler with an impressive list of wins, is the hero of a documentary, 'Goonga Pehelwan'.
Mecca of art

Galli grit at Tate

Anahita Mukherji
Anand Patwardhan's controversial films being screened at Tate Modern, London show that the politics of protest transcend national borders, time and space.
Author by chance

Maharaja of Mush

Sonal Nerurkar
Pitting his 'bol-chaal ki bhasha' against 'dictionaryoriented' literary fiction, author Ravinder Singh is on a roll.

Kamal Swaroop's obsession

Reconstructing Phalke

Shrabonti Bagchi
Reconstructing Phalke One man's obsession with Dadasaheb Phalke has resurrected Indian cinema's father-figure time and again.
Looking back

Intolerable pain is worthy of what I lost

Smriti Daniel
The tsunami took everything - her husband, her two sons, her parents. Sonali Deraniyagala contemplated suicide, turned to alcohol, and then began to write.
Mahatma’s trusted confidante

Telling stories of his experiments with truth

Paul John and Vijaysinh Parmar
A veteran Gandhian fuses the power of storytelling with simplicity and warmth.
Best Sellers

To steal perchance a dream

Anjali Thomas
A 21-year-old Oxford student, whose debut novel is a fantasy about a young clairvoyant in a dystopian world, is being touted as the next JK Rowling.

Making a scene

Nergish Sunavala
Artists share bizarre anecdotes that highlight the unpredictable nature of performance art.

Voice of the poor

Film fighters

Film fighters

Video volunteers have been shooting short, candid film clips on official apathy.


Memory highway

Memory highway

In the past, cars from different countries had distinct characteristics.

The Royal Roosters

Easy Rider

Easy Rider

Randeep Hooda, who owns a polo team, talks about rediscovering horse-riding.
Strumming narratives
The Ramayana at Harrow

The Ramayana at Harrow

Naomi Canton | July 6, 2013
Soumik Datta plays the electric acoustic sarod wearing trainers. And tells the story of his own years of exile in boarding school.
Dazzling strokes
Cold chai with Vaikuntam

Cold chai with Vaikuntam

Anvar Alikhan | July 6, 2013
Vaikuntam talks about how he might have ended up being a 'kiranawala'.
Arty affair
Cane and Khusrau

Cane and Khusrau

Gunvanthi Balaram | July 6, 2013
110 private jets arrived in Basel on the opening day of the world's most prestigious art fair, where several Indian artists earned critical and…
Jewish identity
Jews in Bollywood didn't need to hide their identity

Jews in Bollywood didn't need to hide their identity

Sidharth Bhatia | July 6, 2013
The Melbourne-based ben-Moshe talks about his project which focuses on issues of identity, cultural assimilation and the Jewish diaspora.
Don't parrot, perform

Don't parrot, perform

Purnima Sharma | July 6, 2013
Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.

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