• Gladiators among us

    Gladiators among us

    No, this is not yet another article on much admired filmmakers who confuse Bollywood with European art house cinema, Mumbai with Chicago, cannot take any criticism, and declare they want to sulk in grand exotic locations, when the market does not indulge them, to that favourite background score of drama queens, 'I will survive!'

  • Second guesses

    Second guesses

    What happens when you keep second-guessing? You usually guess wrong. Ask Sonam Kapoor. Sonam Kapoor is a style icon

  • Big cats and grand staircases

    Big cats and grand staircases

    We can now adopt an animal each, announce the good folks at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. They have just lost Beauty, a young Royal Bengal tigress. This may be a great idea

  • The romance of a storm in the east

    The romance of a storm in the east

    There was no intimation of a storm when I left home for work. It was only after I hit the Expressway that I spotted the dark, menacing storm, roaring across the highrise-dotted dust plains that separate Delhi from Uttar Pradesh

  • Discrimination is just not done

    That religions in India have never had a harmonious equation is like stating a truism

  • Cricket comes home again

    Cricket comes home again

    Today, Pakistan will play against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistani cricket fans are ecstatic

  • Prevent abuse of power to snoop

    Forty-five years after the legislature first introduced a controversial amendment, Section 5(2), to the erstwhile Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, giving central and state governments the power to intercept communication, the contentious issue has once again come to the fore

  • Plane Talk

    Plane Talk

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that one cannot be rich enough. Ever. We'd once narrated the story of a clique of high rolling Indian businessmen, who were overheard showing off about their preferred airlines for first-class travel

  • Let's talk about that 14-year jinx, Aussies!

    Let's talk about that 14-year jinx, Aussies!

    When the West Indies arrived in Australia for the 1979-80 tour, their first Test series Down Under after 1975-76 (the one in which they got a 5-1 shellacking), they were constantly reminded of that loss through the media

  • Another bridge to nowhere?

    The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) was planned in the early 1970s

  • Hosting Sania, praising Tanu

    Hosting Sania, praising Tanu

    We caught director Farah Khan at the supermarket yesterday. "I'm hosting a small dinner this evening for Sania Mirza, who is a dear friend," said the spunky director and mother of triplets, whose Happy New Year placed her as one of the first women filmmakers in Bollywood's coveted one-hundred-crore club

  • Proud to be Indian

    Proud to be Indian

    “Earlier you felt ashamed of being born Indian,” said India’s prime minister to Indians in China but “Now you feel proud to represent the country"

  • It's time to enable students

    Time and again, the authorities introduce policies to facilitate the development and education of children

  • The story behind Sonam's Sari

    The story behind Sonam's Sari

    "The sari belongs to our couture collection from our book shoot nearly three years ago, just one of those things that was ahead of its time. So when Sonam and Rhea called about Cannes, we said let's bring that out, because if there is anyone who can do justice to a couture garment it's her," said Sandeep Khosla

  • For autonomy and dignity, in life and dying

    How would one rank the tragedies in Aruna Shanbaug’s life? What are these tragedies?

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    The situation is so commonplace that everybody must have come across an incident like that. Two kids have a playground fight, and their parents come to battle swords drawn

  • Let's work towards safer workplaces

    Most of the journalists reporting and commenting on the death more merciful than tragic of nurse Aruna Shanbaug are well over a generation removed from the incident

  • Bollywood's season of Schadenfreude

    Bollywood's season of Schadenfreude

    If you want to know the meaning of the German word 'schadenfreude,' you only have to look at the response to Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet to see it demonstrated in action

  • 'Bengal in my home'

    'Bengal in my home'

    "Having spent 7 years before joining films in Kolkata, and then over 40 years and on, with Bengal in my home, it does rub off," said Amitabh Bachchan, tongue firmly in cheek, when we asked him what informed his spirited rendition of the cantankerous old Bengali hypochondriac, Bhashkor Bannerjee in 'Piku'

  • Neta-babu feud can lead to policy paralysis

    These days, the Mantralaya precinct is abuzz with talk of how a senior bureaucrat refused to cave in when a minister demanded that some engineers of his choice be appointed in Vidarbha

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