• Delightful truths of cult leaders

    Delightful truths of cult leaders

    Baba Rampal is just the latest in the long line of cult leaders. To be a cult leader you need to have fans who believe everything you say, evidence notwithstanding, and are willing to attack, sometimes violently, those who criticise you or your ideas.

  • Red roofs on the village green

    Red roofs on the village green

    You can take the girl out of Bandra, never Bandra out of the girl. This Queen of Suburbs bonds uncommonly. Bandra girls, even generations apart, exult on finding each other years later.

  • Constitution does not sanction conversion

    Constitution does not sanction conversion

    Astonishing ignorance laces the arguments proffered by the Left-liberal commentariat and ‘secular’ politicians in defence of religious conversions through deceit, allurement and coercion. A lot of this has been heard in recent days both inside and outside Parliament

  • Act now to save young lives from Meow Meow

    Meow Meow looks like cocaine, is 20 times cheaper, more dangerous, and not illegal. With children as young as 14 addicted to it, Meow Meow is a dangerous drug which also goes by the name of mephedrone or M-Cat

  • A haunted nation

    A haunted nation

    On December 16, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar. At least 141 people lost their lives, 132 of them children. Many others are injured

  • Trim adoption rules to kill trafficking

    Three years after our sting operation exposed a bone-chilling child trafficking racket, the baby-sellers are back in business, as our cover story related yesterday

  • The extraordinary in the ordinary

    The extraordinary in the ordinary

    "Our shoots, very much like our brand, are about individuality and sticking your neck out in this increasingly homogenous world. Both Monica and Poorna are symbolic of that," says Bungalow 8's statuesque creative head and owner, the lissome Maithili Ahluwalia

  • City cricket loses jewel in Nirabhai

    City cricket loses jewel in Nirabhai

    Mumbai’s poor start to the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy season attracted shock and ridicule all over the country

  • Pakistan needs to stop playing the victim

    Pakistan has plunged into three days of national mourning following the massacre of children and teachers at The Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar

  • The last Christmas

    The last Christmas

    If there was one place we’d have liked to be this Christmas, it would be in Delhi, with Bim Bissell and her family, bringing in the crisp winter morning, clasped in a Punjabi hug of a Delhi we once knew and had loved

  • Attack on kids is a new low

    Attack on kids is a new low

    One can only hope that Pakistan will recover and understand what happened after the ghastly terrorist assault on a school in Peshawar by gunmen belonging to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan on December 16

  • Taxpayers' money is not for personal favours

    While there are so many pressing problems with reference to basic infrastructure in the city, like roads and water shortages, the BMC has been busy buying its Standing Committee chairman six new cars, on an average of one car a year

  • The insane logic of violence

    The insane logic of violence

    It is difficult to find words to express the sheer horror of the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan

  • Saturday Saturday

    Saturday Saturday

    It's going to be a big ticket Saturday this weekend. With two events, scheduled to take place at two different ends of the city simultaneously, both vying to outdo each other in terms of the glamour quotient

  • This day, that year

    This day, that year

    On December 16, two years ago, a horrific incident - that has come to be known as the Nirbhaya Case - took place, that jolted even the most apathetic Indian

  • No place for boorish behaviour in sports

    Hockey India (HI) on Sunday forced the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to review its leniency and suspend two Pakistani players from the Champions Trophy final against Germany for their obscene gestures at the crowd after the visitors beat India 4-3 in a high-voltage semifinal a day earlier

  • Continental shift

    It’s that of the year, again. Of wish lists and awards, of compilations, and critiques of everything in 2014 that deserved a second mention

  • No Lasting 'Vijay' or peace

    No Lasting 'Vijay' or peace

    On December 13 we observed the 13th anniversary of the terror attack on the Indian Parliament, and reaffirmed our resolve to fight terrorism

  • City's lungs are at stake in racecourse club's polls

    The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) goes to elections tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16

  • Cyber crimes and other things

    Cyber crimes and other things

    Described as a dark and edgy cyber thriller, author publisher Amrita Chowdhury's 'Breach' (Hachette) which along with cyber crime expert Vijay Mukhi we had the pleasure of launching on Friday evening at the Crossword Book store appears to be exactly what the publishing industry requires: an intelligent racy informed read, set in Mumbai written by some one who seems to have mastered her subject and craft