Brewing death: Hooch's torrid affair with Mumbai

Brewing death: Hooch's torrid affair with Mumbai

Mangroves, creeks and a large daily-wage population tips Mumbai’s scales against the illegal liquor mafia. In the wake of the Malvani hooch tragedy we trace how this nexus has been operating in the city

Movie Reviews

  • 'Papanasam' - Movie Review

    'Papanasam' - Movie Review

    A darn good film, as we know, has the power to stay in your psyche, manipulate your emotions and refuse to leave you for a long time. Papanasam is one such film. Highly gripping screenplay, deft direction, and an ace performance by the lead actor Kamal Haasan makes it a film not to be missed

  • 'Guddu Rangeela' - Movie Review

    'Guddu Rangeela' - Movie Review

    Inspired by real life tragic love story of Manoj and Babli who were killed in the name of honour, 'Guddu Rangeela' had the potential of becoming a powerful, deeply disturbing film which shows the mirror to the barbaric ways that a particular panchayat functions in. Alas, it is not

  • 'Second Hand Husband' - Movie Review

    'Second Hand Husband' - Movie Review

    Second Hand Husband is definitely not a classic, but it manages to make you laugh out loud at some points, largely entertains and keeps you engrossed. That is a bit of an achievement for a film that comes with zero expectations

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Sunday Mid-Day

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Life & Style

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Malavika’s Mumbai

  • Hot gig with Coldplay

    Hot gig with Coldplay

    "He's a really cool guy, funny as hell, and with a big heart." It was rockstar activist and one half of the film industry's most successful music makers, Vishal Dadlani, telling us about his serendipitous gig with (gulp) Coldplay's Chris Martin at Delhi's Summer House, on an ordinary Wednesday night which has been since described as 'surreal,' 'ape shit,' 'holy shit' and 'para para paradise' by ecstatic fans of both men

  • Get well soon

  • Collateral Damage

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Dear Diana

'My parents are stopping me from marrying a divorcee...'

'My parents are stopping me from marrying a divorcee...'

I am 28 and have fallen for a divorcee. I met him through common friends. I have been with him for over a year. He is 39, but looks younger...

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Today’s Horoscope



You shall spend your day well, meeting new people and learning new things from them. A rendezvous with your beloved cannot be ruled out. Enjoy! Domestic expenses and personal issues are indicated. Avoid parking funds in novel projects. Professionals will be comfortable monetarily. Freshers shall get suitable jobs.Read More



It's time for some relaxation and rejuvenation. You may also consider a spa visit, or, if it has been overdue, a complete body check-up. If you happen to have some overseas work/ trade connection, the week’s stars may bring you good news, and who knows, even gifts. Household expenses may spoil your mood. Read More



Employ your grit and determination to your advantage today, especially when a daunting task stares you in the face. Communication shall help you get the intellectual stimulation you may be seeking this week. You will come across an opportunity to raise the financial bar. Read More



Relationships shall remain at the core of your day. You will find the company of your loved ones salubrious, and will go out of your way to make them happy Enthusiastic and energetic, you shall manage to deal with most things that come your way this week. A guest may visit you. It's a good time for professionals and business-people alike. Read More



Well, sometimes, even on an off day, we need to keep working. Don't let this uncharacteristic development spoil your mood. Emotions are not your fort, and thus, this week, when you react passionately and emotionally to some situations, people may be taken aback. Relax! Read More



'Don't drag' should be your mantra for the day. Whether it is a personal issue or a household repair pending since long - nix and fix it today. Be careful, before you commit your money anywhere. Steer clear of giving your money or goods on credit. Expenses zoom, as you add luxuries to your life this week. Read More



Your extraordinary talents will draw people towards you. If you are a student or researcher, the day may bring clarity, opportunities and good news Distracted, you may find it tough to focus. Work takes a back-seat, but when a responsibility calls for your attention, you shall be all for it. Read More



Romance and love shall fill your day and heart to the brim. Enjoy this day, even if you happen to be single. Work may demand a lot of time and effort. Deadlines may be looming, leaving you stressed and gasping for air. Try re-aligning your focus, as this will help you accomplish your task.Read More



Be ready to make the most of this favourable day. Plan an outing, or simply indulge in a rewarding hobby. You may do something special to please your family, but their cold response may leave you seething. At work, you may get embroiled into a controversy, despite being innocent. Read More



Expect good news coming your way. This may be related to your career or even love life. Take it as a reason to relax and celebrate. Control your temper. Don't let your pride and selfishness overpower your genuine nature. Work remains busy as usual, but you must make ways to have more fun.Read More



Buoyant, you shall be ready to take on the world today. This may also mean that you may end up working more than you had bargained for. You will have to put in extra effort, learn the latest technology and hone your skills. Relations with life partner may get strained, and you may be at your wits end.Read More



You may be extremely sensitive today. Try not to lose your temper. Deflect the tension and stress with some sumptuous food. Health requires care, especially if you suffer from a chronic ailment. At work, you may be entrusted with new responsibilities. Be open and flexible. Read More