• Bedtime stories that are lifetime reserves

    To celebrate the upcoming Marathi Language Day, the state's Culture Ministry repurposes 19th century Marathi children's fiction to spur interest in a multicultural porous world

    Feb 23, 2020, 07:27 IST
  • India shines at Berlin

    The 70th Berlinale edition, headed by Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian, runs from February 20-March 1. I had a highly coveted invitation to the opening night gala, featuring Philippe Falardeau's My Salinger Ye...

    Feb 23, 2020, 05:59 IST
  • Stray thoughts that stay

    Thoughts flit into one's head, then disappear and re-emerge—temporary answers are found… there are other questions that are rhetorical.

    Feb 23, 2020, 05:51 IST
  • Sage advice (not)

    In a college in Bhuj, 60 young women were asked to remove their panties to prove that they were not menstruating. How should we deal with these recurrent stinky blasts of outlandish sexist theories?

    Feb 23, 2020, 05:45 IST
  • From square Harappa to circular mandala

    Hindutva scholars are unable to explain why the Aryas chose to remember rather meticulously the Vedic hymns, down to the last intonation, but not the advanced sewage technology of the Harappan cities?

    Feb 23, 2020, 05:41 IST



  • The aftermath of a riot

    I was first exposed to the rot that lies deep within our country a couple of decades ago, and have never forgotten it

    Feb 22, 2020, 07:20 IST
  • Doing nothing without intention

    Often I feel the compulsion of conforming to certain notions of labour to be seen as productive, but let's just learn to embrace doing nothing

    Feb 21, 2020, 07:15 IST
  • Scrap two-Test series business

    The decider is an essential part of sport; it's what teams and individuals play for. Yet, rulers of the willow game ignore this vital aspect of competition; the current Test series is an example

    Feb 20, 2020, 07:47 IST
  • Random rumination on hate

    Can we rid ourselves of individual biases? No. Deep-seated prejudices/hate? Really hope so

    Feb 19, 2020, 05:40 IST
  • Everyone says they love Goa, but only Wendell Rodricks showed how

    A Goan friend of the designer writes about how he championed the tiny state's heritage, folk traditions and environment among other things as he embraced its culture and its people

    Feb 18, 2020, 08:00 IST
  • How to be an utterly confident idiot

    No matter how smart you think you are, there's no way you could possibly know what you don't know yet

    Feb 18, 2020, 05:01 IST
  • More festivals, please

    Bombaywallahs desperately need more enriching doses of culture and the arts in the form of well programmed annual festivals

    Feb 17, 2020, 11:11 IST
  • 'Home' is where the trouble is

    Anil Deshmukh, who heads the home department, should avoid becoming a scapegoat, even as coalition bosses keep some matters out of his purview

    Feb 17, 2020, 07:02 IST
  • Here's why the EVM haunts us

    While it does not turn the tables for parties, the Electronic Voting Machine gives us enough reasons to question the ECI's competence

    Feb 17, 2020, 05:01 IST


  • What's in a name? A whole lot across town

    How did Bombay's precincts get to have the evocative names they do? A selection from the new book inspired by this column

    Feb 16, 2020, 06:14 IST
  • A Valentine's Day like no other

    This year, has seen a Valentine's Day like no other, where the language of love demonstrated how political it is.

    Feb 16, 2020, 06:10 IST
  • Panga with life

    When was the last Bollywood film you saw where a mother was the heroine, and sensitively portrayed? Panga is one such.

    Feb 16, 2020, 06:07 IST
  • Lobo Lobo and the politics of rude

    "Okay Lobo Lobo, have a cup of tea, and tell me why you look like a character out of a Hitchcock movie."

    Feb 16, 2020, 06:03 IST
  • Muslim guardians of Hindu shrines

    When one reads folklore of South India, one finds many places where Muslims saints and warriors are accommodated within local Hindu temple lore. Here are four examples.

    Feb 16, 2020, 05:58 IST
  • A city that can barely sleep

    Does a nightlife experiment make sense when Bombay hasn't figured out how to cope with daylight yet?

    Feb 15, 2020, 07:32 IST
  • Pain and joy on your plate

    Being (largely) immobile due to a torn ligament, I have had the chance to rediscover what a delight it is to bury yourself in a book

    Feb 14, 2020, 06:50 IST
  • Farewell Raju, well played!

    Cricket writing has suffered a blow with the passing away of Raju Bharatan, who first covered an international series as a teenager way back in 1952 when India took on England in Old Blighty

    Feb 13, 2020, 07:30 IST
  • 47 weddings and a quarrel!

    Attended the mother of all ceremonies in Udaipur, India's destination wedding capital. And, it was nothing like what you're thinking

    Feb 12, 2020, 07:12 IST
  • Of ducks, kebabs and deadly viruses

    The mallard is a flying library of every flu virus ever known. Through its droppings, new viruses enter your meat. Burgers, anyone?

    Feb 11, 2020, 05:11 IST
  • Congress balm relieves Shiv Sena from CAA headache

    MVA head Uddhav and the Congress have reached a compromise that would not unsettle the three-party formation anytime soon over ideological differences

    Feb 10, 2020, 07:31 IST
  • Myth of India's non-violent culture

    Aparna Vaidik's historical work, My Son's Inheritance: A Secret History of Lynching and Blood Justice in India, examines how violence of the righteous has given India a bloody past and present

    Feb 10, 2020, 07:28 IST
  • An off-track idea

    The revived interest by the Rail Ministry to convert CSMT into a museum defies the very purpose of what its architect FW Stevens had envisioned for the landmark

    Feb 10, 2020, 07:17 IST
  • Understanding Kaikeyi

    Gujarati writer Minal Dixit prompts a rethink on the uni-dimensional portrayal of wicked Kaikeyi, asking if demonised women of Indian mythology are only but a perpetuation of patriarchy

    Feb 09, 2020, 07:31 IST
  • History as warm gupshup

    Meher Marfatia's new book Once Upon A City celebrates carbon-dating in Mumbai as never before.

    Feb 09, 2020, 07:30 IST
  • Neither fair, nor lovely

    When it comes to representation, a real diversity, not a nominal one is key to shifting perspectives. Rather than being stuck on which beauty is real beauty, we may expand that definition, but we could also de...

    Feb 09, 2020, 07:27 IST

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