• The perils of being Umar Khalid

    The atheist youth leader may have identified himself as a Marxist but the State meticulously wrapped around him the identity of a Muslim, to the extent that it eventually became a threat to him

    21 September, 2020 06:16 IST
  • What does haraam-khor actually mean?

    So, 'aadam-khor' is someone who eats Adam's children's in other words, a man-eater. Thus, 'haraam-khor' is someone who consumes sin, and thrives on breaking the law. It refers to a thief, a traitor, even a laz...

    20 September, 2020 07:05 IST
  • #TheNewAbnormal

    Buildings were being sealed off, patients quarantined for 14-day periods, the pandemic was well and truly entrenched

    20 September, 2020 07:05 IST
  • Negotiating with rats

    A little green smoothie (spinach-frozen banana-dates-lime juice), then hot breakfast with upma/poha/dosa and chai

    20 September, 2020 07:04 IST
  • No data

    The year 1943 saw many walkers. At first, half a million refugees trudging to India from Burma, often dying en route. Later, Deepak writes, "Many thousands of people walked from rural areas to Kolkata in hope ...

    20 September, 2020 07:04 IST



  • Violins, villas and Vandre redux

    How did Bandra icons shape the cultural curve for youngsters growing up here? We count the ways

    20 September, 2020 07:04 IST
  • Muzzled by each other

    We can no longer talk about things or call out incorrect behaviour the way we used to just a few years ago because we now police ourselves

    19 September, 2020 05:22 IST
  • How to be full of your self

    Being consciously tender towards ourselves and others goes a long way in correcting conditioning that forces us to give when we have nothing

    18 September, 2020 06:31 IST
  • Star-studded IPL's missing link

    Cricket followers who lap up Sanjay Manjrekar's insights into the game through his television commentary have every right to feel short-changed.

    17 September, 2020 06:56 IST
  • Took a proposal to Sima Aunty. Not!

    Asking the world's best-known Indian Matchmaker what she means by the 'guru mantra: adjustment and compromise'

    16 September, 2020 04:55 IST
  • It's blood is blue, and we suck it dry

    The horseshoe crab is 450 million years old and has sky blue blood. One litre is $16k. Pharma companies can't release a COVID vaccine without it.

    15 September, 2020 06:36 IST
  • A feast and fair for all

    Every true blue Bombaywallah will have their story from the annual visit to Mount Mary's Basilica and the Bandra fair. This year's a no-show, but the nostalgia it still generates is an intrinsic part of our ur...

    14 September, 2020 07:27 IST
  • Politics Kills, Grass Does Not

    The rage against Rhea Chakraborty is the result of a combination of middle-class elitism, hypocrisy and the criminalisation of marijuana under the NDPS Act - enacted only in 1985 under pressure from US

    14 September, 2020 06:15 IST
  • Lobo Lobo, Rhea, Ranaut and Reefers

    "Oh no Lobo Lobo! Have you seen an ENT specialist? Could be wax, you know, that's hindered your hearing."

    13 September, 2020 07:00 IST


  • Rashi Ben and the myth of 'simple' family

    I remembered this uneasiness as the phrase 'simple family' was repeatedly bandied in responses to the ongoing televised hunt of Rhea Chakraborty

    13 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • Was the Buddha Nepalese?

    Politicians are experts at turning ancient events into modern controversies that reap rich electoral dividends. So, as banana republics emerge, we will surely see more and more such dramas

    13 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • Time to crow

    The everyday crow, deified during pitru paksha, offers a vital but forgotten connect with nature. Mumbai illustrators share their fascination with the black beauty

    13 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • South Asian cinema goes global

    It is about how a devoted student of Hindustani classical music struggles to remain true to his art, amid the challenging pressures of contemporary Mumbai

    13 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • How we talk about tragedy

    Looking at the times we are living in, we seem to have lost the sensitivity that someone's personal loss ought to evoke in all of us

    12 September, 2020 07:14 IST
  • Making leisure as relevant as chores

    Things like equal division of labour at home and the way women's bodies are perceived in public, have let me inhabit a more peaceful space. Can we make that happen for all womxn in our societies?

    11 September, 2020 06:44 IST
  • Keep honouring your heroes

    MCA's decision to name an area in the North Stand after club cricket campaigner Dilip Vengsarkar is apt, considering local cricketers sat and watched from that end of the Wankhede Stadium.

    10 September, 2020 06:52 IST
  • This Rhea-lity TV has an expiry date

    If the audience has accepted news for soap-opera; where does news go, once the actual soap-operas make a comeback?

    09 September, 2020 06:44 IST
  • Get tested for COVID or flip a coin?

    In a country with too few tests, all administered as fast as possible, how is a person to know if their test result is truly what it seems?

    08 September, 2020 06:07 IST
  • Let's find the BEST solution

    As the city gingerly steps into its sixth month of the dreaded virus, our sutradhars wonder how despite serving the city throughout the lockdown, the beloved BEST double decker bus, is facing an existential cr...

    07 September, 2020 07:14 IST
  • A case against random COVID test

    Indiscriminate testing is identifying only a minuscule number of infected citizens and is bleeding the state dry. An alternative school suggests targetted testing, treatment and refocussing on immunisation pro...

    07 September, 2020 06:17 IST
  • Last sarangi, uss paar

    The Chalta Phirta online edition opened with Berlin-based Bani Abidi's The Lost Procession (on the trauma of displacement) on August 22, followed by Indus Blues on September 5

    06 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • From 'Shri' Ram to 'Siya' Ram

    Even today, people of Mithila avoid marrying off their daughters in the month that Sita got married. Even today, people of Mithila do not want to marry their daughters into families living in Ayodhya, in fact,...

    06 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • The real thing

    Other people, like Farah Khan and Kiara Advani, also play themselves in the show, but with ditsy exaggeration, sending themselves up

    06 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • And then there were five

    Both of Agatha Christies' detectives looked at each other and replied in unison, "No we've never worked on a case together."

    06 September, 2020 07:00 IST
  • Three screen signposts to film nagri

    For a city left with few standalone theatres, what did Rex, Defence and Edward exemplify in the epic age of single screen cinemas?

    06 September, 2020 07:00 IST

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