• The magic of the single screen

    The delights of watching films in a single screen cinema have always had a special place, laced with nostalgia, but its closures have consistently chipped into a crucial arm of the city's heritage and its stat...

    26 October, 2020 07:21 IST
  • Democracy on test in Bihar

    American scholar Professor Shawn Rosenberg in a 2019 paper theorised that well-established democracies will decline owing to an inept citizenry and the marginalisation of public institutions.

    26 October, 2020 06:15 IST
  • Off the beaten track

    "Aaah Manuel, you are welcome. What places would that be? Kerala for the backwaters, Agra for the Taj Mahal, Goa for the beaches, Rajasthan for the desert, Mumbai for Bollywood, Kashmir for the mountains...whe...

    25 October, 2020 09:02 IST
  • Donkey's curse and cross

    The image of a donkey copulating with a woman is a warning, a curse, or threat, to those who violate the land grant. If someone encroaches the land, then a donkey shall be made to copulate with the violator's ...

    25 October, 2020 09:00 IST
  • Shukriya, meherbani, thenkoo

    Shukriya sayers may be found in sharara, shervani, leather jackets, flannel shirts and of course, sparkly gowns. Boss, we're Indian. Sab chalta hai na

    25 October, 2020 09:00 IST



  • Performing love

    I noticed how performative our lives have become. You can't just greedily gobble up a cake any more. I'm learning to first photograph the gift, maybe pose with it, and WhatsApp it, with thanks to the sender

    25 October, 2020 09:00 IST
  • A lensman and a half-jetty

    An incomplete jetty at Arnala fort island prompts fashion photographer Shashank Lawate to turn lobbyist for 5,000 Kolis who risk their lives while crossing over to the other side of civilisation.

    25 October, 2020 07:33 IST
  • Why are you on Facebook?

    Numerous warnings from around the world show that the social media giant has been causing us more harm than good

    24 October, 2020 07:00 IST
  • Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to be tested on 100 Indian volunteers

    Last week, the expert committee of DCGI had recommended granting permission to Dr Reddy's Laboratories for conducting phase 2 clinical trials of Russian COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Sputnik V, in India

    23 October, 2020 13:40 IST
  • Becoming a metabolic black hole

    In working towards a writing practice that puts me in a boundless, transforming framework, I have discovered how our empowered selves too must accommodate new galaxies and eliminate margins

    23 October, 2020 05:47 IST
  • Desert storm of a different kind

    MS Dhoni has experienced some heady moments across IPL history but this edition has been a highly forgettable one for him and CSK.

    22 October, 2020 06:56 IST
  • When a quiz question passes on

    What better way to pay tribute to Bhanu Athaiya than with loads of 'old chestnut' Bollywood trivia!

    21 October, 2020 06:51 IST
  • How many Dalits equal one Hindu?

    What do you do when there aren't enough beds or ventilators in the hospital and you have to decide whose life isn't worth saving?

    20 October, 2020 06:09 IST
  • A boost for public heritage

    As an MOU is floated between the BMC and MTDC to open up the former's headquarters for walking tours, our sutradhars hope it is a start, and that other public heritage buildings in Bombay follow suit

    19 October, 2020 07:02 IST


  • Tanishq ad was a joke on us

    Tata-owned Titan Company's decision to show a happy inter-faith couple in its recent advert and the subsequent withdrawal explains much about capitalism's equation with ideas, profits and power

    19 October, 2020 06:05 IST
  • Of Iftikhar and Khar se Pyar

    Home to aesthetes and actors, sandwiched between Bandra and Santa Cruz, the little suburb of Khar has high civic mindedness

    18 October, 2020 07:50 IST
  • Luv shuv jihad

    "Because then sales will double, boss! That is called marketing strategy, samajyu ke?" he concluded

    18 October, 2020 07:33 IST
  • Wedding seasons

    Squeamishness about sex, desire's capacity to breach politically correct boundaries with libidinal force, sometimes makes bedfellows of ideological adversaries

    18 October, 2020 07:32 IST
  • Bhanu in the nation of thieves

    I love that video of her winning the Oscar: she is pleased, but not overwhelmed. She wore a simple, elegant blue sari with a hint of sequins, a silver choker and earrings, that's it

    18 October, 2020 07:31 IST
  • Nine forms of Durgas

    They represent the nine phases of the goddess' life. The nine nights of Navratri are a celebration of the Goddess in her entirety

    18 October, 2020 04:16 IST
  • Farmers are not our problem

    The people responsible for putting food on our plates have been struggling to survive for decades. Why don't we care?

    17 October, 2020 07:00 IST
  • The universe beyond us humans

    Bacteria come alive when they react with other ingredients during fermentation - witnessing and connecting with this very much sentient life gives me a sense of hope and surety.

    16 October, 2020 06:35 IST
  • Performance must count first

    The quality of cricket in the 1947-48 India v Australia Test series must be spoken about more than the incident involving Mankad and Brown.

    15 October, 2020 06:13 IST
  • It's a moment of truth, not TRP

    No, a lie does not have two sides to 'debate' on TV, and claim later that viewers were interested!

    14 October, 2020 06:55 IST
  • The unrepeatable Dr Varkey, RIP

    He believed that a good family doctor must help his patients live well but also when their time comes, guide them in passing on with grace and dignity.

    13 October, 2020 06:29 IST
  • It's time to save our green gatekeepers

    A flashback visit to Tamil Nadu's Pichavaram mangroves reminded us of the criticality of their existence and why this green heritage needs to be preserved in our city with renewed intent, now that Maharashtra ...

    12 October, 2020 07:19 IST
  • Of Facts, EH Carr and BJP

    Is India losing its grip on reality? Considering the alternative narratives that have been obscuring 'facts' and masquerading as truth under the ruling dispensation, it would definitely seem so

    12 October, 2020 06:08 IST
  • Axe of Parasurama

    Across India, Hindutva has raised gigantic muscular images of Parasurama wielding an axe, the same axe that was used to behead both Renuka and Kartarvirya Arjuna

    11 October, 2020 06:36 IST
  • Always Halen hearty

    The beauty of this is McCready, younger than Van Halen by 14 years, represents an era where rock took a dark and foreboding turn

    11 October, 2020 04:49 IST
  • I miss your clothes

    Meetings are good for accomplishing work and conferences for the intellectual and gossip quotient. But, oh the joy of other people's clothes!

    11 October, 2020 04:45 IST

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