In separation, gifts are thrilling when they are unexpected, and become a way of touching each other, tokens of remembrance, or being memorised, when we are all at risk of drifting away into forgetting
But, there is much in India, and Hinduism, that is neither northern, nor Brahmanical. Take the case of Karuppu Swami for example, the dark-complexioned god, adored in rural Tamil Nadu and Kerala
Why do mobs, made of diverse people, behave like a single unit? Two yesteryear masterpieces on crowd psychology, encapsuled in a new Marathi book, bare the tools used worldwide to shape popular sentiments
If there is one kind of person everyone in India is most terrified about, it is the single woman living on her own in the city
No one gets knocked out in the IPL league stage so why dilute efforts of both teams who have worked up to a fascinating status quo, by having a Super Over?
If you're done trolling Facebook, on Facebook, can we cursorily look at the real problem?
You understand, don't you, that a breakfast as perfect and impeccable as this one is not for eating, but only to gaze at and reflect upon life?
From secret vaccine trials to all kinds of urgent action from civic gods, our sutradhars share their concerns in a pandemic-struck Bombay
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
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...
Buildings were being sealed off, patients quarantined for 14-day periods, the pandemic was well and truly entrenched
A little green smoothie (spinach-frozen banana-dates-lime juice), then hot breakfast with upma/poha/dosa and chai
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 ...
How did Bandra icons shape the cultural curve for youngsters growing up here? We count the ways
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
Being consciously tender towards ourselves and others goes a long way in correcting conditioning that forces us to give when we have nothing
Cricket followers who lap up Sanjay Manjrekar's insights into the game through his television commentary have every right to feel short-changed.
Asking the world's best-known Indian Matchmaker what she means by the 'guru mantra: adjustment and compromise'
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.
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...
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
"Oh no Lobo Lobo! Have you seen an ENT specialist? Could be wax, you know, that's hindered your hearing."
I remembered this uneasiness as the phrase 'simple family' was repeatedly bandied in responses to the ongoing televised hunt of Rhea Chakraborty
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
The everyday crow, deified during pitru paksha, offers a vital but forgotten connect with nature. Mumbai illustrators share their fascination with the black beauty
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
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
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?
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.
If the audience has accepted news for soap-opera; where does news go, once the actual soap-operas make a comeback?