• Where's Eidi, Mr Prime Minister?

    Ramzan Eid 2020 will always be remembered for an inexplicable pandemic, the abject helplessness of the marginalised, a gratuitous citizenship law, yet also for how charity helped change the world

    May 25, 2020, 06:47 IST
  • Virus multiplies, so does Maharashtra's politics

    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray indicates politics over COVID-19, supposedly involving the BJP, has multiplied in the state even as united Opposition prepares to attack Modi government

    May 25, 2020, 06:05 IST
  • Sing a song of Bombay, hope is running dry

    Hard-hitting multilingual lyrics reflect the city's encounters with gritty reality, battling terror, floods and now, the panic of pandemic

    May 24, 2020, 07:12 IST
  • Anxious about sex

    The anxiety about sex on screen is not really new. The anxiety about the body as sexual, as something that desires sex, usually comes with the moral baggage of those who want to control, well, everything

    May 24, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • Lockdown films

    Kalboisakhi, the unseasonal thundershowers in April in the East, is the only protagonist you see in the film; the human players are only voices on the phone. But more on it anon

    May 24, 2020, 07:00 IST



  • Lobo Lobo, hydroxychloroquine and the hand jive

    "Aatmanirbhar, means self-reliance. Look, Lobo Lobo, did you come over to only complain about long words?"

    May 24, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • Did the Harappan know to write?

    Some even argue that they are an ancient Vedic script, even though Vedic hymns emerged 500 years after the Harappan cities collapsed, based on rather robust archaeological, linguistic and now genetic evidence

    May 24, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • The music in my head

    Millions of us turn to specific sounds in times of crisis because of how they soothe and help us cope in inexplicable ways

    May 23, 2020, 04:24 IST
  • Reducing a people to a statistic

    While India directs all its might towards winning the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, those considered by the urban elite as outsiders are being preyed upon by hunger on the road

    May 22, 2020, 04:26 IST
  • Coming soon: Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar's silver wedding!

    Long partnerships were never rare for Sachin. This one - a 25-year marriage association with Anjali - is as special as they come

    May 21, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • Let's not get OTT over cinemas

    Such a thing as karma, and that's what's come to bite multiplexes, in the form of the unfortunate Coronavirus, that's it

    May 20, 2020, 04:43 IST
  • Importance of density in daily life

    So human social distancing saves lives. But lack of animal social distancing is what helped create the coronavirus in the first place

    May 19, 2020, 06:36 IST
  • A walkthrough by any other name

    International Museum Day 2020 might be remembered for the way in which it rewrote the roadmap for how we will possibly view and explore the interiors of these treasure houses

    May 18, 2020, 07:37 IST
  • Without a voice, are our cops left to die as unsung heroes?

    The morale of the force is at an all-time low; the senior officers on the field are contemplating early retirement

    May 18, 2020, 07:15 IST


  • Conquering the enemy in the kitchen

    For most women who have sub-contracted everyday cooking, as a lifestyle choice, the lockdown presents a changed social context. Here is how the daily meal became my compulsory laboratory

    May 17, 2020, 07:37 IST
  • 60 days of solitude

    Ok, so it was a hurried WhatsApp message. The 'Dear all' suggested that this was a joint message, ending with 'we're closing down operations, so we wish you blah blah...'

    May 17, 2020, 07:10 IST
  • DDLJ circa 1959

    There are charming anecdotes, such as when Asha went to see Mughal-e-Azam, when Sunil was just 40 days old. The movie was so long, she went twice: till the interval the first time, and post-interval the secon...

    May 17, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • A little relief

    They are collecting sanitary napkin kits, providing boiled eggs and rotis to the walking workers, starting community farms, supporting artists or sex-workers

    May 17, 2020, 06:59 IST
  • Quran and Hadith

    After many wars and treaties, he eventually came back triumphant to Mecca after 10 years. He purged the city of all idols and alternate forms of worship and established the Islamic faith

    May 17, 2020, 06:55 IST
  • Who will speak for journalists?

    We live in a time when people speaking truth to power are an endangered species, and it doesn't seem to bother us

    May 16, 2020, 04:23 IST
  • To those who enrich my household

    Amid the most unusual and the last May in my Delhi home, I am taking the time to savour countless, small, oft-forgotten exchanges

    May 15, 2020, 04:26 IST
  • It's fine to take it personally!

    The Coronavirus-caused lockdown is providing fans an opportunity to soak in rarely-touched upon personal details of cricketers, something that intimate interviews provided in the 1980s and 1990s

    May 14, 2020, 07:00 IST
  • Don't worry, Bihari (no, really?)

    In more ways than one, Bihar has been to India, what India has been to West; and that could be a good thing

    May 13, 2020, 06:50 IST
  • Anyone seen the New Normal yet?

    We keep hearing that the world will never be the same again. Yet half the world seems to believe the 'good old days' will be back soon

    May 12, 2020, 06:50 IST
  • This is Bombay meri jaan!

    Our fave sutradhars reconnect after ages amidst the lockdown and discuss how the city will survive this Herculean challenge

    May 11, 2020, 09:27 IST
  • Congress asks for more, chief minister says, 'forget it'

    Uddhav Thackeray gets BJP to remove hurdles in his becoming an MLC, but before making it to the upper house unopposed, he shuts down state Congress leaders' demand for a better deal

    May 11, 2020, 07:06 IST
  • Who's afraid of the Pulitzer?

    Much to the ire of hardliners, award-winning photos of life in Kashmir, both pre- and post-August 5, 2019, give a searing commentary on life there and shatter the facade of 'normalcy'

    May 11, 2020, 06:55 IST
  • Lobo Lobo and the lockdown

    'And risky! Anyway. How are things generally? You've lost weight, what's wrong?' I asked.

    May 10, 2020, 07:45 IST
  • Accented Pleasures

    My favourite sketches are of Pyaari Bakri and Gopal the Goat, featuring Cow-shik the Cow. They are full of appallingly excellent puns like "why you are looking like rogan, no josh?"

    May 10, 2020, 07:30 IST
  • The runaways

    Bolting from their village homes to build better lives, plucky young boys landed in Bombay with no more than a coin rattling in ragged pockets. Years of slog later, they contributed considerably as entrepreneu...

    May 10, 2020, 07:28 IST

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