India's Finance Minister Jaitley gestures during the session 'India's Next Decade' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos

What I Learned by Reading Every Budget Speech Since India got Independence

Deepak Shenoy - In 68 years, Budget speeches have provided an idiosyncratic, potted history of the country. And no aspect of the Budget has been more fascinating than that of income tax. From socialist Strict …

"black & yellow!" by Rajarshi Mitra via flickr/CC BY 2.0.

Why Your Car is a Chemistry Lab on Wheels

Chris Woodford - What makes cars one of the most successful inventions of all time? The answer lies…

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Which Players Will We Remember from this World Cup?

Suhrith Parthasarathy - Even in this age of globalized sport, multiple new formats and around-the-c…

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    The Pure Desi Ghee of Poonam Pandey’s Popularity

    Poonam Pandey explains her selfie-made success and how she mastered the art of her now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t appeal. …

  • How I Played Myself for Three Years
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    How I Played Myself for Three Years



    When filmmaker and artist Reshma Pritam Singh first started photographing herself, she hadn’t yet heard of the term ‘selfie’. She began taking these pictures to come to terms with turning 40, grappling with feeling that she hadn’t achieved anything noteworthy so far, and having omitted to ask her younger self that universal question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Over the last three years, she has compulsively created hundreds of images of herself, mostly on her phone and …

  • Grease
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    Grease

    Love in the time of hockey sticks. A short story. …

  • Chandni Raatein / Moonstruck
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    Chandni Raatein / Moonstruck

    Dance bar girls. They wax. They wane. They shine forever. A true story, spangled with some fiction. …

  • In a Traditional Relationship With Shiny Surfaces
    In a Traditional Relationship With Shiny Surfaces

    Yes, we love looking at ourselves. But we always have. From Vishnu to Narcissus, from Zeenat Aman to Edward Cullen, our writer takes a celestial tour of heavenly bodies and their slippery reflections. …

  • Why I Like Leaning In. Way In. Into My All-Girls’ Hostel
    Why I Like Leaning In. Way In. Into My All-Girls’ Hostel

    Is a women’s hostel a utopia or dystopia, or is it even better – a place to ignore the boring universe of men? Our writer reluctantly joined a hostel, only to fall in love with the wheels within wheels, the worlds within worlds she found – a sakhi sammelan, Renaissance Florence, a sandcastle and a place to play academic Thelma & Louise. …

  • Why did the Congress & the Left Crumble in 2014?
    Why did the Congress & the Left Crumble in 2014?

    This year, the collapse of the Congress and the liberal left was even more spectacular than the rise of the BJP and the political right. Neither the Congress nor the liberal left has really understood the challenge facing them or how to fight it. How did this happen and what can we expect next year? …