A security personnel stands next to the symbol of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during an election campaign rally in Mumbai

Have you heard about the molecular biologist inside the BJP war room?

Bhavdeep Kang - Through the last few months of furious campaigning and jittery polling, every party has made some changes in their backroom ops. Who is in charge of the horses midstream? Read on to find out.

Why I went in search of the erotica writer Mastram

Why I went in search of the erotica writer Mastram

Akhilesh Jaiswal - A filmmaker remembers the heat and thrill this mysterious Hindi writer gave sexu…

Indian Lovers Party

Inside the Technicolor Electoral Dreams of the Indian Lovers Party

Paromita Vohra - Perhaps you’ve heard about them and giggled. Perhaps you’ve read a condescending t…

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  • What's making India's Second Biggest Wine Industry Cry?
    What's making India's Second Biggest Wine Industry Cry?

    The Karnataka Wine Board is facing considerable opposition to its audacious plan to sell locally produced wine at government-run vegetable stores. But the state's wine industry has more problems than a lack of social acceptance. For one, the Europeans are coming. …

  • Why Everyone Should Go On The Malwa Kabir Yatra
    Why Everyone Should Go On The Malwa Kabir Yatra

    For the last five years people have come from around the country to join a journey celebrating Kabir in Madhya Pradesh. The traditional satsangs are joined by new and old Kabir lovers, urban and rural performers and the merely curious. A photojournalist recalls the first yatra, a journey that began a new variation of Kabirophilia. …

  • You may have heard that a 6 million ton Jindal steel plant has got clearance in Jharkhand. Here is what …
    You may have heard that a 6 million ton Jindal steel plant has got clearance in Jharkhand. Here is what …

    An eyewitness account of a farcical public hearing that wanted nothing to do with the public but just push through the big business agenda. …

  • Ever thought that an hour's exercise a day is enough? Or that lifting weights would make you look like a bodybuilder? After two incredibly successful books on nutrition, this expert has turned her attention to the science of exercise. …

  • Better Than A Palace Is My Home
    Better Than A Palace Is My Home Grist Media - Mon 17 Mar, 2014
    Better Than A Palace Is My Home

    A decade ago in northeast Mumbai, 80,000 hutments were demolished in a bid to transform 'Mumbai to Shanghai'. The dissent born then is now the powerful Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao movement active in around 35 slum colonies, involving 25,000 families. And this year Medha Patkar, the woman who spearheaded the movement, may be elected to Parliament. What does the community think of this development? …

  • Lift the Veil and Look
    Lift the Veil and Look Grist Media - Fri 14 Mar, 2014
    Lift the Veil and Look

    What happens when more than 20,000 students visit a local - and global - telescope near Pune? …

  • What You Didn't Know about Bengali Cinema's Resurgence
    What You Didn't Know about Bengali Cinema's Resurgence

    A cool new breed of filmmakers. The return of middle-class cinema. Bengali movies going abroad. Bengali actors being discovered by Bollywood. It all sounds great, but no one is talking about the precarious revenues or how this new cinema has deepened the class divide in Bengal. …