- Why I went in search of the erotica writer MastramWed 23 Apr, 2014
A filmmaker remembers the heat and thrill this mysterious Hindi writer gave sexually curious boys in the 80s and 90s. But would he be able to find the man behind the heady pseudonym?
- Inside the Technicolor Electoral Dreams of the Indian Lovers PartyTue 22 Apr, 2014
Perhaps you’ve heard about them and giggled. Perhaps you’ve read a condescending tidbit about them and thought to yourself that it takes all kinds to make our elections. Is it possible, though, that this party has some of the most radical political ideas in India?
- The Storm in a PM-Sized TeacupMon 21 Apr, 2014
The frenzied arguments around Sanjaya Baru’s memoir have been conducted among people unlikely to have read more than a fraction of the book. It makes sense for the publisher – scandal sells more copies. It also makes sense for the media – hysteria is more lucrative than doing actual reporting. But what is the real reason the Congress is protesting a book that is mostly admiring of the prime minister?
- Who Will She Vote For Today?Thu 17 Apr, 2014
The Indian elections have always been an exercise in chest-hair and machismo. In this post-Nirbhaya world though, the politician knows he can’t hope to win with the same old-same old but the attempts to adapt are often not very thrilling. Our writer takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the female constituency.
- High And Dry in SrinagarWed 16 Apr, 2014
What could possibly drive addicts in the Kashmir valley to a de-addiction center run by the Jammu & Kashmir Police? And are they so different from addicts elsewhere in the country?
- How does a first-time transgender candidate campaign for the Lok Sabha?Tue 15 Apr, 2014
And what kind of reception can she expect?
- The Sins of The Fathers And Other Ways Of Winning Elections in BiharMon 14 Apr, 2014
Bihar’s Patliputra constituency has two shiny, new candidates. One is Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti. The other is Indu Bhusan, the son of Brahmeshwar Singh, the ‘Butcher of Bihar’. Bhusan says his new party has nothing to do with the Dalit-hating Ranvir Sena his father raised but both the Bhumihars and the Dalit voters know better. Our writer travels through south Bihar visiting the sites of old massacres and new, never-ending violence.
- The Fine Art of Making StoneFri 11 Apr, 2014
She's one of India's only female sculptors to have her works worshipped in temples, and her portraits of famous personalities are often on public display. Kanaka Murthy talks about her journey as a woman in a male field, her recently published memoir and how she bends the rules of traditional art.
- Jailonomics: How to Survive Inside an Indian PrisonThu 10 Apr, 2014
One day Chetan Mahajan was a regular US-returned executive with a double MBA. The next, he was in Bokaro jail in Jharkhand. Flung into a world utterly unlike his urban corporate life, his curiosity was fired. A month later when he got out, he had a new understanding of the peculiar shadow economy inside jail and how money lubricates every waking moment of a prisoner’s life.
- You Don’t Believe In Politicians. Ever Wondered What Politicians Believe In?Wed 9 Apr, 2014
Around election season? Just about everything.
- Faster, Higher, Stronger: How to Jump Parties in JharkhandTue 8 Apr, 2014
A former Maoist zonal commander. A retired head of state police. A democratic ultra-Left underdog. And an ex-MP expelled from Parliament. Their battle at the polls this week in one of India’s most ‘Naxal-infested’ constituencies encapsulates the political madness that is the method in Jharkhand.
- Is this the Politician We Keep Saying We Want?Mon 7 Apr, 2014
India’s finest investigative journalist has been smiling, bowing and asking with folded hands for votes in New Delhi. Is this an item from 2014’s list of snigger-worthy, believe-it-or-not career flips? Or is it exactly the kind of political engagement we wish our leading citizens would undertake? And can a non-career politician actually deliver?
- How the India growth story has backfired on the HIV-positiveFri 4 Apr, 2014
The millions of dollars of foreign funds pledged towards Indians with HIV-AIDS have dried up. A government directive does not allow NGOs to do anything other than tell people to be careful. Is the infrastructure that once offered succor to lakhs of HIV positive people crumbling because Indians are not interested in philanthropy?
- How I Rediscovered the Indian BodyThu 3 Apr, 2014
A massive new show of little-known art works from across India explores the various tradition of depicting the human body. Many of the masterpieces have never been publicly exhibited before, and were collected from obscure and provincial collections based on the curator Naman Ahuja’s painstaking research and field trips. Here, he recounts the most remarkable trips he took for the exhibition and his sometimes funny, sometimes unfunny encounters with the Indian bureaucracy.
- Are We at the End of Caste Politics?Wed 2 Apr, 2014
If there ever was a tradition of voting as a caste bloc, it's over. In the last decade, voters have increasingly voted on class rather than caste considerations. So why do our politicians and pundits refuse to acknowledge this?
- Is the BJP's Confidence Cracking?Tue 1 Apr, 2014
Why is the party lowering its post-poll seat tally? Is the hyped Modi wave fading? And is there truth to the conspiracy theory of a '160 Club' in the party?
- Why is there a rising machismo of the Mahadev?Mon 31 Mar, 2014
An explanation for the muscular, political Shiva.
- In Ten Days Windows XP Is Going To Betray Your TrustFri 28 Mar, 2014
If you still use and love XP, here’s what you can do.
- For Persons with Disabilities, Elections Continue to Be One Giant NightmareThu 27 Mar, 2014
Persons with disabilities comprise 15 percent of India's population and yet they struggle throughout the electoral process - from registering to vote to receiving assistance at polling booths to standing for elections. Why won't political parties cater to their interests?
- If You Too Could Be Narendra Modi, Wouldn't You Be?Wed 26 Mar, 2014
A double's guide to surreal power in the capital.
- Why Indian doctors fear for their livesTue 25 Mar, 2014
And how they are trying to cope with violent, rampaging relatives.
- So you thought you knew why your city has a water shortage and needs a new dam?Mon 24 Mar, 2014
Experts estimate that 20 to 50 percent of water pumped into the water supply system is ‘lost’ due to unexpected reasons such as leakage.
- What's making India's Second Biggest Wine Industry Cry?Fri 21 Mar, 2014
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 YatraThu 20 Mar, 2014
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.