Monday, Dec 05, 2022


V.S. Naipaul And The Hindu Gangsters Of Bombay

V.S. Naipaul And The Hindu Gangsters Of Bombay

13 August, 2014 Ajith Pillai

'He had concluded, or had been told, that the mafia in the city was made up of Muslims and Muslims alone... Mr Naipaul kept thinking I had brought him to meet a Muslim gang'



05 August, 2014 Noam Chomsky

Almost every day brings news of awful crimes, but some are so heinous, so horrendous and malicious, that they dwarf all else

Writing And Being

Text of the 1991 Nobel lecture by the first South African and the seventh woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

That 3:30 AM Feeling

That 3:30 AM Feeling

27 June, 2014 Keshava Guha

The World Cup remains the only time where football transcends the affluent, urban demographic that follow the European leagues in India.

Interview With A Defeated Leader

This satirical essay was written in 1969 but still feels fresh and relevant today.

13 June, 2014

The Ghosts Of Khushwant Singh's Delhi

Amitabha Bagchi

We are answerable for having let our religious identities drive us to killing each other. Khushwant Singh has shown us some of our handiwork in Delhi.

10 June, 2014

'A Communicator Of Ideas'

Hamid Ansari

That's how Khwaja Ahmad Abbas described himself. Who was he? Why was he what he was? What social and ideological impulses motivated him? Why is his vision of continuing relevance?

09 June, 2014

'The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball'

Eduardo Galeano

A reporter once asked German theologian Dorothee Sölle, “How would you explain happiness to a child?”“I wouldn’t explain it,” she answered. “I’d toss him a ball and let him play.”

16 April, 2014

'CBI Is Often Called DDT: Department Of Dirty Tricks'

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Thus spake the former West Bengal governor, who stunned his hosts, the CBI, and dubbed Reliance as "a parallel State".

13 March, 2014

The Buttocks Of Naked Women...

Sajan Venniyoor

...and further meditations on sacred art

18 February, 2014

Untangling The Knot

Jakob De Roover

The many strands entangled in l' affaire Doniger involve issues that are too important to be left to the predictable and somewhat stale rhetoric about Hindutva fanatics or lamenting the role of the Indian government and judiciary


10 February, 2014

'The Man Who Gets Things Done'

Ramachandra Guha

Khushwant Singh has just entered his 100th year. Time to recall an essay detailing why he once extolled Sanjay Gandhi, just the way a brash, bullying politician is currently being saluted

04 December, 2013

'Popular Stereotyping'

Sharmila Tagore

Time and again, our films underline the supremacy of man. Modernity is reduced to a matter of packaging. A modern woman is defined by her westernized attire. She looks modern but when it comes to making informed choices, she chooses the conventional.

18 November, 2013

Perception And Practice

Anil Kumble

'Sachin and I played 122 Test matches together; I never threatened his place in the team as a batsman. But I can tell you he sometimes threatened mine as a bowler— he was such a natural as a leg spinner!'

14 November, 2013

'The Law Must Intervene'

Rahul Dravid

'It is now time for legal reform and the turn of national and state legislators and the criminal law administration to intervene definitively'

06 November, 2013

Place Of Birth/Place Of Death

Amitava Kumar

To return to Patna is to find the challenging thought of death, like the tip of a knife, pressing against my rib.

04 October, 2013

Vivekananda In Nirvana Land

Vinay Lal

The Story of a Phenomenon: As India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the indelible place of his sojourns in the United States in giving shape to the mythographies that have developed around his life becomes all too apparen


30 August, 2013

Crediting Poetry

Seamus Heaney

The Irish poet, who died today, gave an extraordinary insight into his work when he delivered the Nobel Lecture after being awarded the Prize for Literature in 1995

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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‘Laab’ In The Mountains

He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.

Graphic Novel

Play Us A Memory, Violin Man

They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.

Chinki Sinha
Play Us A Memory, Violin Man


It’s Just Numbers, Love

Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.

Rukmini S.
It’s Just Numbers, Love