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Aishwaryaa on the apple box… by Shobhaa De

Aishwaryaa on the apple box… by Shobhaa De A ravishingly beautiful young woman  with fresh mehendi  drying on her palms, walked upto me at a high profile wedding in Udaipur recently, and whispered, “I am Aishwaryaa…!” It took a while to click. She wanted to take a picture . I assumed she was the bride’s  […]

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The Last Bastion of a Profitable Press by Shashi Tharoor

The Last Bastion of a Profitable Press by Shashi Tharoor NEW DELHI – Around the world, newspapers seem to be facing imminent extinction, as a mass exodus to the Internet causes their circulation to slump and their advertising revenue to collapse. But not in India. In the West, young people have largely dispensed with the […]

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Is the future of design industry collaborative? by Aparna Piramal Raje

Is the future of design industry collaborative? by Aparna Piramal Raje The emerging trend of multidisciplinary collaborations provides opportunities to innovate through unconventional means.

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Japan’s Greatest Novelist by Chandrahas Choudhury

Japan’s Greatest Novelist Junichiro Tanizaki’s “The Maids” presents a servants’-eye view of upper-class life. By Chandrahas Choudhury   Novels, like life, tend not to take much notice of maids. In most novels domestics serve only to open and close doors, make meals, or assist with the toilette of those who have attained true selfhood. At best, […]

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Lessons I have learned post 40 – The stretch that transformed perspective by Gauri Sinh

Lessons I have learned post 40 – The stretch that transformed perspective by Gauri Sinh Stepping out of one’s comfort zone, especially post 40, is no doubt stressful. But sometimes, going beyond boundaries, as my experience with Teach For India taught me, can bring mind-broadening revelations   “What’s your name,” the little girl asked me, […]

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A year of reading Adam Smith by Chandrahas Choudhury

A year of reading Adam Smith by Chandrahas Choudhury The founding father of liberal economics was also a brilliant philosopher, historian and prose stylist. After many months spent in his company, the reader learns of a very different Adam Smith from the one he thought he knew.     The flight lounge was Kuala Lumpur, […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

MUMBAI NOTEBOOK By Anil Dharker Mumbai has a weighty problem. Her name is Eman. By now, of course, everyone who keeps up with news would know about Eman Ahmed Abdulati, the Egyptian woman who was the world`s heaviest at 500 kg. In just over three months at Saifee Hospital here, she`s lost the title and […]

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Judicial Overreach by Anil Dharker

JUDICIAL OVERREACH By Anil Dharker   For the first time ever, a river has been recognised as a living entity with the same legal rights as a human being. Last month,Te Awa Tupua, New Zealand`s third largest river, and long revered as an ancestor by the local Maori tribe, was given this status. A week […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage. May 2017. by Anil Dharker When is a black actor black? And when is a black actor not black? These questions arose out of my last On Stage column which was about Mozart and Salieri, as depicted in Peter Shaffer`s play Amadeus. A friend who is a real NCPA member (‘real’ as in someone who rarely […]

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The City and the Writer: In Mumbai with Chandrahas Choudhury By Nathalie Handal

The City and the Writer: In Mumbai with Chandrahas Choudhury By Nathalie Handal If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you […]

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Britain’s Empire was a matter for pride, not guilt – as we Indians know by Zareer Masani

Britain’s Empire was a matter for pride, not guilt – as we Indians know by Zareer Masani The Queen’s 91st birthday, last Friday, was an opportunity to reflect upon her reign and to replay those famous photos of her returning in 1952 from what was then the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya to ascend the […]

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