"From mastering an instrument, we ourselves became instruments of something that possessed us."
With uncharacteristic belligerence, the playwright-actor Girish Karnad exposes the clay feet of two global icons in literature — Nobel laureates Rabindranath Tagore and V.S.Naipaul. Is his outburst justified.
The star wrestler-actor Dara Singh embodied all that Indian-style clarified butter or “desi ghee” stands for — not least its potential for good honest home-grown strength and tenacity.
As a bemused India watches the alleged shenanigans of a ruling-party lawyer-turned-politician who has finally quit public office, a fellow lawyer finds that Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s resignation statement hides more than it reveals, and that it has unwittingly triggered a timely debate on privacy issues in the era of YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter.
A fan and critic bids farewell to the most enduring — and handsome — of Bollywood’s romantic legends.
A writ petition against the Jain practice of fasting-unto-death could finally force the Indian judiciary’s hand on the legality of religious suicides.
That’s how US President Barack Obama greeted the Indian Parliament on his recent trip, part of the cute exotica that all but turned Mumbai city upside down.
Montblanc’s marketing honchos have transported the Mahatma to a new level of corporate iconography
The NRI wonder-boy with the golden touch ultimately fell victim to the most basic of human weaknesses.
The consternation over M.F. Husain’s acceptance of Qatari citizenship has rekindled debate on artistic freedom and responsibility in India.
The tug-of-war between the country’s bureaucracy and its judiciary over the rights of overseas Indians to represent India in international tournaments.
Is it time to do away with the controversial awards?
The furor over the IPL’s exclusion of Pakistani cricket players.
An unusually pointed and forthright - and not entirely off-the-cuff - remark from the Little Master caused a near-riot and considerable heartburn in Mumbai's political circles.
A leaked secret dossier from the Indian cricket team’s conditioning staff prescribes good sex as a pre-requisite to good performance on the field. Any takers?
Why America’s political thinkers and their ideas don’t travel very well.
A trio of recent decisions from the country’s higher courts puts a nagging question-mark on the “progressive” reputation that its judiciary has acquired with the Delhi High Court’s July judgment decriminalizing gay sex.
As defending champions India fall early in this year’s T20-cricket tournament, questions and accusations fly thick and fast.
An Indian American’s take on the Michael Jackson phenomenon that swept America — and the world at large — off its feet for more than a decade.
An intimate, anecdotal look at the life and times of India’s most controversial woman writer.