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The Fading Cultures of India

The steady dhadak-dhadak of the moving train, the crisp Indian air making its way through the open window as we lay on our cots, and the ambiance from the dim red, blue, and green lights that clung to the ceilings made for a perfect trip with sound sleep every time.

Three Queers For India’s Judiciary

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.

Getting Past the Licks

Upwardly mobile resident Indians, who once eyed their non resident competition with a mix of envy and resentment, have traded the envy for snickering contempt.

Like Money For Chocolate

My aunt didn’t marry the man — some insignificant matter about him having no hair — and I was understandably crushed.

Spreading Pain

It is hard to empathize with an out-of-work, $80,000-a-year techie tossed out on the manicured lawns of his half-million-dollar estate in New Jersey

Love Marriage

We did not separate despite numerous problems, as ours was not a “love-marriage.”

Unfit To Print

The Times conspired with scores of other news organizations that knew about the kidnappings on a news blackout for seven months.

Time for Immigration Reform

With the country facing serious competition from workers abroad, it's more important than ever to create a world-class immigration system.

Fooling Me Thrice

If Manmohan Singh’s election victory seems like a landslide, it is only because the media were so wide off the mark

The Mystery Of Prabhakaran’s Death

A large part of the blame for the cloud of uncertainty over the LTTE supremo’s death lies at the door of a furtive, double-talking Sri Lankan government

Chai With Your Pina Colada?

Quite unwittingly, I am living my own version of bipolar disorder.

Reclaiming My Roots

I’m wearing my Indianness again like a rediscovered favorite piece of clothing

The Small Town World Of Facebook

Facebook brings out the Indian ‘kaki’ in me

Prosecute Bush and Cheney for War Crimes

If, as seems likely, the trail leads to former Pres. George W Bush and former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, they should be indicted and tried for war crimes.

Fasten Your Seat Belts, Folks

Even in the rosiest scenario we are staring at a two-year long recession, with the worst yet to come. Equally easily, we could tip into a severe depression

Calling All Obama Dawg Millionaires

What does Barack Obama and Slumdog Millionaire have in common?

United Socialist Republic Of America

The global capitalist system is on its knees, as irretrievably down as the Soviet Empire was two decades earlier.

The New Socialists

No hammer and sickle flags may flutter on poles and no busts of Marx and Lenin may be erected in our public squares, but we are rapidly embracing the Marxist ideals of social equality

Slime Fest

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrating overseas Indians worldwide has become a boondoggle and a self-aggrandizing jamboree for the politically connected.

Turning the Other Cheek

Our Mumbai columnist ponders on the wages of inaction against yet another terrorist attack on India's most vibrant city.

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