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Literary Wars

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.

Ek Tha Tiger

Parsing the raging controversy unleashed by Girish Karnad’s broadsides against V.S. Naipaul and the revered Gurudev.

Bewitching Allure of Home

Returning NRIs are quickly realizing that the nostalgia of the past seldom withstands the harsh realities of an extended stay.

The Dumbos of Bollywood

Is Bollywood dumb, lazy or plain indifferent to physical or psychological differences and uses them as a convenient soft target for laughs or tears?

Till Marriage Do Us Part

Happy everafter in holy matrimony, maybe. But sexy starlets divorce their fans when they hitch up.

Why America is Losing the Race for Talent

"Brain drain is a European phenomenon. It’s an Indian phenomenon. It’s a Chinese phenomenon. It’s not an American thing. We don’t have brain drain in America."

Predators Abroad

India Inc. eyes targets abroad.

Identity, Architecture, Modernity

Modernity as a concept is not something that should be, or is, exclusively generated in the West, but is also a product of time and place. Why should modernity be exclusively restricted to the standards used in the West?

Bollywood Comes of Age

Suddenly the traditional boy-meets-girl formula, accompanied by the attendant melodramatic hi-jinx, has given way to some semblance of realism in subject, story-telling and performance.

Crime & Punishment

Incarceration is always painful and it penalizes not just criminals — both white collar and “hardened types” — but equally innocent members of their families. But all this hand-wringing by those sympathetic to Gupta glosses over the enormous iniquities inherent in the U.S. justice system on a daily basis.

The New Indentured Laborers

Behind the glitz and glamour of opulent malls, glamorous hotels and ornate promenades in the Middle East is a gritty world of South Asian migrant laborers, who toil in near-slavery conditions.

Mofussil India Sizzles

Are these films really the new cinema, worthy of the hype and celebration and the new directors really the new stars and trail-blazers offering pulsating, exciting, no-holds-barred, creative chutzpah that separates the real from the fluff?

Kushti

Traditional Indian wrestling isn’t just a sport — it’s an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow a strict regimen on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits.

Restaurant Sites Target Scale

“Indians are a lazy bunch,” laughs Goyal. “So we wanted to create something very close to their physical world. While menupages.com has menus in [a] standardized format, we scanned the actual menu cards and then put them up.”

How About a National Dumb Day?

We live in a cool, informal and let-it-all-hang-out-environment. Nothing is sacrosanct and irreverence towards buttoned-down conventions and established norms is the new popular mantra.

Booming Fake Art

Fake works of masters have often been known to put international auction houses on the backfoot.

Ghost Walls Speak

How did archaeologists trace the ghost walls, which curiously is an archaeological term?

Feasting All Night Long

Come dusk and the winding lanes of the Jama Masjid area come alive with the sights and sounds — and smells — of celebrations. Of chicken tikkas sizzling, mutton kebabs roasting over blazing fires, giant woks of puris and massive cauldrons of curries, biryanis, steaming milk, etc.

Far Away Home

Gurmale Singh Grewal's third generation family-owned Singh Developments has become one of the largest Indian real estate empires in the United States.

Return of India's Prodigal Daughters

What of the prodigal daughters? Why must I hum and dawdle when my mother urges me to come home? Why does the promise of better jobs and being closer to my family not have me packing my bags now?

Keeping Marathi Alive in Jerusalem

The job of preserving the Marathi language and culture is left to the old.

Moving to a Digital Future

“When we launched Smartclass in 2004 as the first-ever digital classroom program, it was an uphill task convincing schools to adopt it. These schools had not witnessed any change in a century.... It is a completely different scenario now. Private schools across India today see (technology) as an imperative. A digital classroom is set to become the bare-minimum teaching accessory in schools, just like a blackboard is today.”

The Higgs Boson Manifesto

At a deeper level, the real issue at stake in the debate over the “God Particle” is a choice between two different worldviews.

Glocal

Delhi’s street vendors serve as global marketing model.

Let's Talk About Dating

“Firstly, I shall ask him to think over the matter very seriously before taking a final decision, talk to him about the possible consequences of such a marriage, giving examples of cases which we both (parents) know about. If I see that he is still convinced about it, I’ll support him.”

Dubai’s Grand Gurdwara

Gurunanak Darbar is a heady mix of spirituality, tradition, modernity, opulence and the determination of a man.

Hold the Shloka

World’s only Sanskrit daily holds out against the odds.

Globalizing the Indian Diet

The 21st century Indian professional is a global citizen. Well read, well travelled and yes, well fed! She knows her blue cheese from a feta, pita bread from a naan, dim sum from a momo. These up-worldly mobile Indians do not shy away from asking for New World Wines with specific harvesting years nor are they insensitive to subtle flavors like truffle oil, asparagus foam or recognizing the robust overtones of a genuine Thai bird eye chilli and galangal.

Gurdwaras Go Hi Tech

From translation screens to air conditioning,gurdwaras are embracing technology.

No Place to Die

“The problem is reaching an alarming level. Unless the government intervenes and provides land for new burial grounds the issue can’t be solved.”

Mehdi Hasan

A tribute to the greatest gazal singer of our time.

Serial Blasts Rock Oxford of the East

Of the 40,000 international students pursuing education in India, nearly half are studying in colleges in Pune.

Indian Designer Baby Factory

“Earlier it was a form of colonization, but now studies show the numbers are divided equally — 50 percent of surrogate babies are born to rich Indian parents and 50 percent to foreigners by Indian surrogates.”

The Last Indian Village

Chitkul enjoys the distinction of being the last inhabited Indian village along the border.

Branding a Homemade Indian Staple

Global Yogurt Franchises Attempt to Brand a Homemade Indian Staple

Lone Gray Wolf: Black & White’s Last Stand

The scene is a sidewalk just beyond the rather overdone Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, and the camera in question is less instrument, more living fossil — built by the Carl Zeiss company in 1860, it is nearly three times as old as independent India.

Are Writers Performers

In a world awash with new tools for communication and engagement, the symbolism, mystique and magic of anonymity, however seductive, is losing ground to new anthems celebrating the spirit of contact, connection and interaction.

Is the Sheen Rubbing Off The National Film Awards

“The National Awards, sadly, are no longer what they used to be, with the favoritism, regionalism,politics and quid-pro-quo rampant. However, compared to the scores of others they are still streets ahead.

Stars Vs Actors

Actors are famously more admired than hired.Stars are famous for being famous.

Shahtoosh: Reviving a Dying Art

Can the shahtoosh industry, banned in India, be revived again by rearing the delicate Chiru antelopes in farms and obtaining their prized fur without killing the animals?

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