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Signs of the times: Come October

Humra  Quraishi remembers classical singer Begum Akhtar, also known as Akhtari Bai and we...

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Shahryar and those sharks

 “As I stood there, I could see Shahryar walking around. And even as I kept calling out to him, he didn’t respond. Perhaps, di...

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A Muslim in Bollywood

The mainstream Hindi film industry’s template for the community reflects ideological and political shifts in contemporary India.

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In the Eye of a Storm

Three Pines is the magical village Canadian writer Louis Penny has created as a setting for her novels featuring the cop Armand Gamache. Her be...

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Lights Still On: Portrait of a 70-year-old Photo Studio where once Bollywood’s Legendary Stars Shone Bright

 The incalculable number of photographs – running into crores – of vintage Hindi cinema’...

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Sharp Satire

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing may be regarded as misfortune. To lose both can be regarded as more lik...

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Ludo Mania On Cell Phones For The Common Man

Ludo mania has swept Mumbai and is spreading to the small towns of northern India, mainly Bihar, U.P. and Jharkhand.

The unusual asp...

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Open Letter To Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: This Ad You Figure In Is Insidiously Racist

We write to draw your attention to a full-page advertisement for Kalyan Jewellers in which you feature that appeared in The Hindu (Delhi edition) on April 17, 2015. In the ...

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NOW ART FITS TO COLUMNS OF EXCEL SHEETS!

In the last week I happened to spend an evening with relatives who were visiting Mumbai from Jammu; my hometown and the place I took birth in. It’s a no-brainer that ...

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A Muslim in Bollywood

The mainstream Hindi film industry’s template for the community reflects ideological and political shifts in contemporary India.

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