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  • Biodiesel

    Gasoline Will Be Free

    Political will is one thing, social will another, but economics is what really drives the system, isn’t it?
  • Swadeshi

    Swabhimaan Gone Wrong

    There is a need to reclaim notions like Swadeshi and Swabhimaan from jingoists and rid them of their unnecessary historical baggage.
  • The noble lungi

    The Case for the Lungi (and Against Pants)

    Nothing epitomises ‘casual’ more than a free-flowing lungi.
  • Illustration by Nirupa Roy

    Sex, Stories, and Power Trips

    We are being told a story; one that elevates downright misogyny to the revered status of Indian Culture.
  • Man of Steel

    A God to Them

    In Man of Steel, by shifting the focus to the essential human conflicts faced by Superman, Zack Snyder automatically draws viewers closer to the superhero.
  • Shrunken Heads

    The Tourism of Grief

    Dark tourism—travelling to places associated with death, pain, and suffering—is the dirty little secret of the tourism industry.
  • Kama Sutra

    Kama Sutra Lost

    My mom has thrown away my Kama Sutra book. At least that is what I think happened to it.
  • The Power of Pie

    The Power of Pie

    Do we love the idea of cooking more than the act of cooking itself?
  • Photograph by Jaideep Unudurti.

    Northern Lights

    “Welcome to Sweden, you lunatic,” says Karl. I’ve just landed in Stockholm, where the temperature is a bracing -19 degrees Celsius.
  • Sacred Cows, Indispensable Women

    Sacred Cows, Indispensable Women

    Even in a country as inherently classist as India, a lower class man has far more power than an upper class woman.
  • Cigars in Cuba

    Rolling Cigars in Havana

    A cigar festival is held in Havana every year and cigar tasting tours, as well as tours to nearby tobacco plantations, are extremely popular.
  • Nandita Das's Between the Lines

    Play a Little Harder to Get, Playwrights

    While Between the Lines tackles the gender divide in the context of a married, well-to-do couple, Class of ’84 flirts briefly with homophobia.

The Tap #19

By Ramya Sriram