Features

Do or Die?

People who swear by fancy-sounding diets would do better to promote the love of good food than make debatable claims.

Rasmai Ya Ramgarh?

Spending some time with a villager almost always assures one that change is the only constant we all look forward to.

Fire and Ice

If you are a cynical traveller, driven by the urge to seek something different, then Iceland provides just the right kind of kick.

Words for a Silent Space

Male Justice has marched on undaunted, and mutated into more potent and prurient forms.

Game On?

Expectations, they say, kill an idea. And after reading Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, I agree vehemently.

A Bit of Jeeves and Wooster

Everyone has their own perfect Jeeves and Wooster, but I can’t see anyone other than Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in those roles.

Reporting Rape

That a woman is raped every few minutes in the country is more than just a statistic for us crime reporters. It is our bread and butter.

The Chaatwalla

Just like an alcoholic’s tragic relationship with his seedy madhushala, my lonely nights had come to be punctuated by sub-standard meals at Kolkata U.P. Chats and Paratha Center.

The Tea Party (Part 2)

This decade has rendered us incapable of facing a gathering on a Sunday without a cocktail or three.

The Virtue of Visibility

As a woman, you are never entirely independent and detached; everyone has a stake in keeping your freedom in check. And they will never let you forget that.

Hiking Up Hipti

Seven households, one school, and one tiny gompa (monastery) make up Hipti, a small village in Ladakh.

The Haircutwalla

Scissors snip menacingly, the naked razor blade wanders tantalisingly close to my ear, and cheap talcum powder is generously applied all over my neck.