Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Full Coverage : EYE 2014

Leila Seth’s new book talks of the need for speedy justice
November 23, 2014

Justice Leila Seth’s new collection of essays gently reminds that urgency was not a stranger to the UPA.

Who was Irom Sharmila: A look at the life she has lost, and memories that sustain her

Who was Irom Sharmila before her extraordinary protest against the AFSPA took over her existence? As her fast enters its 15th year, a look at the life she has lost, and the memories that sustain her.

Duck Tales 1: About the ‘dabbler’ ducks who visit India every year at this time

In a two-part series, a ready reckoner of the ‘dabbler’ ducks who come calling every year around this time.

Picture this: What is the big deal about kissing in public?

As the famous song in Casablanca goes, a kiss is just a kiss, so what is the big deal about kissing in public?

What would be the animal qualities humans would like to have?
November 16, 2014

To have the acceleration of a cheetah would be great, but only if coupled with the stamina of wolves, so you can keep up that pace all day.

I want to look at the big things that exist in the micro-moments: Ben Okri

Nigerian writer Ben Okri talks about returning to fiction with The Age of Magic, the influence of African mythology in his writing and a lot more.

Heartbreak Hotel: A museum in Zagreb displays tokens of failed relationships

A museum in Zagreb displays tokens of failed relationships and stories of love and hurt.

New WhatsApp feature changes the way we participated in a conversation

The new WhatsApp feature confirms our participation in a conversation that we would rather avoid.

Children’s Day: A letter from a writer to her readers
November 9, 2014

I have a confession to make. As a child, I was not a reader. Picking up a book for “fun” was like hitting the pause button on life.

Children’s Day: A letter from a mother to her son

Every day, my day begins at six with a cup of tea that I make for myself. Whenever you are in town, I go back to stare at your face.

Children’s Day: A letter from a single mother to her daughter

Life is moving so fast. It was just a little over a decade ago. I was sad and alone, and I prayed for a blessing and found you in my arms!

Children’s Day: A letter from a cricketer to his children

I’ve chosen to be a little formal as I want to talk about life and its challenges on this Children’s Day.

Children’s Day: A letter from a theatre personality to her son

I write this letter to you in the hope that one day you shall grow up to know and love India, this vast country we call home.

Children’s Day: A letter from a construction worker to her daughter

I still remember the day when you were born — not the exact date though — it was Ram Navami. We have celebrated seven Ram Navamis since.

Children’s Day: A letter from poet Gulzar to daughter Meghna

You have already broken the record of your father’s qualification. Congratulations! You are on a plateau now. You can look at all the horizons and beyond them, from here.

Children’s Day: A letter from a property agent to his daughter

The day you were born, we began dreaming of an education for you. But there was a shadow of fear.

Children’s Day: A letter from a cartoonist to his daughter

A letter from a cartoonist to his daughter…

13 letters every parent, every child should read on Children’s Day

Ahead of Children’s Day, in the spirit of Jawaharlal Nehru’s letters to his daughter, we asked artists as well as ordinary people to write to their children — about their hopes for their sons and daughters, and their dream for the country. From a theatre personality to her son ‘Look at India through a traveller’s […]

Children’s Day: A letter from a musician to her son

Writing to you in November with the fan whirring above my head. Sheetkaal kakhon ashbe Suparna?

Children’s Day: A letter from a Poet to his daughter

I am writing this letter to you not exactly from a prison as Jawaharlal Nehru did when he wrote his letters on world history to his daughter.

Children’s Day: A letter from a teacher to her son

I never thought I would be talking to you about stuff like this in an open letter, that too in a national daily, but, maybe, it’s best this way.

Between the Posts
November 2, 2014

How hoax websites can help deliver news in times of conflict.

Breaking back: Sania Mirza gets through it all

She is the best thing to have happened in women’s tennis in India, yet her game has never found the recognition it deserves.

Down in Jungleland, timing is everything

Why birdwatching at Sultanpur National Park in Haryana will never be the same.

An equal music: Bhuvanesh Komkali is aware of the legacy he has inherited

Bhuvanesh Komkali on living up to the legacy of his grandfather Kumar Gandharva and where it is taking him.

Black money: The word this week

Starting this issue, a snappy take on a word, concept or news that has been the talk of the town.

Artist Ramachandran sees nature as intrinsic to human existence

A Ramachandran, 80, is known primarily for his massive mural-like oil paintings.

To Market, To Market: Mapping the landscape of a Goan flower market
October 26, 2014

What drew India’s first graphic novelist, Orijit Sen, to the bustling Mapusa market in north Goa?

Given up for adoption at birth, a young woman reclaims her life

She was given up for adoption at birth. At 20, she stopped being a misfit in a white man’s land and decided to find her way back home. An Indian woman writes about reclaiming her life.

Why wetlands are not as sinister as they appear to be

Sit at the edge of a wetland and watch: right ahead of you dragonflies dart at each other as they sort out territorial airspaces or zither around in honeymooning daisy-chains.

Stacking the Odds: When was the last time the bookies got the Nobel right?

The last time the bookies got the Nobel right was in 2006 when Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk won.

Black river, buried treasure: How river Yamuna provides livelihood to people
October 19, 2014

To those who brave the dark waters of the Yamuna, the river rewards them with a livelihood.

Nurture my tongue: A linguist’s quest to preserve an endangered language

The urgency of this vanishing language was not lost on Dr Shailendra Mohan, associate professor in Austro-Asiatic linguistics at Pune’s Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute.

Look beyond the stars: Why one should not go strictly by review ratings
October 12, 2014

Because the stars, those pernicious little things twinkling away above the review where your eye can see them even before you’ve gotten started on the first line, do not tell you everything.

Security doesn’t come with gates, it comes from relationships: BV Doshi

Pioneering architect BV Doshi on making connections between people and buildings and how ancient cities shape his work.

The sky’s my playground: Watching a parakeet court his lady
October 5, 2014

The ancient Romans were so impressed by the birds’ domed foreheads — that bespoke great intellect — that they cut them off and ate them, hoping to imbibe some of the birds’ wisdom.