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Asad Ali


Asad Ali

Rishi Kapoor: I got the best break in Bobby, but it all went downhill from there
Fri, May 01, 2020

Khullam Khulla- Rishi Kapoor Uncensored is one broad brushstroke of a book that will leave you guessing the full picture of Bollywood’s original loverboy. Prior to his book launch, the late Bollywood star had sat down for a chat with The Indian Express.

In their own ivory towers
Sat, Jun 01, 2019

The ascendant right liberal is as elitist and parochial as his left counterpart

The story behind Chuskit, a film about a disabled 9-year-old’s attempts to go to school
Sun, Feb 17, 2019

Filmmaker Priya Ramasubban on her debut feature film Chuskit, inspired by a true story.

Family secrets
Sat, Dec 29, 2018

Mukherjee’s debut novel, Dark Circles, explores the human frailty — the inability of the living to hold the dead to account for their faults and fallacies.

Devdutt’s Cycle: ‘When insecure men are pathetic, secure women stand up’
Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Beyond political and social explanations for #MeToo, Pattanaik offered a mythological prism to look at the movement saying, “This ‘purge’ is a cyclical thing which happens every time things go out of control. "

Extreme Survival
Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Khan, who is a doctor at AIIMS, has ensured — perhaps, to the point of a slight contrivance — that his lead characters have backgrounds that are judicious nods to the political turmoils of the day.

Out of Lhasa: The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Sixty years ago, a Tibetan guerrilla outfit enlisted the CIA’s help to fight the Chinese. The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost. The history of Tibet’s struggle for independence is intertwined with the operations of the guerrilla outfit.

Please don’t #TalkToAMuslim
Tue, Aug 07, 2018

Class privileges warp perspectives on what is empowering, and for whom.

A Kolkata cop throws light on the city’s darkest murder mysteries in his new book
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

A Certain Justice: The Kolkata Police Facebook page had been popular already, says IPS officer Supratim Sarkar, and, initially, the page updated regular crime stories in a “reader-friendly” format. But the readers wanted more.

‘I wanted to express my anguish as a minority’
Wed, Jul 04, 2018

Filmmaker Ajitpal Singh on why he chose football as the theme for his debut venture, and the uneasy question of caste and class in sports films

Things to remember: Filmmaker Saeed Mirza on his new book ‘Memory in the Age of Amnesia’
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Filmmaker Saeed Mirza on his new book 'Memory in the Age of Amnesia' and the importance of throwing shoes.

Ways of Seeing Pleasure
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Richa Kaul Padte on her new book on porn, women and women watching porn.

You Are Not the Only One: India stares at a loneliness epidemic
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

“To anyone looking at me from the outside, I seem like a fairly successful woman. I have a good job with great pay. I am in a relationship and have a bunch of close friends. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so angry or so lonely all the time.

‘The world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness’
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Dr Vivek H Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States under the Barack Obama administration, on the necessity of fostering connections at the workplace, the impact of technology on loneliness and why one doesn’t need a medical degree to address the problem.

‘Trees in new environments become invasive’
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Environmentalist Pradip Krishen on being enamoured of Pachmarhi, why trees become invasive and his distrust of forest surveys.

The best road trip movies
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Two for the Road, If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium, Wild at Heart, Thelma and Louise and Little Miss Sunshine. Which is your favourite road trip movie?

It’s the School, Stupid: In our culture freedom to choose stream of higher education is still an alien concept
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

For years now, our education system has taught enquiring minds only to chase borrowed dreams. Many students are still forced to take up subjects they have no interest in or aptitude for.

61 Indian academics on crowd-sourced list of ‘harassers’
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

A DU professor, who has been named, said: “I am deeply saddened to know that this kind of malice is being circulated on social media. This is a baseless allegation against me. I have never been involved in any such activity.”

Hope in an egg roll
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

In Bengal, cultural identity keeps communal polarisation at bay.

Manipur’s foremost transgender activist, Santa Khurai, looks back at the movement she helped shape
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Santa Khurai’s strength now is far removed from the fears that haunted her as a child growing up in a conservative family. Born in Imphal, Khurai says she always had “a sense of who I am and I never identified myself as a boy. Always as a girl.”

Paper Backers: Who Moved My Book?
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

A departure from the usual lawyer-setting, Grisham's book remains taut as ever right from the get-go: the story starts with an incredible heist at Princeton University’s Firestone Library — original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works such as The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night are stolen.

Searching for the Artist
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Pankaj Butalia’s film on Vivan Sundaram, titled In Search of the Found Object, explores the artist’s mind

Paper Backers: When You Have to Shoot 
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

The novel follows one among them, Karan, through his execution of 35 “encounters”, till the system flips a switch and turns on him.

Bloody Trail
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

The killer leaves a Swastika sign in blood at the scene of the crime — a Hindu and not a Nazi one. There are plenty of eye-roll moments.

Requiem for the African Dream
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

Jonathan Scott has lived, smelled and breathed Africa for close to two decades. The adventurer on his autobiography, his (mis)adventures with the big cats and learning a thing or two from the Maasais.