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Could it be the ultimate unknowable?
These were stories of homecoming, by a writer who was uneasy in his ancestral home. Such uneasiness about one’s cultural moorings may be seen as an act of assertion, of the need for the writer’s identity to be rooted only in the self.
An arrest of a Bangladeshi photographer and a newsroom response to Israeli airstrikes
Did a cartridge made of cow and pig fat really spark the 1857 Revolt? Even contemporary accounts of the events of 1857 report this as a rumour, and some speculate that it was circulated by the wily gentlemen of Awadh.
The drama over National Register of Citizens in Assam takes centre stage on television while M Karunanidhi’s illness throws open questions about privacy
Of Mehul Choksi’s travel itinerary and the sultan of swing who’s set to be Pakistan’s next prime minister
In India, we seem unaware that we’re living out the youngest period of the Geologic Time Scale — the Meghalayan Age.
But political parties in the Lok Sabha enter the House camera-ready, and how the Donald is in a Russian roulette.
Indian television’s interest in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in the Chiang Rai cave picked up slowly but breathlessly.
How a British bureaucrat breathed new life to the old tale of Malik Muhammad Jaisi’s Padmavati. A spate of prose retellings of the metrical epic on the Rajput queen followed on the heels of the controversy.
The origin of a doctored video that spread fear of child-lifters in India, and why POTUS needs a dictionary.
Upamanyu Chatterjee returns with a murder mystery that is both an exploration of food politics and a backstory to his first novel
Trump was responding to De Niro’s reprise of his famous role in Raging Bull at the Tony awards. Before introducing the nominees, he had said: “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump’, it’s ‘(expletive deleted by editor) Trump’.”
Asia’s first journalist was also the first champion of press freedom. A fine retelling of the story of James Augustus Hicky attempts, yet again, to rehabilitate the “scurrilous, wild Irishman”
Drones are being trained to control violent crowds and how a former Indian president did the Right thing
Of rescuers who risk it all, stings that bite and Elon Musk’s intriguing attack on the media
Has the octopus evolved from alien life? The tentacles of the panspermia theory still entangles the scientific community.
Opposition alliance, or the lack of it, is potent fuel for television, and why attempts to end the Cold War have gone cold
How the Karnataka election results have taken an equestrian turn and made tourism companies happy, plus the normalisation of violence — at home and the world
Of bovines who don’t know better, bots which know a lot and those who separate the facts from the fake.
Ismat Chughtai in the book, 'A Life in Words: Memoirs' sheds light on her growing up years, her conflicts with her mother, her realisation that it was a man's world, her struggles with getting to know herself and coming to terms with it.