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Skimming the surfaces of sexism isn’t enough

Thursday 3 January '13

Gangrape speaks of the deep pathologies in the way young men are socialised. We should look within
The second-time diva

Friday 12 October '12

The success of ‘English Vinglish’ might lead to more films with older women in the lead role
Just by closing his eyes

Thursday 19 July '12

Rajesh Khanna could light up a room
Facts About Fiction

Saturday 19 February '11

Orhan Pamuk’s masterclass on the art and craft of the novel.
Pretty Cosmetic

Saturday 2 October '10

A beautiful young thing in Pakistan sinks her well-groomed talons into the issue of honour killings
They Did It

Saturday 27 February '10

Very few crime novels have been written in English in India, but it is a relief to know that the genre has been thriving in other languages.
Monarch Butterfly

Saturday 23 January '10

This is probably one of the more difficult stories to write — that of a powerful, but aging monarch, and her trusted, but often manipulative, khidmatgar.
The Why Chromosome

Sunday 12 April '09

An Indian son’s search for his Pakistani father and his Muslim legacy
Her Many Worlds

Sunday 11 January '09

Qurratulain Hyder’s jilted begum, eccentric spinsters and even a time machine
Midnight’s children

Sunday 14 December '08

After 26/11, these Partition stories have an even more anguished resonance n kishwar desai
The Revolution is Over, Baby

Sunday 6 July '08

From the turbulence of Partition, through the creation of Bangladesh to the cynicism of today
And they lived happily ever after?

Saturday 31 May '08

In the superbly sensitive portrayal of a homosexual relationship in Brokeback Mountain...
Will you remain my Shah Rukh?

Saturday 10 May '08

The biggest shock I got at Shobhaa De’s book launch was not about her sympathy for Raj Thackeray, nor her somewhat insular Delhi-bashing...
An Affair to Remember

Sunday 4 May '08

How Roberto Rossellini stirred up a storm in India
Diaspora doldrums

Sunday 6 April '08

A painfully honest memoir on Punjabi immigrants
She walked in beauty

Wednesday 26 March '08

While the stamp commemorating the gorgeous Madhubala comes not a day too soon, why is it that the government forgot another...
Akbar's Jodhaa

Thursday 6 March '08

It’s the chemistry, not the history, stupid! Jodhaa Akbar is not a historical film, it’s a romantic period film...
Bombay Lost and Found

Sunday 17 February '08

Kamala Markandaya’s posthumously published novel brings alive a 1980s Bombay with its lust, greed and idealism
Yeh hai Bollywood, meri jaan

Wednesday 13 February '08

In true Bollywood style Farah Khan gave birth to triplets this week and no doubt has already written the script around them.

Sunday 20 January '08

Manil Suri explores the obsession with the male child with a gentle but mathematical thoroughness and some luminous writing


The Big Debate
Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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