• The writing on the compound wall

    Our city may not have public spaces comparable to the Times Square or even the Tahrir Square, but Chennai has its own claim to public space — compound walls! The public space that Germany-based Dutch ..... More
  • Bowling over

    When Cameron White, Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma of Sunrisers Hyderabad, came to the City Centre mall recently, cricket was far from their mind. They were coming together for an initiative called ‘Pow..... More
  • The woman’s touch

    The last few days have passed in a flurry of activity for Parveen Hafeez, managing director of Sunrise Hospitals. Parveen is in the U.S. to attend the Fortune/U.S. State Department Women Leaders Mento..... More
  • Have we lost them to TV?

    I was in Mangalore on work and stayed with my niece and her family. Both she and her husband have demanding careers that do not allow them much free time at home during the week. Their two lovely boys..... More
  • I am...Imran — Fruit of labour

    Mondays starts early for 33-year-old Imran, a fruit seller who travels from his house in Tannery road to his orchards located on the outskirts of the city. He picks up his weekly quota of guavas and h..... More
  • New flavour to a multi-cultural mix

    With brown eyes, black hair and fair skin, Ruchi Vijayvargiya could easily be mistaken for a North Indian. She is and she isn’t: Born to a Hindu Rajasthani father and a Christian Malayali mother, Ruch..... More
  • The hazy haven of heroes and heroin

    Recently, the Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal was arrested for allegedly carrying a large stash of drugs including cocaine and heroin. The allegations against Olympic medallist Vijender Singh ..... More
  • A lost generation

    She is barely 20: thin, pale, her eyes glazed and vacant with the habit accumulated through her short life, of suffering without hope or end. Her father succumbed to drugs when she was a small child. ..... More
  • Unquiet flows the Yamuna

    Long before the polluted Yamuna became a commonplace subject discussed in public and private forums with intensity, there were a few who were working towards the cause quietly. Artist and environmenta..... More
  • Ageless minds and spirited journeys

    After their trip to Sri Lanka, 79-year-old K.P. Vijayaraghavan and his two friends, Purushothaman M.K. and Mohana Kurup are contemplating a trip to Cambodia sometime next year. Requisite enquiries are..... More
  • The rape issue

    According to Thornhill and Palmer’s book, A Natural History Of Rape, allegedly men rape because they aren’t getting enough sex. Rape is a male sexual strategy to get around a shortage; it is an inborn..... More
  • Bonding over blood

    Shweta Veeravalli’s perseverance is a subtle hint at the organisation, she is pitching for. Not the one to be discouraged by standard non-committal replies, this young Delhi University student calls, ..... More
  • Cashing in on plastic waste

    Pink, blue and white in colour they hang anywhere, on the tree tops, fences, branches of shrubs, barbed wires and float on stagnated water too. In the wind they flap their wings and move around freely..... More
  • Have we evolved?

    I watch in amusement as yet another war unfolds in front of my eyes. The two parties have been at it for a while now, and their strategies are getting a little repetitive. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not ..... More
  • Wiping out domestic violence

    Life had become a challenge for Parvathi (name changed) as she struggled to deal with her husband’s curious habit. He sent anonymous letters to all her acquaintances aiming at her character assassinat..... More
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