KA Shaji

Real India
God’s Own Country Spirit

They have names like Jesus Christ, Elephant Tamer and Newly-Wed Woman.

01 July 2010
Out of Thin Air

Why does Telecom Minister Andimuthu Raja seem so secure? The ‘code division’ and ‘multiple access’ intricacies of Tamil politics.

06 May 2010
Real India
Doctors on Call

How an idealistic couple is changing the lives of a tribal population in a rural outback of Tamil Nadu.

15 April 2010
Real India
The Armenian Representative

With no Armenians left in Chennai, an Anglo-Indian takes care of this community’s historic 298-year-old church.

17 March 2010
Art & Culture
Propaganda on a Screen Near You

Entertainment in Tamil Nadu is almost entirely motivated by politics, and the DMK is nowhere near loosening its grip on audiences.

17 March 2010
Real India
God’s Own Drunk Country

The Kerala government is doing a deft balancing act of selling booze and opening de-addiction centres at the same time.

10 March 2010
Real India
A Rickshaw with a Website

If you want the services of Chennai’s M Samson, all you have to do is log on to tuktastic.com.

04 March 2010
Once a Comrade

What does it take to start a revolution, then turn your back on it? What does it mean to believe, then to disbelieve? Former Naxalites on why they left the red path.

25 February 2010
Real India
Plant Couture

Fashion students come to this school dropout to learn the art of making saris and shirts from aloe vera and banana.

17 February 2010
Real India
Mistresses of Spices

A small but immensely popular eatery in Kerala serves food made by some home experts—three housewives.

13 January 2010


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