Kabeer Sharma

Art & Culture
The New Status Symbols

The new Indian millionaire is savvier, less in thrall of big brands and more dictated by his design sensibility, his utilitarian needs, and a heady and often quirky mix of styles. He can leave you, and marketers, guessing.

15 July 2010
SMS in Times of WAP

Cellphone technology is set to blister its way ahead, thanks to 3G services. One can hear the death-knell of the short message.

08 July 2010
Fight the Good Bull Fight

To boost milk production, the common bull is threatened by a fate that should horrify anyone with a conscience. It’s time to protest against this cruel government policy.

25 June 2010
The Passage from India

Global fashion was chasing an Indian dream. The dream is now over.

10 June 2010
Chicken Goop

A workshop on how to write the soul stirring stuff has this correspondent choking at the broth dished out. With laughter, that is.

26 May 2010
Life in the Time of the Camera

With digital photo lenses all around us, life is no longer what it was. Public exposure is a constant threat. But relax, say megapixel historians, look at the bright side.

21 April 2010
High on Chai?

Maybe it’s time to get back to ground reality. The kitsch fashion revolution has outlasted its energy and purpose.

07 April 2010
The Car that Refuses to Go

From a symbol of sarkari authority to a kitschy curiosity, there is nothing quite like the good old Ambassador.

01 April 2010
The Sparkle Is Forever

The Kohinoor is not the largest diamond in the world. It’s even supposed to be unlucky for its owners. Yet, for Indians, it’s the only gem on earth that matters.

01 April 2010
Stiff Upper Neck

The Bundgala, India’s most famous fashion export to the West.

31 March 2010


Mehr Tarar

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Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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