Madhavankutty Pillai

Madhavankutty Pillai has no specialisations whatsoever. He is among the last of the generalists. And also Open chief of bureau, Mumbai  

Lullaby of a New Father in Parliament

My son, apple of my scheming eyes, I have so many dreams for you...

01 October 2010
The Fastest Indian

From 1996 to 2008, when he retired, Anil Kumar, national record holder for both the 100 and 200 metres, had little competition from anyone in India. And yet no one knows him in this country.

30 September 2010
Why are Nanos Burning Up?

A few days ago, another Nano suddenly caught fire. Why is this happening to the world’s most famous small car? A) It’s a lousy car B) It has been sabotaged by Tata’s rivals C) Everybody is overreacting to a problem that is not uncommon to vehicles D) None of the above.

04 September 2010
Man of No Formula

Amartya Sen’s foreword doesn’t demystify Polanyi.

16 August 2010
In Defence of the Uncreative

He will be more prosperous and happier than the creative Indian. And he has a far greater influence over you than you imagine

13 August 2010
The loneliness of India’s only female sumo wrestler

Hetal Dave has only her brother to train with. And when she seeks sponsorship for international meets, people think it has something to do with Tata Sumo.

07 August 2010
Dude, there’s a bit of F1 in my car

It is expensive and time-consuming, but road cars are borrowing from Formula 1 technology to make your commute zippier. And then there is the reverse transfer of technology—road cars are ahead of race cars in many areas and F1 has to catch up.

30 July 2010
Making a Queer Pitch

Suffocated by the silence surrounding homosexuality, a lesbian activist has started India’s first bookstore devoted to the subject.

14 July 2010
True Life
On Mind and Mindness

Smack in the middle of a workshop on silence, terrified of his own thoughts and haunted by a toothache, the author realised how slippery our grip is on that thing we call the mind.

30 June 2010
Thirst for More

Fans of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series will love this one too. The formula is spot on.

24 June 2010


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is the author of several books, including Doolally Sahib and the Black Zamindar: Racism and Revenge in the British Raj

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and a founding member of the governing council of India Foundation. He is the author of, among other titles, Partitioned Freedom and The Hindutva Paradigm

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Views are personal.


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