Nandini Nair

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: ‘There is no scientific debate in this country’

From the Biodiversity Bill to women in boardrooms, the irrepressible Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw strikes a different note

11 May 2016
Devotees offer water to the Sun God on the first day of the month-long Simhastha Mela in Ujjain
Simhastha Mela: Pilgrim’s Prowess in Ujjain

It’s another Kumbh spectacular on the riverbank as sadhus and seekers join the biggest festival of faith

27 April 2016
Eka Kurniawan (Photo: NINA SUBIN)
Eka Kurniawan: A Terrible Beauty Is Born

The rising star of Indonesian fiction, Eka Kurniawan spins a tale that is as bloody as it is brilliant. He has a message for the world—the truth always exposes itself. The magical realist in conversation with Open

20 April 2016
THE FIGHTER: Shayara Bano at a friend’s home in Kashipur (Photo: T NARAYAN)
Shayara Bano: The Lady Who Dared

Muslim countries don’t support it, neither should India, says the petitioner fighting to put an end to triple talaq. Could Shayara Bano be the woman who challenged the misogyny after Shah Bano?

14 April 2016
James Shapiro (Photo: GETTY IMAGES)
James Shapiro: World’s a Stage

The most imaginative reinterpretations of the Bard are being seen in Asia, says the foremost Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro

13 April 2016
TO BE OR NOT TO BE: Laurence Olivier in the movie Hamlet (Photo: GETTY IMAGES)
Shakespeare: The Play’s the Thing

He understands the personal better than a shrink and the political better than a pundit. He explains it all better than a sage. An Open celebration of the world’s greatest storyteller

13 April 2016
ANIMAL FARM: William Dalrymple cultivates mustard and even kale in his garden (Photo: T NARAYAN)
Art & Culture
William Dalrymple: Picture This

William Dalrymple was a keen photographer before he became an author. The cell phone has returned him to that abandoned love.

30 March 2016
Rolling Stones in Cube
You Give Us Satisfaction

Thank you Rolling Stones, for revealing that music isn’t time and space specific

27 March 2016
Sunil Khilnani (Photo: RAUL IRANI)
Sunil Khilnani: Past Master

Sunil Khilnani explores the idea of India through the profiles of fifty Indians who shaped history

23 March 2016
Kanishk Tharoor (Photo: RAUL IRANI)
Kanishk Tharoor: Past Forward

Kanishk Tharoor creates fiction not from a castle of fancies but from the realm of history

23 March 2016


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 Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

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


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