Shahina KK

VS versus Vijayan, the Nth Round

As CPM polls approach, the Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan factions sharpen their claws

06 August 2011
True Life
The Final Sin

The Church refused to let Jolly Thomas bury her husband till she gave them 25 cents of land. Forty years later, she recalls her lonely court battle against the institution, which she won only to find her husband’s grave now lying outside church premises. This is the story of how Jolly built a chapel, her own Taj Mahal, for her beloved husband Thampi

06 August 2011
Real India
Wheels of Fortune

Paralysed waist down, Biju Varghese modifies cars for the physically challenged to drive

29 July 2011
Late Temple Treasure Man

Some devotees believe the wrath of God struck him dead for his sacrilege

20 July 2011
True Life
The Curious Case of Elfriede Maria Schmidt

A 77-year-old German lady who’d made a Kochi hotel her home for the past eight years died last month. Her body has been lying unclaimed since. We went in search of her past and found four threads unspooling a lonely and wounded life

20 July 2011
The Long Arm of the Lawless

Balakrishna Pillai of the ruling UDF in Kerala is supposedly serving a one-year rigorous imprisonment sentence for corruption. Yet, he gets home food, an air-cooler in his cell and has been out of jail for 53 of the 144 days served. And now the government plans to set him free

14 July 2011
The Rs 1,00,000 crore Headache

Let alone the Kerala government, no one knows how to deal with the treasure hoard found in the Sree Padmanabha temple

07 July 2011
The Sex Worker as Storyteller

Nalini Jameela has already written a bestselling autobiography of her life in this shadowy industry. With her second book, due soon, she shares her insights not only into the behaviour of men, but also the art of storytelling as honed by her professional skills

16 June 2011
Art & Culture
Breaking out of the Stereotype

The talented Malayalee comedian Salim Kumar has turned serious, and with enough conviction to bag a National Award for best actor

08 June 2011
The Terror of Wedding Raggers

It has unified political parties in Kerala’s Malabar region, but to no effect. Newlywed couples continue to suffer humiliating pranks played by friends of the groom

25 May 2011


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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