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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: ‘Films Are Like Your Best Friends’

Kaveree Bamzai

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director of ground-breaking movies, relives his spectacular success and noble failures

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

A star economist recounts his experience as a policy wonk

The Rebel Model

The inscrutable art and life of Rajinikanth

What’s the future of the art museum post-Covid?

András Szántó delves into the subject and expects Indians and others not to ape the West, but to democratise museums

An Objective History

Vidya Dehejia’s chosen artefacts relive the past, speak to the present, and occasionally portend the future

A Poet’s Pursuits

The passions and poetry of Agha Shahid Ali

The Wages of War

The Sri Lankan novelist Anuk Arudpragasam, whose new book portrays the island after the civil war, speaks to Nandini Nair about the spectatorship of violence and the persistence of grief

The Author between the Lines

Do we read too much biographical detail into novels?

Desert Pains

Expatriate anguish in an imagined country in the Gulf

The House of Tatas

A portrait of a business group as a capital asset in history

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