The Judgment of the Visual

Madhavankutty Pillai

On the airing of a former MP’s sex tape by a news channel

‘Intuition is very smart, smarter than analyses or mere intellect,’ says George Saunders

George Saunders has a cult status in contemporary fiction. In his new short story collection, the American author explores power and ethics, love and morality. He speaks to Open about creating characters with tenderness

Rama: A Reasonable Man

The Rama story is about being true to a pledge regardless of consequences

Rama: A Remarkable Hero

Learning from Rama in the wake of the Ayodhya judgment

Moral Overdose

Kiran Nagarkar’s novel about Kabir collapses under its didactic weight

Robert Mapplethorpe: Fire and Light

The hypnotic aura of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs triumphs over petty public morality

Intimately Joan Didion

A documentary shows why her views on cultural and moral chaos hold valuable lessons even today

Inside the Justice Bazaar

Recent Income Tax raids put the spotlight on middlemen who have operated for years with impunity, leaking judicial verdicts to corporates and other interested parties


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