The Historian’s Eye

Shivshankar Menon

Romila Thapar provides a nonjudgmental cultural perspective on China

‘I have no idea why they’re still letting me make films’

One of Bollywood’s most inventive directors, Dibakar Banerjee, on his aversion to being typecast and why he believes dissent is the best form of defence

Roger Federer in Shanghai

Watching him from 10 metres away

A Kiwi in Bollywood

Mike McCleary’s scores for Shanghai and Shaitaan spotlight the work of a man who barely understands Hindi and usually works blind, without a script

Café Crawling in Shanghai

Inhaling whiffs of its history along with steaming cups of cappuccino


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