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Ram, Laxman, Sita

Not even Rama and Laxman could resist the succulent meat preparations of ancient India

Meat eating was the norm right through ancient India, which is why even Emperor Ashoka couldn't get his family and subjects to give it up.
Vir Sanghvi speaks at the event | By special arrangement

At Military Literature Festival, General says public should know how defence money is spent

On the second day of the Punjab government’s Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh, panelists also discussed the media’s role during 26/11.
Sharmila Tagore in a still from Satyajit Ray directed Nayak | @Criterion/Twitter

Devi to Kashmir ki Kali to Censor Board: Sharmila Tagore is not just Taimur’s grandmom

Sharmila Tagore, who turned 74 on 8 December, has been a trailblazer of her field, and the bikini has nothing to do with it.
Dharmendra Deo

There is much more to birthday boy Dharmendra than just his ‘He-man’ image

Dharmendra, who turns 83 today, was a versatile actor early in his career. But after the success of Sholay, he got typecast as an action hero.
A visitor clicking selfie with the wax statue of Salman Khan | By special arrangement

They touch, feel, kiss, cry — Indians are weirdly obsessed with Madame Tussauds wax statues

With touch no longer disallowed, wax museums like Madame Tussauds have begun indulging the voyeuristic curiosity that Indians possess.
Women leaders at Hidden No More 2018

How Hollywood brought women of STEM & arts together so they are no longer ‘Hidden Figures’

Women from across the world are coming together to boost their presence in STEM & arts.
File image of Sri Aurobindo | auroville.org

Sri Aurobindo, a staunch nationalist who turned into a philosopher

Nobel nominee Sri Aurobindo entered politics to demand complete autonomy from British rule. But taking up yoga during a jail stint turned him towards philosophy.
Amrita Sher-Gil | Commons

Remembering Amrita Sher-Gil, one who loved sex, art and India, and never said sorry for it

One of India’s most respected pioneers of modern art, Sher-Gil’s story has the makings of a classic French film, including a tragically young death.
Abanindranath Tagore | Commons

Abanindranath Tagore, harbinger of Bengal’s renaissance who remained Swadeshi by brush

Founder of the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Abanindranath brought nationalism to Indian art in 20th century Bengal.
File image of Nandalal Bose | Facebook

Celebrating Nandalal Bose, artist who rejected everything British & designed India’s constitution

The face of Swadeshi artistic movement, the Bengal School of Art, Bose projected Indian subjects in his art that drew from the Bengali folk traditions.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.