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Sorry Shaktimaan, it is Nagraj who was the first superhero of India 

Nagraj, the king of snakes, was first published in 1986. He has a green, muscular body, snakes flow in his veins, his venom is more lethal than cyanide — enough to melt metal.

OP Nayyar’s music turned Howrah Bridge from a movie to a whole mood

Madhubala and Ashok Kumar-starrer Howrah Bridge has music as a character.

Jawaani Jaaneman review: Saif Ali Khan shines in this lack-lustre comedy drama

Director Nitin Kakkar gives us a film with well-thought-out characters but a plot that lacks the oomph factor.

Krishna Menon is so much more than 1962 defeat to China, says biographer Jairam Ramesh

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh’s biography of V.K. Krishna Menon tells the story of a complex, brilliant, misunderstood man.

Spy thrillers from the cold war need to make a comeback

Western spy fiction needs state actors with strong non-Western or, better, anti-Western values to become exciting again.

Looking to build a vintage car collection? There is a network of experts who can help

An elite network of consultants and experts operate behind the scenes to do the groundwork for deals of most of the world’s rare classic cars.

Oscar-nominated ‘Parasite’ signals global rise of South Korean films

Parasite, a black comedy thriller by Bong Joon-ho, has amassed a box office revenue of US$137 million already.

Anand Math is the anti-establishment film to watch and learn from

Starring Geeta Bali, Bharat Bhushan and Ajit, the film shows the struggle behind rebellion and poses some uncomfortable questions.

Planet M — brand that changed how Indians experienced music in new millennium

Planet M — a store where you could find music once and that can now be found only in musical memories.

Instagram has changed the way we eat, says baking prodigy & social media star Shivesh Bhatia

The 23-year-old Shivesh Bhatia also believes that a red velvet anything — cakes or cupcakes — is a culinary trend that needs to die.

On Camera

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Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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