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The Bohri Kitchen, Mumbai | Facebook/thebohrikitchen
Munaf Kapadia worked at Wrigley and then Google before leaving it all to start The Bohri Kitchen with his mother from their home in Colaba. Read an excerpt from his book.
File photo | Gen. Reginald Dyer | Wikimedia Commons
In a new edition of V.N. Datta’s 1969 classic ’Jallianwala Bagh’, Nonica Datta writes that Gen. Dyer ‘wanted to punish Amritsar more’.
File image of Goa CM Manohar Parrikar | Wikimedia Commons
In ‘Manohar Parrikar: Brilliant Mind, Simple Life’, Nitin A. Gokhale explores how India’s first IIT-qualified chief minister strengthened India's national security.
Kobad Ghandy
In ‘Fractured Freedom’, Communist Kobad Ghandy writes about the 10 years he spent in the prisons of Delhi, Hyderabad, Patiala, Visakhapatnam, Hazaribagh and Surat on terror charges.
Women
In ‘Her Right to Equality’, Tara Krishnaswamy writes on efforts needed to create a gender-balanced Parliament and politics in India.
Leopard in Jim Corbett Reserve | Flickr
In ‘Wild and Wilful’, Neha Sinha writes that the re-wilding of the barren Yamuna Biodiversity Park was so successful that an apex predator walked in — only to be removed for ‘its own safety’.
The Anti Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture at the TSC circle of the University of Dhaka | Ismail Ferdous/Bloomberg
In ‘Untranquil Recollections’, economist and freedom fighter Rehman Sobhan writes about the challenges faced by the newly independent Bangladesh in the early years.
File photo | Bhagat Singh at 21, 1929 | Wikimedia Commons
In ‘The Execution of Bhagat Singh’, Satvinder Singh Juss writes how Bhagat Singh’s hanging was ‘one of the bloodiest deeds ever undertaken by the British Labour Government’.
M.Karunanidhi
In ‘Karunanidhi: A Life’, A.S. Panneerselvan writes about Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the man who became a metaphor for modern Tamil Nadu.
A train pulled by an NJ2 locomotive travels on the Qinghai–Tibet railway in 2008 | Wikimedia Commons
In ‘All Roads Lead North’, Amish Raj Mulmi writes that the Gyirong–Kathmandu train has been in China-Nepal talks for over a decade. But who will it really help?

On Camera

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI

Deserted roads bring back nightmare of demand slump for Indian fuel companies

It’s an ominous sign for India, where fuel consumption still hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s national lockdown that saw oil demand fall to the lowest since 2007.

Defence

Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

China changes stance, wants de-escalation before disengagement in Ladakh. India disagrees

De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.