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When you lose a game, you don’t storm out or abuse: Pullela Gopichand

In ‘Shuttler’s Flick’, Pullela Gopichand writes that losing badminton games for him is almost academic, you break down areas of improvement and work on them.

Many Indian men are okay with their partners’ sexual history as long as they don’t know details

In 'Dear Men', Prachi Gangwani looks at how Indian men across ages navigate romantic relationships in a country that is trying to be equal parts modern and traditional.
Representational image of Benaresi silk | Stuti Weaves

Benares brocades wove Hindu-Muslim peace for centuries. But those old ways changed

In 'Crafting a Future,' Archana Shah talks about the ground realities of Indian textiles and their histories.
Yellow throat sparrow: the first bird that prompted Birdman Salim Ali to study birds in India | Neha Sinha

No guns or knives but binoculars and notebook—we need to know how birds live, not die

In his radio broadcasts 'Words for Birds' edited by Tara Gandhi, India's Birdman takes a deep dive into the 'world of birds.'
Vijay Mallya with Sidhartha Mallya. | Photo Credit: Facebook/SidMallya

My father’s UK trial felt like I was at the zoo, watching an animal in a cage: Sid Mallya

In 'If I'm Honest', Sidhartha Mallya opens up about his mental health journey — from depression and OCD to the effects of his family matters.
Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Lata Mangeshkar were notorious in Bollywood music | Cinesataan

How did Laxmikant-Pyarelal end Shankar-Jaikishan era in Bollywood? Happier, cheaper music

In 'Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal', Rajiv Vijayakar traces the journey of the composer duo in their musical universe.
Abhijit Banerjee at OTC

Many say they can’t cook to save their lives. I don’t believe them: Abhijit Banerjee

In ‘Cooking To Save Your Life’, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee writes that it’s a lot safer to trust a cookbook than your instincts.
Portrait of Niccolo Manucci, National Library of France | Wikimedia Commons

A Christian Venetian who joined Dara Shukoh’s army and impressed the prince with his Persian

In 'Venetian In Court’, Marco Moneta writes about Nicolò Manucci who came to India and started his career as chief artilleryman in Dara Shukoh’s fratricidal battle against Aurangzeb.
AAP govt's free Metro & bus ride scheme for women (representational image)

Polyamory, self-partnered, single — How young Indian women are recasting idea of love

In ‘Smashing The Patriarchy’, Sindhu Rajasekaran writes that young Indian women are discovering love isn’t as selfless as we were told.
A plaque of J.B. Mangharam biscuits | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Indian biscuit company that made migration of the Sindhi population to Gwalior possible

In ‘Branded in History’, Ramya Ramamurthy explores how colonial Indian brands — both home-grown and foreign — were produced, distributed and marketed.

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A Fabindia store in Delhi | J. Miers | Wikimedia Commons

Not Jashn-e-Riwaaz, real problem is in Fabindia’s casteist Bana and Rajwada collection

Fabindia’s Rajwada and Bana clothes and jewellery bring back memories for oppressed castes in Rajasthan, and not good ones.

Paytm records quarterly loss of Rs 474 crore, expenses rise to Rs 1,600 crore

This is the first earnings report since Paytm's stock tumbled after IPO launch. Parent firm One97's income and revenues rose compared to same time last year, but so did expenses.


Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.