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Kodaikanal’s radioactive seafood diet, how mercury was added to the menu

In 'Heavy Metal: How a Global Corporation Poisoned Kodaikanal', author Ameer Shahul explores the mercury poisoning that rocked the hill station.

India’s survival was important for US in 1950s. How it changed 40 years later

In 'Friends with Benefits', Seema Sirohi traces the India-US story with stark detail, and the transformation of their relationship over decades.

Ageing people are difficult, but they deserve to be: Romila Thapar

In ‘A Portrait of Ageing’, professor Romila Thapar writes about holding onto life in the 'last stages'.

Knee deep sewage, sea of documents—the story of two families escaping the war in Kabul

With 'August in Kabul', Walkley-award winning journalist Andrew Quilty offers a remarkable record of the US exit from Afghanistan, and the return of the Taliban.

What is Kalaripayattu? Ancient Indian martial art that has come to define Kerala

Kalaripayattu has traditionally been passed on to students through ‘vaythari’ or oral commands. It was only in 1936 that these instructions were published.

Vivekananda rejected image worship and the guru cults of contemporary Indian spirituality

In Guru to the World: The Life and Legacy of Vivekananda, Ruth Harris shows how Swami Vivekananda’s thought became a touchstone of Hindu nationalist politics.

The great Indian jugaad is not a skill. It is how we work with impractical corporate policies

In 'The Company We Keep' Divya Khanna gives her insights on the corporate culture of India through her experiences, which are doubled down by expert comments and responses from other corporate employees.

A republic can be undemocratic, but Nehru and Ambedkar’s India wasn’t one of them

The essays in ‘Between Hope and Despair’ force us to think about our public, private and political life and question the current state of our political institutions.

When Javed Akhtar met Faiz by pretending to be his friend. It was a close shave

In 'Talking Life' Javed Akhtar speaks to Nasreen Munni Kabir with refreshing honesty about the ups and downs of his extraordinary life.

Gyanvapi in Varanasi to mosque in Mathura—IAS officer’s first-hand account post-Babri riots

In 'Of Giants and Windmills', former IAS officer Moosa Raza reveals about the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition, in his capacity as Advisor to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

On Camera


File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of France Emmanuel Macron | ANI Photo

India-France space alliance key to Delhi’s ambitions. But it must deepen...

The IAF's revised doctrine aims to transition India from an air power to an aerospace power. But can India do it by itself in time and cost-effectively?
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabling Finance Bill 2023 in the Lok Sabha Friday | Photo: PTI

Finance Bill 2023 amendment removes long-term capital gain benefit for debt...

Tax analysts and mutual fund industry participants say this will hamper growth of bond market, and potentially curtail avenues for fund-raising by companies.


Indian Army and Air force jawans part of Vayu Prahar exercise | Photo: Twitter/@PBNS_India

With joint ‘Vayu Prahar’ exercise in eastern sector, Army & Air...

Conducted in '2nd week of March', the joint exercise included air-land operations in a nominated advance landing ground & 'contingency tasks' in challenging high-altitude terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

You’ve heard of jobless growth. But Tata, Birla, Ambani, Adani, have...

Modi govt's thrust on manufacturing is much-needed but it is pushing Indian manufacturing in the direction of outsourcing, same as our services industry.