Editorial

EDITORIAL

Changing Seasons After a year of political disruption around the world and economic seesawing at home in 2017, we look forward to a year of exciting headlines and more positive news in 2018. From foreign policy, domestic politics and cultural clashes to economic growth, companies and disruptive i...

Up-to-Date

INDIA SHOWCASES MILITARY MIGHT, CULTURAL DIVERSITY ON REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS

PRIME MINSTER NARENDRA MODI ON LAST EDITION OF HIS MONTHLY RADIO PROGRAMME "MANN KI BAAT" “On January 26, the arrival of great leaders of 10 nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians” CELEBRATIONS// Marching contingents, strategic defence weaponry and colourful tabl...

Cover Story

SPINNING IN 2018

India and the world saw a sharp rise in the art of spin in 2017, where an event or news was doctored and delivered to a pre-determined narrative. 2018 will only see it multiply. . In 2016 the word post-truth found its way to the Oxford Dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circum...

Platform

TWO SIDES TO TRIPLE TALAQ THE BATTLE OVER THREE WORDS

Does the triple talaq debate miss the crucial point that Muslim women have far more pressing concerns than what the country focused on? Then why is such an obscure practice gaining national attention? EVER SINCE THE Supreme Court intervened, the regressive practice of triple talaq has been the su...

International

THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL MAN

Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. Should the world be wary? A man whose name was largely unknown outside of China just a few year ago has becoming the rising Asian giant’s most powerful leaders in decades. As the cliché goes, a rose is a rose is a rose. Indeed, a half- smile is a ha...

Politics

RAHUL GANDHI IN YOGA NIDRA

Imissed out on the “tumult” these past weeks in circumstances which remind me of Shah Sarmad, the great Sufi saint of Jewish extraction, who wrote: “I slept through the tumult on Judgement Day. When I half opened my eyes to see if it was over, I saw that it was still continuing. I closed my...

Economy

COURSE CORRECTION OR POPULIST?

The Union budget 2018-19 will be the first post-GST budget of India. It is also the last full budget before the 2019 general elections. It will be something everyone will be looking forward to the light of the recent slowdown economy. We take a look at the likely big bang and the great expectation...

Cinema

THE YEAR OF CENSORSHIP!

India is the world’s most prolific filmmaking country, but movies coming out of the subcontinent is often fraught with tales of censorship, bans and public outrage. 2017 has been particularly bad. Isn’t all art supposed to make us think? Or is freedom of expression becoming mere tinsel atop th...

Garnish

THE CAKE FACTORY

I’m sure many of you have many a time enjoyed a Monginis cake, especially if you’ve grown up in Bombay, of course, Mumbai now. It’s part of our growing up years and yet not many would know that this iconic cake shop was founded in Bombay in 1902 by two Italian brothers. It also never occurs...

Technology

GADGETS: WHAT WILL TECHNOLOGY BRING US IN 2018?

The CES show in Las Vegas just got over and as usual, there was lots of new tech on offer. Let’s take a look at where technology will take us this year CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for i...

Travel

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

The cliché becomes a metaphor: a picture is worth one thousand words. So what about the legendary picture of the Afghan girl with blazing blue eyes on the cover of ‘National Geographic’? Or the haunting picture of young children, and a naked girl child, running away from a ‘Napalmed’ vill...

Reading Room

FIVE BOOKS FOR A GOOD READ

2017 was a significant year for publishing in India. And now that we are in January 2018, the literary mood will be set by the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will see the release of several significant books, apart from the hosting of over 200 sessions with writers and thinkers from across the ...