creature feature

The reef knot

The bond between coral and algae, on which an entire ecosystem rests, must be protected
The first time I went diving in the reefs of the Andaman Islands, I had two thoughts while descending through the blue. The first was (purely sens... »
on the shelf

The child Mozart

The Little Prince provides comfort that even after years, the small and quiet books endure
It’s that time of year again — the season of lists and mellow fruitfulness, as journalists scramble to compile their top 10, top 100, worst, best,... »
Me too: The people of Kashmir say that they are voting for basic necessities such as electricity, food and a roof over their heads. Photo: Nissar Ahmed

Kashmir votes, for a change

The Valley has seen an unprecedented voter turnout in the Assembly polls. But should Delhi see it as a victory of the democracy?
Outside his office hours, Maroof Ahmad, a 28-year-old volunteer for Jammu and Kashmir’s oldest political party, National Conference, spent all his... »
Crazy is how it goes: Moviegoers proudly show off their tickets outside Maratha
Mandir in Mumbai. - Photo: Vivek Bendre

No romance such as this

At Maratha Mandir, where Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has been playing for 1,000 weeks, none of the normal film rules apply, but that is what makes it special
“Isn’t this a weird place for a date? I’ve heard there are rats crawling around,” complains a young girl as she walks up a winding staircase. She k... »
Local calls: Firstouch handsets cater to the English-unfamiliar market.

Smart in my bhasha

With handsets that allow users to type in a regional language and ‘swipe’ into English or vice versa, Firstouch has a huge market-in-waiting here in India
In 2011, when mobile applications developer MoFirst (now renamed Firstouch) Solutions bagged a project from Myanmar, little did its founders know i... »
Louis Roederer's vineyard.

Elegance uncorked

A champagne toast to sparkling conversations from an 18th-century vintner
Over a lunch menu designed to complement Louis Roederer’s champagnes, the conversation turns rather informative. As Thierry Wallaert, export area m... »

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