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The reef knot

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... »
Janice Pariat

Love to Scrooge

My long-standing affection for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol began with a well-thumbed Ladybird Classics for children. The cover featu... »
Under attack: The CRPF soldier is a sacrificial lamb in the war between the State and the Maoists. Photo: PTI

The war that doesn’t affect us

What a CRPF soldier deals with in Maoist areas and why we should look beyond our TV screens
The TV cameras begin rolling as soon as the bodies arrive. The sight of the slain soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), killed in a... »
Cross currents: This Pahari painting is unusual because the river dominates the human figures.

Art and aesthetics

Art historian BN Goswamy’s selection of Indian miniature paintings spanning nearly thousand years provides the reader a lyrical backstory to the artworks
There is a miniature painting belonging to the Pahari region, dated circa 1775-80, that depicts Rama, Sita and Lakshmana crossing the Ganga after... »
Cash is not king: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder and CEO

Money talks… from a mobile phone

In less than a year, 22 million have used Paytm, generating business worth ₹3,500 crore. This is the brave new world of mobile wallets, where hard cash and payment cards are passé
Vinay Singh does not own a debit or credit card, nor does anyone in his family, which has lived for four generations in Bihar’s Gaya district. Yet,... »
No ordinary wall: A child plays in a quiet bylane, with a government directive in the background. Photo: Reuters/Guang Niu

Chronicles of a city foretold

The capital of China is a pageant of glowing billboards, miniskirts on the metro, tour groups in colour-coded caps and serendipity
Beijing is a nightmare even for someone who ardently supports native languages and opposes colonial legacies, linguistic or otherwise. »

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