Essays

The Hill and the Mountain

The Hill and the Mountain

By Bill Aitken 0

And the many continents in between. Bill Aitken on mountains as a means of self-discovery

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Ruined City

Ruined City

By Gautam Bhatia 0

An architect imagines a Delhi of the future. Dystopian? Yes, but Gautam Bhatia’s drawings should not shock—not in times like these

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What They Took

What They Took

By Sharif Elmusa 0

Once symbolic of progress, the tractor, recalls Sharif Elmusa, owned and loved by his family of Palestinian farmers, became a tool used in their literal uprooting, in the removal of the soil beneath their feet

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The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller

By Pallavi Aiyar 1

Much before iPhones and YouTube, a gaudy machine on our railway platforms provided entertainment and information. It’s all but gone, but a fortuitous meeting makes Pallavi Aiyar’s childhood spring to life

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V See and London

V See and London

By S Diwakar, translated from Kannada by Srinath Perur 0

How is one to stay rooted in a language and culture while remaining available to a wide range of influences? I wouldn’t know, but the ability to pull it off is something I admire, and something that seems common among…

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Morbid Curiosities

Morbid Curiosities

By Ambarish Satwik 0

Ambarish Satwik on his days as a student of anatomy, poking around in cadavers and studying photographs of extravagantly diseased bodies

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The Jadoowallah from Madras

The Jadoowallah from Madras

By John Zubrzycki 0

Ramo Samee, capable of extraordinary feats of dexterity, balance and daring, took Indian magic to Britain and America. John Zubrzycki tells his strange, wondrous story

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The Rapture

The Rapture

By Juliet Reynolds 0

She saw it before, during and after its restoration. But what really changed Juliet Reynolds’ engagement with the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling was her immersion in rasa. Image credit: Getty Images I must have been a little dizzy—certainly overwhelmed to a great degree—as…

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Bengali Macho

Bengali Macho

by Sandip Roy 1

A race of weaklings? Effeminate aesthetes more likely to be writing poetry than lifting weights? Sandip Roy delves into a surprising history of musclemen, barefoot footballers and Tagore the wrestler

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Automatic Bodies

Automatic Bodies

By Paromita Vohra 0

Primped, hairless and buff, the Hindi film hero has little in common with his predecessor. It’s a product, argues Paromita Vohra, of a new politics of aspiration

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