Essays

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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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

By Madhu Jain 2

Madhu Jainwrites of a house in Amsterdam with a history that proves humanity can exist in a time of war as well. And it has an Indian connection

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Storm Chasers

Storm Chasers

by Pallavi Aiyar 5

The belief in pawang hujan, or rain shamans, illustrates how Indonesia negotiates the line between religion and culture, writes Pallavi Aiyar

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The Good Life

The Good Life

By Arundhathi Subramaniam 1

Arundhathi Subramaniam contemplates a dharma that sits right with her, that is both a means and an end

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People of the Rain

People of the Rain

Suprabha Seshan 17

How we experience the rain shapes our perception of it and how it affects us, writes Suprabha Seshan. Open yourself to it, and it may change your world

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An Atlas of the Clouds

An Atlas of the Clouds

Janice Pariat 2

Janice Pariat considers the shifting, impermanent link between us and our real and imagined geographies

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Realty Bites

Realty Bites

Anjum Hasan 3

Anjum Hasan was born in Shillong. But the changing city is less recognisable every time she returns

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Motherland

Motherland

Karoki Lewis 0

A personal journey with his family took Karoki Lewis from England to Auroville. Despite its issues, they found it a deeply affecting place.

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