Essays

Battlegrounds

Battlegrounds

by Anjali Doshi 1

Anjali Doshi reflects on the unattractive display of hyper-nationalism by Indian cricket fans at the recently concluded World Cup

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The Female Athlete

The Female Athlete

by Payoshni Mitra 1

Athletics federations rely on dodgy science to define who gets to compete as a woman, to create the illusion of a level playing field, argues Payoshni Mitra

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A Fan’s Notes

A Fan’s Notes

by Jai Arjun Singh 0

What strange alchemy makes sports fans relate so passionately, so personally, to young, God-like millionaire athletes, wonders Jai Arjun Singh

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Manufacturing Memory

Manufacturing Memory

by Anil Nauriya 1

Our history is a battleground. What we remember and what we forget, writes Anil Nauriya, is essential to the control of the national narrative

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Blood Pheasants of Kanchenjunga

Blood Pheasants of Kanchenjunga

by Stephen Alter 1

Stephen Alter on an expedition to the ‘great snow-covered mountain’ in search of a bird revered by the Lepcha people

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Istanbul Interregnum

Istanbul Interregnum

by Ananya Vajpeyi 0

In a moment of personal flux, Ananya Vajpeyi finds solace in the Turkish capital, its past and its present. And its connections to her home city of Delhi

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The Election in Begusarai

The Election in Begusarai

by Bharath Murthy 3

Bharath Murthy draws attention to a colourful election campaign

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First Tastes

First Tastes

by Ruchir Joshi 0

A short food memoir by Ruchir Joshi

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Memories of Madness

Memories of Madness

by Sanjeev Jain and Alok Sarin 3

How we treat our ‘lunatics’ says a lot about who we are as a society. Psychiatrists Sanjeev Jain and Alok Sarin recall Delhi’s asylum, first sacked during the 1857 rebellion

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Dead Ant, Dead Ant

Dead Ant, Dead Ant

By Akshai Jain 0

The most ambitious scientific experiment ever to test the effects of global warming trains the heat on ants. Akshai Jain explains why, and how

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