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Of Mentors and Monsters

As the #MeToo movement reaches its moment of reckoning in India, this writer reflects on her workplace experience of coping with a “mentor” who was her harasser.

Trinidad’s First Family of Literature

The Naipauls of Nepaul Street: A Memoir of Life in Trinidad and Beyond by Savi Naipaul Akal, Leeds, England: Peepal Tree Press, 2018; pp 210, £13.99.

Ushering in a New Age

1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Åsbrink, translated from Swedish by Fiona Graham, New York: Other Press, 2017; $16.99 (Kindle edition).

The Many Lives and Names of ‘Bhagwan/Bhogwan Singh’

Were Betty Lee, the owner of a Los Angeles apparel store, and Abnashi Ram, a businessman of Indian origin, the missing links between the strange double lives of Ghadar leader Bhagwan Singh Gyanee and Hollywood “turban-wrapper” Bhogwan Singh?

Carsten Niebuhr in Bombay and Surat

The lone surviving member of an ill-fated Danish expedition to Arabia, Carsten Niebuhr, wrote one of the earliest accounts of the two entwined trade cities—Bombay and Surat—by a western traveller.

A Familiar Beat

The fascinating story of how and why The Drum , a film glorifying the British Empire, ended up being banned in parts of India, 80 years before the controversy over Padmaavat .

Monkey Business

We should not be surprised that demonetisation, announced a year ago, failed to stem counterfeiting, an art as old as coinage itself.

The Long History of Priestly Debauchery

In 1862, Bombay High Court ruled in favour of a journalist accused of libel for writing articles about the sexual exploitation of women by the head of a Vaishnava sect.

Dual Identities, Parallel Lives

Could Bhogwan Singh, the actor, and Bhagwan Singh, the revolutionary, be one and the same?

​Bordering Tranquility

The sacred and the profane share an uneasy coexistence amidst the serene ambience of a Buddhist monastery in Tuting, a closely guarded village bordering Tibet.

America's Contradictions on Gun Rights

The initial outrage in the United States after a gunman killed 20 children in a school has faded. Indeed, many states have loosened and not tightened laws on gun control. In the meanwhile children have to go through "lockdown" drills in school to learn how to face possible violent events. Since the matter of gun rights is so related in the US to the concepts of individual liberty and the doctrine of self-suffi ciency, it is time perhaps that the latter concepts themselves were re-examined.

A Gilded Life

The history of gold hunting in New Zealand is replete with the little-known story of a gold-digger with an Indian connection.

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