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The Republic and Respect

As a mix of institutional formality and universal emotional succour, the Republic Day parade offers an opportunity to deconstruct the body language of India’s leaders.

Good Bad Words

As repressed middle-class parents and an inhibited media tend to bleep out swear words, we must remember that verbal sanitation is not conducive to free thought.

Photo Retro

On a shabby sidewalk in Jaipur, the Chand brothers continue to practise the lost art of large-format photography through the lens of an 1860 Carl Zeiss field camera.

My Fellow Traveller

A chance encounter with a young brickmaker during a bus journey through the villages of Tamil Nadu opens the eyes — and the heart.

Art as Commodity

Perhaps it is more accurate to define elite art in today’s world market as currency instead of commodity, and to describe galleries and auctions as the new stockmarket.

The Great Charlie Hebdo Gamble

In publishing the material they did, the editors at Charlie Hebdo either misread the context or were fully aware of the risk they were incurring and felt it was worth taking.

Toddler Trails

Hiking through two of the largest countries in Latin America with a 15-month-old baby in tow was a particularly rewarding, if exhausting, experience.

A God of Climbing

Belapur in Navi Mumbai, the region’s capital for the rock-climbing sport of bouldering, is fast losing its appeal due to fervent religious worshippers.

Steps against Violence

For Sheema Kirmani, Pakistan’s most famous classical dancer, dance is a weapon against religious fanaticism and the terrorising of women.

The Big Fat Indian Stereotype

They see curry on my plate And begin their sad monologue About how Indian I am Wisecracks about my limited career options And remarks on my “pre-destined married life” Gaffs at “The Great Indian Nod” Reflecting their inability to distinguish our yes from a no Throw in a few Bollywood songs And they...

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