Readers’ Choice

COVID spotlighted the question that is at the back of everyone’s mind – who will be there for me when I need someone the most? Devdutt Pattanaik tells us an ancient story from the Vedas of a young boy who was abandoned by everyone he trusted.  Hinduism’s most ancient texts, the Vedas tell the story of a young boy...

FRI A Spy in China by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao In the wake of mounting tensions at the LAC, Indira Sanyal is paid a midnight visit by personnel from the Armed Forces Analysis Wing. They fly her down to Delhi to meet top officer Ajay Sharma, who wants her to enter China as an undercover spy. . . SAT We Indians by...

The foundation of Pakistan is easily one of the most traumatic memories from India’s independence. The death of a half a million people, mass migrations and an atmosphere of fear and hatred ruled the years from 1947-50. But, did you know that the British had a part to play in this? Khushwant Singh writes –  British...

Our attention is too focussed on our weighing scales, not where it should be – on taking care of ourselves. Being healthy doesn’t mean a particular weight or a particular body type – it means understanding what your body needs. Rujuta Diwekar breaks down the 3 rules of sustainable health –  Metabolic Health...

India sees a diversity of religions, cultures, cuisines and so much more – and all of this is reflected in our literature. We have a treasury of writers from the South Indian diaspora whose stories encompass the essence of life in India like nothing else can. Here are 5 novels by South Indian writers Benyamin and...

We decry the British for reducing India’s wealth drastically and leaving the country a pauper – and one of our biggest losses is the Kohinoor diamond. One of the largest diamonds in the world, it has a long history of bloodshed and intrigue even before the British stole it away.  What’s in a name? Legend has...

FRI Pyjamas Are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna In the serene sanctuary of Kerala’s Shanthamaaya spa where food is rationed, sex forbidden and emotions centred, Anshu meets someone familiar and deeply unsettling – her ex-husband. Bittersweet, funny and wise, PYJAMAS ARE FORGIVING confirms Twinkle Khanna as one of our...

This is an excerpt from When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy. At once the chronicle of an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art, WHEN I HIT YOU is a smart, fierce and courageous take on traditional wedlock in modern India. Read it for free on 17th October, 2021 at 7pm.  My mother has not...

Our childhood was populated by Shivaji’s tales of valour, but did you know that long before he was born, the Deccan was already an incredible place with an eclectic mix of warriors and intellectuals? Here are 3  incredible rulers from the Deccan you never knew about –  Krishnadeva Raya of...

Love in India is a complicated affair – and if anyone can understand it, it’s Indian writers! Check out 5 romance stories by Indian authors that’ll have you feeling butterflies in your stomach –  Blind Love by Swapna Sundaram Blind Love is about unexplainable yearnings of the heart. Despite her picture perfect...