• veil
    Sep 13, 2009 00:26 ISTTravel tales

    What lies beneath the veil

    Was the latest uprising in Iran partly fuelled by a clampdown on youth fashion? Street wisdom from Tehran and Mashhad seems to suggest so, examines Haidar Naqvi.

  • Aug 17, 2009 01:07 IST

    The no-fear factor

    Only 18 per cent of Pakistanis think of India as a major threat. There must be something we’re doing wrong.

  • new zealand
    Jul 03, 2009 23:41 ISTUrban Gypsy

    Things Kiwis do for fun

    It’s not for nothing that New Zealand is called the youngest country on earth — it’s in their attitude, it’s in the air, it’s everywhere. Who else would think of inventing something like the bungee? Or the zorb (New Zealand orb) — a ball that takes you down a hill just for fun? Only a New Zealander, writes Lina Choudhary Mahajan.

  • May 19, 2009 00:45 IST

    Well begun and very well done

    The EC has pulled off a magnificent job. But we need to shorten the long election period.

  • Jun 28, 2009 23:39 IST

    Too may departments slowing work

    Creation of the departments in the State Government has not always followed administrative logic. While there are 77 departments in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra manages with just 29 and Andhra Pradesh with 30.

  • Meghalaya
    May 15, 2009 22:55 IST

    Strawberry hills forever

    Sohliya and Ritiang villages in Meghalaya aren’t just growing superlative strawberries, they are also trying to script a new kind of tourism — adventure-soaked stays in semi-forest farmhouses but sans frills, writes Rahul Karmakar.

  • Orhan Pamuk
    Mar 06, 2009 23:25 IST

    Turkish dilemma

    Nobel-prize winning author Orhan Pamuk epitomises the essential contradiction of his country, Turkey. The East claims as much space in his work as the West, writes Sumana Ramanan.

  • bullet
    Mar 20, 2009 22:39 ISTUrban Gypsy

    A bite of the Bullet

    Not making mistakes is a Japanese obsession. Only one Shinkansen passenger has ever died — a door closed on him awkwardly, writes Pramit Pal Chaudhuri.

  • Mar 29, 2009 21:27 IST

    What a turn-off

    What is this Earth Hour that everyone has been talking about?You mean you did not observe it on Saturday?Well, I just heard somebody talking about it.

  • gap children
    Apr 04, 2009 23:19 IST

    Bridging the gap

    Once the fief of rich western kids, taking a year off or ‘gapping’ is now increasingly the trend among youngsters who are ready to follow their heart. Ruchira Hoon meets Indian gappers who aren’t just skipping school and work to dance and travel, but are doing so with parental consent and by living on their wits...

  • Apr 10, 2009 22:20 ISTDouble Take

    Push the button

    Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, the author of The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay has lots of reasons to say why voting is good for your health...

  • Apr 18, 2009 23:14 ISTFace to face

    Booting the system?

    India’s grand old pujari of liberalism talks to Indrajit Hazra about the vices of the BJP, the absurdities of the Emergency, and the continuing shame of 1984.

  • Goa
    Mar 06, 2009 22:27 ISTUrban Gypsy

    What's eating Goa?

    Russians own the hotels; the Brits are dining on tandoori fish and butter chicken; Indians from the south and north throng the beaches. It’s hard to believe this is the same city-state where, as a child, I walked barefoot to the local brunch joint for some lazy late-morning bacon and eggs, writes Zara Murao.

  • taxis
    Feb 13, 2009 21:33 ISTUrban Gypsy

    Thai there!

    The Thais are quite warm towards India. A week’s coverage in the Bangkok Post included not only the Jaipur Lit Festival but also sadhus bathing at the Sangam and a malkhambh display at a rural sports meet in Sagar, MP. Bollywood, especially its soundtracks, is big too, writes Abhilash Gaur.

  • Jan 03, 2009 22:05 IST

    Take a crack at our special quiz

    In December 97, 25 year-old MIT graduate, Terri Duhon put together what she called the Broad Index Securitised Trust Offering (BISTRO).