HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014



Flying is very hard work for Malegaon’s Superman. In Nasir’s latest film (shown at the 11th Osian festival in Delhi, it will be screened next at the international film festival in Goa), Shafique as Superman is the hero. Paramita Ghosh takes a close-up.

Waiting for more

As Motley Productions, founded by Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani, turns 30, the theatre company gears up to explore new avenues. Mini Pant Zachariah reports.

Political space to leg space

Lal Krishna Advani has been criss-crossing the country on a Bell 412 helicopter that had done only 150 hours of flying. He uses it whether he is in Puri or Pune.

No more a page-turner

There are times when the changes you subject certain things to have a tendency to go against their very nature. Take for instance the recent collaboration between Amar Chitra Katha and a cellular service provider, writes Rajiv Arora.

A brother in a bother

The Brothers Ambani were the focus of attention in Parliament last week as a flurry of questions were asked of the government on the floor of the House on alleged violations by their respective companies.

Transcript of PM's press meet

Manmohan Singh said that the balance of power is increasingly shifting in favour of the emerging economies. 

Such a long journey

In the heart of violent Naxal country sits a quiet oasis filled with a hard-won peace and success. One that has got its creators, Prakash and Mandakini Amte, this year’s Magsaysay award. Ketaki Ghoge and Hemal Kasa report.

The dialogue

Either Tata or bye bye.

Reading difficulties

We don’t seem to be doing enough reading or buying. An author’s sales figures in India (unless you happen to be Chetan Bhagat) are dismal, writes Soumya Bhattacharya.

Why doesn’t Tata want to flag down a Nano?

The Nano clearly is intended as a bottom-of-the-pyramid offering — to bring car ownership within reach of the Indian masses, writes N Chandra Mohan.

An anonymous number cruncher crunches some numbers and...

On the eve of the vote, vote-buyers would be more desperate than vote-sellers, and so the price of an additional vote should have been higher than it was earlier.

Inflation! 11.91 %

As long as the inflation rate stays in double digits, the real question that will haunt the Govt will be: just for how long will the spoils of the victorious trust vote last? Gautam Chikermane writes.

Why Somnath had to go for the sake of the party staying alive

The CPI(M) has egg on its face after it failed to stop the nuclear deal — as it boasted in the party congress early this year — or topple the UPA, writes Varghese K George.

Out of Africa

That Robert Mugabe is destroying Zimbabwe is obvious. Less obvious is what Thabo Mbeki is doing to South Africa and the region, writes Lalita Panicker.

Sparkle and fade

The payment for labour on a piece of diamond has been reduced from Rs. 30 a few years ago to just Rs. 20 now, writes Rathin Das.
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