All stories by Manavi Kapur
'No iota of doubt about Shastri's death'Rediff.com25 May 2019
Moni Chadha was with Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent. He counters colourful conspiracy theories with sobering facts.
Naresh Goyal flew too close to the sunRediff.com29 Apr 2019
'The airline business is very dynamic. If you are unable to keep up and lead, you end up last.' 'This is what has happened to Jet.'
Warning! You might overstay your welcome hereRediff.com24 Apr 2019
Each corner of the interiors has been designed and laboured over by Garg and his team. It took nearly a year to put every little detail together
Tashkent Files: Irony does surya namaskarsRediff.com20 Apr 2019
'This film is a product of a dangerous trend to take just a sprinkling of truth, mix it with free-flowing speculation and present it as historical facts,' says Manavi Kapur.
What Indian diaspora thinks about Narendra Modi variedRediff.com22 Jan 2019
The PBD this year functions as a political stage for the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have been wooing the Indian diaspora through widely publicised events across the country. At the PBD, the mood was either largely pro-Modi, and when not, apolitical.
Bezwada Wilson, an Indian heroRediff.com11 Nov 2018
Between January 1, 2017 and September 18, 2018, one manual scavenger died every five days. He is no caped superhero, but Bezwada Wilson continues to fight the good fight for manual scavengers, says Manavi Kapur.
The lost and now 'found' Saraswati riverRediff.com8 Nov 2018
This Haryana village believes it has 'found' the Saraswati river of the Vedas.
The man who wants Section 377 scrappedRediff.com9 Jul 2018
'The reality is that 377 compromises the freedom and affects many of us adversely,' Navtej Singh Johar tells Manavi Kapur.
Yoga: The hip new fad in the land of its birthRediff.com5 Jul 2018
Today, it is modish to be part of a yoga class, to post stories on Instagram while striking an impressively complex asana in a bralette and crop-top paired with neon yoga pants, to bond over green tea and yoga bars after a strenuous session at the studio and have subscriptions to yoga studios, not ashrams, says Manavi Kapur.
The Delhi archbishop who angered the BJP-RSSRediff.com8 Jun 2018
Archbishop Anil Couto's instructions, though politically charged, are not unusual or unprecedented.
Global Parli brings hope to parched BeedRediff.com22 May 2018
'We are not promising prosperity to these villagers. Instead, the focus is on self-sufficiency.'
The man who fought for his right to be a groomRediff.com26 Apr 2018
'Of course, there is fear, but if we want change, then we must be ready to face the consequences.'
Why young India is paying for expensive private collegesRediff.com13 Mar 2018
Is it just the glamour?
Soha Ali Khan is not afraid to mock herselfRediff.com5 Mar 2018
Soha Ali Khan's look at her self in her debut book, The Perils Of Being Moderately Famous, may seem indulgent but is not, says Manavi Kapur.
How a middle-class Delhi boy powered his way to Forbes 30 Under 30Rediff.com5 Dec 2017
Tirthak Saha is living the American dream, but his work has a typically Indian context.
When it was Kabira's Varanasi...Rediff.com6 Nov 2017
Celebrating the poet-saint's legacy in our times.
The first woman who lost her hair overnightRediff.com19 Aug 2017
'How can you fight an enemy you can't see?'
'Attack on cattle is attack on country's culture'Rediff.com31 Jul 2017
'If majority of the country's population is sentimental about a certain species, why are we so ashamed to say that we want to give it statutory protection?'
Experienced the magic of a book club?Rediff.com21 Jul 2017
A common interest in literature often leads to new bonds with people you'd never otherwise meet.
The rot inside Air IndiaRediff.com6 Jul 2017
Enormous debt isn't the only thing afflicting Air India. Its work culture is an equal culprit in its downfall.
What the 'Geeta' cyberstalker case tells usRediff.com2 Jun 2017
When businessman Vijay Nair spoke up against the cyberstalking he experienced, he only highlighted how it isn't as innocuous as it may seem.
Delhi's new Food CapitalRediff.com14 Feb 2017
Manavi Kapur visits Worldmark in New Delhi's Aerocity, which promises to become the state's ultimate foodie destination.
The school dropout from Kerala who became Kyrgyzstan's military leaderRediff.com8 Feb 2017
Manavi Kapur profiles Sheikh Rafik Mohammed of Calicut, who has been appointed to the top military post in the Central Asian country.
What we must know about SUPERBUGSRediff.com31 Jan 2017
How can we protect ourselves against superbugs?
Review: Kahaani 2: Not enough thrillRediff.com3 Dec 2016
Kahaani 2 could have been a great film, but it isn't.
Demonetisation: 'It's a very tiny hit to politicians'Rediff.com27 Nov 2016
'The BJP gets most of its contributions in cash.' 'Now they may show that donations are made in small amounts, less that Rs 20,000, but everyone knows this is just absurd.'
The Guru in 'Gurugram'Rediff.com1 Nov 2016
More than Guru Dronacharya, the cult of his wife, Kripi, runs stronger in Gurgaon.
A walk through Amritsar's Heritage StreetRediff.com29 Oct 2016
The street leading to the Golden Temple gets a makeover that takes you back in time.
Does your teenager need help?Rediff.com20 Oct 2016
Teenagers are not trying to be rebellious, they are trying to establish their identity.
Netas indulge in blamegame as Delhi fights Dengue and ChikungunyaRediff.com21 Sep 2016
As the issue becomes increasingly politicised and accusations are traded on national television, the average Delhi resident suffers debilitating blows from viral fevers, writes Manavi Kapur.
These girls have powerRediff.com2 Sep 2016
Manavi Kapur goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to be a successful woman wrestler.
Have you met Pammi Aunty?Rediff.com8 Aug 2016
Pammi Aunty's gappe-shappe sessions with Sarla Bahenji have made Ssumier S Pasricha an internet star, says Manavi Kapur.
Protecting Kaziranga's rhinos from floods, poachersRediff.com8 Aug 2016
'Flooding forces the animals to disperse out of the park that, in turn, attracts the attention of poachers.'
Want to turn old family gold into new?Rediff.com19 Jul 2016
Here's how you can give your family heirloom a face lift with a dash of style and modern art.
A new Sanskrit waveRediff.com12 Jul 2016
A cow that speaks, a question on patriarchy and the story of a 17th-century poet - Sanskrit filmmakers are finding new ways to revive the 'dying' language.
India's glam past gets a new lookRediff.com11 Jul 2016
Designers Shehla Khan and Pernia Qureshi are re-designing the past in their latest collections.
'There is a disinformation campaign about Nehru'Rediff.com22 Jun 2016
'Nehru was singularly clear sighted about the international political situation.'
Renaming Akbar Road: History's latest battleRediff.com30 May 2016
'I have only this to say to those who talk about Mewar rulers and Akbar's brutality -- do you expect a king to not expand his kingdom?' 'You have entire cities named after Muslim rulers. It's time our heroes got their due.'
Meet Shehla Rashid, the firebrand JNU leaderRediff.com17 Mar 2016
'When you come to Delhi, you see that there are many Kashmirs here -- the Dalits, Muslims, women, bonded labourers.'
The many shades of Left and Right in JNURediff.com26 Feb 2016
The perception about JNU being 'radical' is one that is as old as JNU itself. But the university is more than just that. At its heart, its campus is a mosaic of ideologies that allow its students to breathe politically.