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Give us our gods back!

Shashi Tharoor says the British Museum should change its name to Chor Bazaar because whatever it has within its portals is the result of 200 years of theft.The museum is once again in the eye of a......

When Adi Shankaracharya met the chandala...

Pavan K Varma, diplomat, writer and politician, embarks on a quest about Hinduism's great thinker's stay in Varanasi. IMAGE: The murti of Adi Shankaracharya at the SAT temple in California.......

Why History is more important now than ever before

'Studying History, we come close to all of the messiness of human life -- we understand what motivates people, what makes them get along or go to war, what dreams they had for themselves and their......

'There's no word like Chennai in Tamil'

The Chennai Central train station. Photo: Courtesy, Arian Zwegers/Wikimedia.org ‘Madras is a Tamil word while Chennai is Telugu. Without the English, there would have been no Madras.......

Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize shortlist announced

The Shakti Bhatt Foundation announces the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize shortlist: If It is Sweet, Mridula Koshy (Westland-Tranquebar)Arzee the Dwarf, Chandrahas Choudhury......

Special: Excerpts from Mohammed Rafi's life

Iconic singer Mohammed Rafi would have been 88 today, had he been alive. On his birth anniversary on December 24, we present excerpts from the book written by his daughter-in-law Yasmin K......

Samit Basu, weaving fantasies galore

Samit Basu, popularly known as the Boy Wonder in literary circles, was barely 23 when he completed The Simoqin Prophecies, a cheeky, wonderfully imaginative book that was billed as India's first......

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