The impartial spectator

Penny’s gift, Sheldon’s obligation: This episode from the TV sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ gives a fresh perspective on the culture of gifting<br />

The economics of gifting

4 min read . 26 Oct 2013
Policemen at Shakti Mills, a week after a woman was gang raped here. Photo: Ranil Mukherjee/AFP<br />

In the twilight zone

4 min read . 14 Sep 2013
Trams outside the Victoria Railway Station in Bombay in 1915. Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images<br />

Once upon a time in Mumbai

4 min read . 31 Aug 2013
A scientist at Ranbaxy Laboratories in Gurgaon. Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg<br />

The loneliness of dissent

3 min read . 01 Jun 2013
Women queue up for coal amid buildings gutted by German bombs in London in 1947 with smiles and calm. Photo: Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images<br />

What queues tell us about a society

3 min read . 02 Mar 2013
Raj Griha, B.R. Ambedkar's residence in Dadar, Mumbai. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint.<br />

The delightful human chaos of Dadar

4 min read . 16 Feb 2013
Kosambi visited, among other places, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Photo: Courtesy Dr Meera Kosambi/Permanent Black<br />

Two pundits on the road

4 min read . 18 Jan 2013
New technology, like the cellphone, has empowered people. Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images<br />
In Chakravyuh, Abhay Deol plays a converted, anti-corporations Maoist.<br />

The backlash against business

5 min read . 22 Nov 2012
Nehru’s sartorial tastes have endured, with various interpretations of the bandhgala by today’s fashion designers. Photo: Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images<br />

A sartorial theory of politics

4 min read . 11 Oct 2012
Is the Gujarati middle class ‘beauty-conscious’, as Modi says? Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP<br />

The puzzle that is dietary discipline

4 min read . 13 Sep 2012