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Flirting with booze & bombs

Karachi, You're Killing Me!
Rs 499

Ayesha is a 28-year-old journalist who hasn’t been paid a salary in a while, and has to stretch her last two hundred rupees to pay for her auto fare while filing stories for her oblivious boss, Kamran.

Bengal’s cricketing tiger

The 1950s can be considered the dark ages of Indian cricket when the national team lurched from one disastrous defeat to another. Having made a promising start in the 1930s, this was the bleakest decade for the game in the country.

The fine art of fact-fudging

The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra
Rs 599

The 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat under the watch of chief minister and home minister Narendra Modi was arguably the worst communal carnage in India since Independence.

A love story with delicate ellipses

The first paragraph of Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone made my heart plummet, just like the imagined descent of the silver circlet from Scylax’s hands into the crocodile infested Indus river.

Little Laila was taught that God creates everyone and also leads everyone back to Godself after death. So, she prayed: “Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?” Laila’s prayer may never be answered; but, Easter does assure us that life, not death, is what we’re created for.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.