Noise, for the actor-poet, is also the morning aazaan that Sonu Nigam the singer tweeted about, but in her telling it is about much, much more.
This week: What ten years of Pornhub data tells us about human sexuality, how smartphones are altering us as individuals and the internet’s transient memory.
This week’s column explores what goes into the creation of a city by looking at pieces about Andhra Pradesh’s Amaravati and Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.
Instead of casting humans as a hapless race, ‘Wonder Woman’ brings out the conflict about humans – mankind is inherently corrupted but is also capable of love.
This week looks at why we’re so good at resisting facts that don’t fit our worldview and what that says about how we understand the media’s role in society.
In its latest season, ‘House of Cards’ fails to compete with the outrage-inducing politics of the real world, but manages to conclude on an interesting note.
This week’s column looks at how photographs and pictures help us process trauma but also produce it, in addition to a piece on the poor treatment of domestic workers in India.
Minhaj’s animated, immersive storytelling lends his Netflix show a cathartic feeling that keeps you engaged not only through the funny bits, but also the serious anxieties of being brown in the US.
This week’s column looks at why ‘motherhood’ isn’t considered a serious subject to write about, the cultural and legal mess surrounding surrogacy, and the special bonds we share with our friends’ moms.
Justin Bieber’s lacklustre performance in Mumbai has put off not only his detractors but also his fans. Was it worth it?
This week’s column discusses how the clothes we choose to wear can function as a form of cultural and political protest – and if that’s always effective.
Hirsh Sawhney, the author of ‘South Haven’ on the relationship between literary fiction and politics and the connection between trauma and ideology.
A new research project that examines the impact of surveillance on women offers wider answers about the relationship between data, power and autonomy.
This week’s column looks at articles providing insight into the ongoing migrant crisis by focusing on conditions in Jordan, Greece, the US and Canada.
This week’s column looks at some of the different ways people think about hard work – in the US, in India, as white or blue-collar workers, as Dalit women – and the varying importance of it in their lives.
This week’s column reflects on the politics of the Oscars and the significance we attach to the politicised identities of entertainers and their statements.
This week’s column looks at multiple interpretations of feminism and gender equality.
If forced to leave, it is unclear where exactly the refugees would go since reports indicate intensifying persecution in Myanmar.
In conversation with Karan Mahajan on writing contemporary novels, memory, political correctness and a post-Trump US.
“When I think about it – in a weird way, I’ve stopped pandering to myself.”
Left historians have deliberately created an education system that distorts Indian history, says Dattatreya Hosabale
The Man Booker Prize winner is not an unwilling interviewee. Rather, he doesn’t want to subscribe to labels the meanings of which he is unsure of.
This week’s column looks at the point behind sharing videos of the Bengaluru assault, Kim Kardashian’s calculated return to social media and emotional work.
This week’s column is about the hurdles of maintaining friendships across long distances, changes in financial status and language barriers.
Multinational brands that offer culturally ambiguous products – like the McVeggie burger – will get to define global citizenship in the coming year.
This week’s column is about Sweden’s cashless economy, the link between mobile wallets and expanding waistlines and how a man hid $400 million.
This week’s column looks at different takes on Mosul that go beyond dry facts and humanise the city’s embattled residents and the soldiers fighting for them
As the unorganised sector continues suffering, civil society members, bankers and politicians remain sceptical of demonetisation’s impact on black money.
This week’s column is an attempt to find uplifting life advice on how to constructively contribute to the world amidst personal and political confusion.
This week’s column examines the creative ways, other than comedic skits, with which people choose to express political dissent.
This week’s column deals with how, sometimes, the very things that are supposed to make us happier end up doing the opposite.
This week’s column deals with food – is it a matter of national pride or the best example of globalisation?
Chetan Bhagat discusses his new book “One Indian Girl” and answer questions on themes such as sexism at the workplace, female friendships, romantic relationships and his idea of feminism.
This week’s column deals with our relationships with stories. What do we expect from the fiction we read and who owns a story, the writer or the reader?
In addition to staffers resigning unexpectedly, the university’s decision to moderate its students’ emails has raised concerns about their freedom of speech.
Being mortal ensures that we will all experience the loss of a loved one sooner or later, yet we consider the emotional aftermath of losing someone as somehow incommunicable. The pieces in this week’s column don’t just discuss death and loss but bring to light the universality of grief.
Sharath Sriram, associate professor at RMIT, just won the Eureka prize for his groundbreaking work on artificial memory cells that mimic the human brain.
At a time when even Pakistani artists working in India are being made to feel the heat, suspicious pigeons surely cannot be expected to get off lightly.
This week’s column looks at the different ways we talk about women and why we focus on the the particular things that we do.
The ‘thing’ for this week’s column is war – what nations expect from soldiers and the unexpected societal consequences of losing.