In our many years of friendship I have never heard Arpita Singh talk about her art; it is a subject she studiously avoids
If she appears pleasant, and instinctively knowing, it's because she's grown up among courtiers in the oldest court in town
There is a degree of civility, efficiency, cleanliness and cultural ease here that has all but vanished in the squalid, chaotic and rootless urban agglomerations of the Hindi heartland
2018 was a commendable year for offerings in history and biography
Desperate times need desperate actions, and the BJP's only option is to enforce legislation to build a Ram mandir
Sardar Patel's bronze monolith cost nearly Rs 30 billion; Rama's statue topped by a glittering canopy will come at a heavier price
Adored and reviled in equal measure, Nehru's legacy is obscured but not altogether erased. In the age of ephemeral Instagrams and quick click selfies it is not charmless
In Delhi itself there is no land to spare
Perhaps the most harrowing account is by Ghazala Wahab of her days at The Asian Age, an ugly cat-and-mouse game of molesting and emotional blackmail inside the editor's cabin
Did men and women of redoubtable experience and public service, upholders of the country's steel frame and paragons of corporate governance, never smell a rat?
Despite a 2013 Supreme Court ban, manual scavenging has far from disappeared more than a century after Gandhi's tireless fight to eradicate the blight
To argue that coming out was easier for the few in the anonymity and privilege of big cities as opposed to the many in the stifling oppression of small towns and villages is true
The inescapable lifeline of the bluffocrat is the number of Facebook page 'likes', Twitter or Instagram followers totted up per millisecond
Karunanidhi was a ruthless political opponent, steadfast in eliminating rivals in the DMK hierarchy, fighting MGR's AIADMK tooth and nail and playing ducks and drakes with Gandhi family-led Congress
Why can't a country that builds and manages airports of acknowledged excellence at home and abroad produce passports of durable quality for its citizens?