• Auschwitz: A cry of despair

    As I stood in front of the commemorative plaque reading the words, "For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and half million men, women and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe", someone standing behind said, "My gra...

  • Superpower dreams and the road ahead

    By Kengal Shreepada RenuIndia has to retain its talent if it wants to become an economic powerhouse Since its creation, India's foreign policy was based on non-alignment in a bipolar world made up of the US and Soviet Union. But things changed at the turn of the century. The world be...

  • Why does hair have to be long?

    By Ponnu ElizabethWhen I was thirteen, my teacher told me that I should grow my hair long so that I could find a boy to marry. Though I couldn't make sense of that entirely, I supposed that long hair was considered a prerequisite for beauty and marriage. And, as a girl, my hair was always shor...

  • Will the govt ever lead by example?

    By Wg Cdr GB Athri (retd)It is common knowledge that there are a set of standards laid down by the government, both central and state governments, for taking up any activity in India. For example, if you want to build a home, commercial building, road or a bridge or anything, the...

  • The great exodus, from Andhra to America

    Telugites are mainly obsessed with three things: films, technical education, and the United States of America. Actually, the last two obsessions complement each other. Though our obsession with 'foreign settled and foreign returned' is quite evident, the love Telugu speakers have for the US is incom...

  • A calamity waiting to happen

    During the last fortnight cybercrimes leading to death of victims have been in focus. While the death by suicide of the Salem girl was typical of the instances of cyber stalking, cyber bullying, and defamation, another notable incident which occurred in Bengaluru involved a housewife who fell prey t...

  • Two leaves?

    Cartoon By: Sridhar Comaravalli

  • Red Faced?

    Cartoon By: Sridhar Comaravalli

  • Amsterdam: Canals, museums, and much more

    Being a former police officer, I visited Amsterdam to see how the city, which had legalised commercial sex and soft drug consumption, dealt with crime.Naturally, my first place of visit was the Red Light District known as De Wallen. I began my tour with 800-year-old Oude Kerk, said to be the oldest ...

  • The song of Suhana: Making sense of an uproar

    Fanatical cries against Suhana's singingThe incident pertains to the innocuous rendering of a Kannada devotional song by a young Muslim girl Suhana Syed from Sagara Taluk, Shivamogga district, in a popular Kannada TV musical reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" recently. It was a mega audition event, where...

  • Parrikar: Butter chicken, fish curry and foot in the mouth

    When pacing the cold, stone-lined corridors of South Block, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar famously confessed to fantasising about Goan fish curry over butter chicken, the national capital's ubiquitous calorific treat.Back in Goa as Chief Minister, however, Parrikar's all-too-brief reminis...