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‘Indulekha’: A Pioneering Malayalam Novel
Cover Story

‘Indulekha’: A Pioneering Malayalam Novel

by Karthik Venkatesh

The ‘first-ever’ Malayalam novel, Indulekha, was much more than just a great read. It was a catalyst of social change in the rigid, caste-based society of Kerala in the late 19th century. Meet the author, O Chandu Menon, who put pen to paper because his wife was bored of English novels

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1952: The Bombay Blood Type, Auntie Bars and More!

The year was 1952. It was five years after India became an independent nation and Bombay was buzzing with optimism. People were getting used to not seeing uniformed British officers patrolling the streets. The Taj Mahal Hotel, a landmark hotel in Colaba and an architectural marvel built by Jamsetji Tata in 1903, was putting out…

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A Great Robbery That Shook the Raj     

On a busy street at Red Cross Place in Kolkata, three canons stand guard outside a doorway. In present times, an iron collapsible gate is all it takes to keep thieves and vagabonds at bay, so why bring out the heavy artillery?The canons, upturned and ornamental, are clearly markers from another era. Along with a…

Milestones

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The Birth of Tata Steel

In 1907, the birth of Tata Steel marked a new phase in the growth of Indian industry and an important milestone in the #MakingofModernIndia...because it was built against many odds. Here is the story-

Perspectives

Wooing Arunachal: Blueprint For A Geopolitical Hotspot
Perspectives

Wooing Arunachal: Blueprint For A Geopolitical Hotspot

by Verrier Elwin

How did Verrier Elwin, a foreign missionary-turned-Gandhian, end up framing a newly Independent India’s battle for hearts and minds in the North-East? A book written by Elwin in 1957 captures the early days of a unique effort. #ArunachalPradeshDay

Perspectives

Ékushé: How Language Trumped Politics to Birth a Nation

Blame Bengali as a cause for the war in 1971, and you wouldn’t be off the mark. Ékushé, Twenty-first, is the day Bangladesh celebrates as one of its spiritual birth, when the country that wanted to speak Bengali as much as be Bengali, was born in the minds and hearts of its people. On the…

Perspectives

Naoroji’s ‘Drain of Wealth’ Approach: Guiding Indian Nationalism

Beyond brief by-rote study of history at school about the ‘Grand Old Man of India’, not many Indians are aware of the true depth of the achievements of Dadabhai Naoroji. Mathematics prodigy at Bombay’s Elphinstone College, expatriate business representative in London, the first Asian to be elected to the House of Commons as MP in…

Interviews

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Grandfather Gandhi: The Man and his Agenda with Rajmohan Gandhi

Academician Rajmohan Gandhi explains the man behind Mahatma Gandhi the icon, throws light on the resolute Kasturba, and relations between Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Subhash Bose in this exclusive interview. #MakingofModernIndia

Snapshort Histories

Bhagat Singh’s Greatest ‘Fear’
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Bhagat Singh’s Greatest ‘Fear’

by Akshay Chavan

Politicians looking the other way or even fanning communal hatred. The media sensationalising news & playing to the gallery. If this sounds familiar today, you should read this piece on how Bhagat Singh, cited this as the biggest challenge to India...He was right!

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