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Each poem by Umrao Jaan opened a new window into Rekha’s soul: Muzaffar Ali

In 'Zikr', Muzaffar Ali takes you behind the scenes of the Rekha's Umrao Jaan—she went through it gracefully, true to a culture completely alien to her.

CavinKare – Shampoo sachet that was the true pioneer of Middle India market

In ‘Winning Middle India’, Bala Srinivasa and T.N. Hari narrate the story of Indian start-ups, audacious founders, and technology-led solutions.

Ukrainians, Russians sacrificing lives for an illusion called ‘nation’

One expects that the Ukrainians and Russians would learn a lesson about the futility of war after a casual visit to Andriyivskyy Descent where WWII insignia is sold on the streets.

The Japanese saw Netaji as the ‘god of war’. They called him Chandora-san

In ‘The War Diary of Asha-san’, Lt Bharati Asha Sahay Choudhry gives a first-hand account of the Azad Hind movement led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

How Ramiz Raja made extraordinary efforts to halt a Pakistan women cricket series

The high-profile cricket and political movement—India’s rare 2004 tour of Pakistan—overshadowed one of the finest moments in Pakistan women’s cricket.

Jangarh Singh Shyam—tribal painter from Madhya Pradesh who put India on global art map

Jangarh Singh Shyam is credited as the originator of the Pardhan style of painting, also known as Jangarh Kalam.

When Muslim League and Congress agreed to Partition plan ‘behind the scenes’

In 'The 1947 Partition of British India', Jennifer Leaning gives less-known accounts of the Partition plan.

‘If Hindus are snakes, Muslims are mongooses’—love jihad, Yogi govt, and a couple in a fix

In 'The Newly Weds', Mansi Choksi gives an account of three couples who risked everything for the sake of love.

She is not your lady, you talk too much—what Indian judges have said to women in the courtroom

Back in a revised paperback edition, ‘Intimacy Undone’ draws upon Malavika Rajkotia's personal encounters to comment on marriage, divorce & family law in India.

1967 Mizoram became template for India’s counter-insurgency operations. None worked since then

In 'In Hard Times', Praveen Swami says that India’s policymakers have been too seduced by force and argues for a policing-led model to be used instead.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.