The Telegraph
| Sunday, February 28, 2016 |


What's so queer?

Gay characters have made an appearance in Hindi films for decades now, but mostly as caricatures or as stereotypical portrayals. Manjula Sen believes that Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh — the true story of a professor who is outed — marks a new beginning

A male professor in an intimate relationship with a rickshaw-puller: Aligarh (2016). A gay man in love with a bisexual male: Double Standard (2015). An intern stealing his colleague's husband: Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Yeh (2013). An aspiring model... | Read»

Bye-bye textbooks, hello tablets

Digital books are replacing textbooks in some schools. Don't read, just watch, says Prasun Chaudhuri

It's quite like watching television, says an excited Aditee Roy. The 11-year-old Bangalore student has been looking at videos of the Ajanta and Ellora caves in class. "Everything comes alive... | Read»

Grinding ginger and onions

Economist Kaushik Basu picked up his first lessons on the Indian economy at the Coffee House in the Delhi School of Economics. On any normal day, you could find a future Nobel Laureate in economics there, or even a future prime minister, he writes in a new book. Extracts: 

The India story is a tale that has been told often enough, but the same is not true of the Indian economy story, the presumption being that that would be drudgery for the writer and the reader, and... | Read»

'A book is like a secret flame'

Anuradha Roy, winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016, doesn’t like gala book launches. People who attend them seldom buy books, she tells Sharmistha Ghosal

The 14-year-old girl from Hyderabad bought herself a camera putting together the 40 rupees she earned for each story that got published in local newpapers. Almost 34 years later, she plans to... | Read»

Want a baby? Get off the bike

Men who exercise too much and take steroids to build their muscles may be courting infertility, warns Varuna Verma

Sameer Singh was stumped when his medical reports revealed he had an abnormally low sperm count. The 33-year-old Mumbai-based model and public relations executive always believed he was fighting fit. | Read»