The Telegraph
| Sunday, May 22, 2016 |


Sowing saffron, reaping lotus

Shivaji makes way for Sankardev. There is no talk of banning beef. Instead, there is re-telling of regional history and embracing local icons. A new idiom for a new land - that is the BJP-RSS strategy to gain a foothold in the Northeast, report V. Kumara Swamy, Sonia Sarkar and Prasun Chaudhuri

The saffron flag is out - and there is cause for celebration. Seventy years after a seed was planted in Guwahati by a young pracharak (preacher), the tree has borne fruit. Not surprisingly, the mood in the 830-odd Rashtriya Swayamsevak... | Read»

Crossing the bar

Like manic monsoons, dance bars too were intrinsic to Mumbai life till a whimsical minister swooped in and razed them. Ten years and a Supreme Court directive later they are yet to regain their lost sheen, says Velly Thevar

Live Orchestra, says the signboard outside a nondescript building. That's the signal for those looking for a dance bar in Mumbai. A live orchestra, in most restaurants, translates into a band with... | Read»

When men are victims

Man battering is a reality and the time has come to speak up against it, activists tell Avijit Chatterjee

Kangana Ranaut never fails to create a buzz. But the recent public battle with Hrithik Roshan - which prompted her ex-boyfriend, Adhyayan Suman, to jump into the battle - has turned the spotlight... | Read»

Author, author

An adult film actress with a great body, of work of course, a student activist with infectious skepticism and one viral speech, the daughter of, mind it, the superstar to beat all stars. Have-story-will-make-you-tell is the trending mantra of publishers, says Smitha Verma

Sunny Leone was used to being offered film roles. So she was taken by surprise when the proposal that came her way was not for a meaty part - but for a book. She said yes to the publisher, and in... | Read»

Who's that girl?

After a slew of indie films and a spot of Bollywood mainstream, Calcutta 
girl Sayani Gupta is now prepping for her grand Hollywood debut. Sharmistha Ghosal reports

"Actress Sarika once told me I am the female Irrfan Khan," she says and dissolves into laughter. "But I don't want to be stamped a serious actress. I am a very goofy person, too. I... | Read»