Stop Playing Divisive Politics

Several Indo-Pak couples have expressed the difficulties they face in day-to-day lives, and the narrow-minded views of leaders such as Laxman only exacerbate them, derailing any possibility of a peaceful solution to neighbourly antagonism.

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Here Comes the Bride… Again: The Politics of a Second Wedding

For one, there’s an element of both joy and wistfulness about the whole affair. You’re happy, of course, but there are complicated emotions involved – memories, both painful and sweet, play on loop as flashbacks from your first wedding, scenes from your former marriage show up uninvited on the projector screen of your mind, conversations with your ex-spouse lie invisibly between the lines of even the most earnest endearments to your new one.

Two Infertile Husbands, Several Heartbreaks and a Baby Girl

After all those years of desire and disappointment, the clouds of Padma’s karma suddenly cleared up to a bright Mumbai morning on February 7 this year. “Just six months after registering, we were called to the orphanage to see a little girl. It was a miracle that we got our turn so soon,” says Padma.

Movie Review: Her

Despite being a movie with only subtle special effects, no fast-paced action, no (real) sex, no exquisite landscapes, no beautiful people, no heartrending sentimentality, not even a real person to play the part of the female lead, 'Her' is a remarkable love story.

A Suitable Indian Boy

What is it like for a Western woman to be married to an Indian man, to adjust to not just his quirks but also those of his family, community and country?

Fate by Design: Create Your Own Destiny

What you believe is what you see, and what you expect is what you get.

Why You Should Seek Meaning, Not Fortune or Glory

Fame, fortune, power, glory… you’d think humans chase after these because they guarantee happiness. But research says otherwise – these are shortlived indicators of a person’s sense of happiness and well-being.

Wedding Vows December 2013 editorial

I cannot help but recall the chilling events of last December when a 23-year-old Delhi-based physiotherapy student’s life was snuffed out in yet another instance of gender violence that now dot newspapers with alarming frequency. A happy wedding was not in her destiny.

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar: Parent Trap

Days before a CBI court in Ghaziabad is to announce its verdict on the controversial murder case, Dr Rajesh and Dr Nupur Talwar, who are the prime accused for the murder of their daughter, find solace in relating anecdotes from her life and looking desperately for the meaning in the unimaginable tale of grief, suffering and frustration they have been subjected to over the past five years.

Sumedh Rajendran and Masooma Syed: In Art and War

Ten years into a relationship that has been tested unreasonably due to their nationalities, the famous duo wear their Indo-Pak badge lightly, even with raised eyebrows.

Book Review: Proof of Heaven, by Dr Eben Alexander

Over the past four hundred years or so, the chasm between spirituality and science has grown wider and wider, so that today, it is considered unscientific to talk about God. One needs to seek 'proof of heaven', as it were, before committing to any belief.

Book Review: The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Set in early 19th-century Europe and America when science was quickly gaining popularity for making better sense than religion when it came to explaining the language of the universe, the novel -- Gilbert's second in 13 years -- traces the rich life of Alma Whittaker, the only daughter of a passionate botanical explorer and his very rational Dutch wife.

SN Goenka: He Brought Out the Buddha in Us

As the news of the death of SN Goenka, the founder of the Dhamma organization that teaches Vipassana meditation across the globe, made its way across the virtual world on the night of September 29 this year, the memory of a 56-year-old grandmother from a village in Haryana, a state in northern India, struck me.

Book Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

If only common sense was that common, goes the refrain. Rolf Dobelli’s book The Art of Thinking Clearly, already a best-seller in several parts of the world before it made its entry into India, explains the components of common sense in 99 pithy chapters.

Blame It on the Gene Pool

These days, however, a swashbuckling new stream of genetics – epigenetics – has started to display that, in fact, not only can nature be altered by nurture, but that nature actually influences nurture in the first place. One only has to glance at Indian politics to see how, with the stroke of a father’s name on one’s birth certificate, doors open and vice presidencies to ruling parties are handed out – a classic example, if ever, of epigenetical benefits.

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