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What We Saw During A Visit To Kolkata's Largest Red Light Area

Ashok Alexander, who headed the the Gates Foundation's HIV/AIDS prevention programme Avahan for over 10 years, speaks about what he observed and learnt during his visits to brothels in Sonagachi, in his new book A Stranger Truth.
Illustration by Keshav Kapil
Features

A Monster and a Gentleman: The Story of the Ramsays' Villain

Anirudh Agarwal, the fearsome character from Bollywood’s horror films, is really a romantic at heart

Voices & Views

What critical parlour aunties taught me

A facial is about anything but pampering yourself

True Stories

How A Taxi Driver Saved My Grandmother's Life And Found A Home For Us

It was an angel, in a black and yellow Ambassador, who turned out to be a saviour.

Art of Living

Want To Improve Your Learning Ability? Here's How

From turning down the music to snacking on fish, the latest research on how to improve your ability to learn

Health & Wellness

Dial Down Your Migraine

Preventing and coping with the worst kind of pain

Features

A Little Adventure

Set out on a hiking trip this winter -- explore these trails with friends and family.

Books and Culture

Amitava Kumar's Favourite 10

An author of several books of non-fiction and two novels, Kumar's writing has appeared in Harper's magazine, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. He teaches English at Vassar College, New York.

Humour

How To Be A Movie Icon

You need these qualities to be a movie star in India—acting talent is for losers!

Illustration by Priya Kuriyan
True Stories

How I ticked off George Harrison

… and got into Martin Scorsese’s film on the third Beatle 35 years later

Why I Became A Teacher
True Stories

Why I Became A Teacher

An educator remembers her mentors with transformative superpowers

Model Reshma Qureshi Recounts The Horror Of Being Attacked With Acid In Shocking Detail
Books and Culture

Model Reshma Qureshi Recounts The Horror Of Being Attacked With Acid In Shocking Detail

"Even if I practised hard I could never again scream the way I did that day. Even the devil would cover his ears if he had heard me that day."

The Call of the Big Blue: Round the World with One Good Leg
Features

The Call of the Big Blue: Round the World with One Good Leg

An army man with only one leg sets off on a sailboat, driven by his mad ambition to circumnavigate the globe

These Children are Home, But Not Alone
True Stories

These Children are Home, But Not Alone

The SOS Children’s Villages International continue to bring hope to orphaned kids around the world