• News 360: Major fire in cracker factory in Mumbai, 9 dead February 27, 2014

    A major fire broke out on Thursday evening at a cracker factory in Alibaug near Mumbai. At least nine people are feared dead in the incident. The incident took place around 3 pm. ...
  • A Conversation About Rape

    THE NEWSROOM BLOG |  H R Venkatesh
    As I waited at the Delhi-Noida toll booth on the drive to work on Friday, I rang a friend. Don't you know a woman ...

  • Foodgrains left to rot in open in Punjab June 17, 2013

    Gurdaspur: The government might be trying hard to get its ambitious Food Bill passed in Parliament, but it is doing very little to improve storage infrastructure for foodgrains in the country. With the monsoon lashing the fertile state of Punjab, precious foodgrains are set to rot because of the lack...
  • Music review: Three Wheels, Nine Lives October 31, 2012

    Colourblind Chameleons Chuck a stone into any college campus in metropolitan India, and chances are it would land on a student who plays in a rock band. That’s how common they are now. No real story there. Okay then, how about those who’ve made their name by not covering songs...
  • Irrigation scam: Farmers' land rights should be ensured, says Gadkari October 6, 2012

    BJP President Nitin Gadkari lashed out at the Congress for targetting him over his letter to the Centre. ...
  • 'Six Metres of Pavement' defeats easy stereo-typing July 22, 2012

    "Want to review some queer fiction?" "Sure", I said, and that's how I got reading Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor. But the book defeats easy stereo-typing and it's as much about queers as Hum Aapke Ke Hain Kaun! is about Hindus. Yes, there are plenty of them in...
  • 'A Free Man' is big, both on form and substance December 22, 2011

    'A Free Man' by Aman Sethi is smallish and compact, much like its protagonist Mohammed Ashraf. The book comes encased in an elegant white dust jacket that to me cried out to be picked up. And once I turned a few pages, I found I couldn't put it down easily,...
  • Rahul Gandhi arrested and released May 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was released on personal bond late on Wednesday night, a couple of hours after being arrested by Uttar Pradesh police. He reached Delhi late on Wednesday night. The Congress General Secretary is now back in Delhi. He was held at the Kasna jail...
  • The scent of 'middle class' revolution

    THE NEWSROOM BLOG |  H R Venkatesh
    H R Venkatesh recorded impressions during a night out at the agitation in Jantar Mantar. "Is there even one person here who ...

  • What Bangalore wants from Yeddy's government May 27, 2008

    Bridgetown: Legendary former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has yet again slammed the West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) management of the sport in the region and said its treatment of senior players leaves a lot to be desired. In an interview with a British tabloid, Holding accused WICB chief...
  • Looking for Yeddyurappa?

    THE NEWSROOM BLOG |  H R Venkatesh
    H R Venkatesh sent updates from his phone, till 5 pm in the evening on Counting Day, Karnataka. Here are excerpts. 4:30 ...

  • First flight takes from the new Bengaluru airport May 24, 2008

    New Delhi: A TV 'sting operation' may have cast doubts over the credibility of the IPL but Delhi Daredevils batsman Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said the team's focus has not changed despite the spot-fixing allegations as regards some players. No Delhi player has been associated with the inquiry but five...
  • Feeling the waters: Mangalore may vote Cong May 14, 2008

    Port of Spain: Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels that Australia lacks the fire-power to reclaim the Ashes from Andrew Strauss's Englishmen. I don't think this Australian team is a very good squad. I think they are okay, a reasonable set of cricketers, but I don't see them...