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Gyan Chaupar—the spiritual ancestor of Snakes and Ladders

The medieval game was meant to educate players on which traits and practices were morally desirable and what consequences lay in store for negative habits.

Odia literature was always compared to Bengali literature, looked down upon

'The Big Book of Odia Literature', edited by Manu Dash, chronicles the history of Odia language, literature, and song since the 10th century.

When ‘Times of India’ advised the govt to slap sedition charges against Tilak

In 'Tilak: The Empire’s Biggest Enemy', Vaibhav Purandare chronicles the life of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the father of Indian unrest.

What’s the Hornbill’s origin story? Naga legend says it was once a sad, orphaned boy

In 'How The World Was Born', Lopamudra Maitra recalls 108 glorious creation tales and myths from all corners of India.

A mammoth fight between Krishna & a thousand-armed king gave Assam’s Tezpur its name

In 'How The World Was Born', Lopamudra Maitra recalls 108 glorious creation tales and myths from all corners of India.

Wives and supermodels—How IndiGo marketed to men in sales, IT, and consulting

In 'Sky High: The Untold Story of IndiGo', Tarun Shukla narrates how IndiGo's branding set it apart from other airlines when it was launched.

Chirus, Anals to Thadous — the origin stories of Manipur’s ethnic communities

In 'How The World Was Born', Lopamudra Maitra recalls 108 glorious creation tales and myths from all corners of India.

Why Manmohan Singh's India was similar to the failing Weimar Republic

In 'The Republic Relearnt', Radha Kumar looks back at Indian democracy. She writes that it has been repeatedly punctured prior to the Emergency and many times since.

Safdar Hashmi's first major play wanted ‘people to vote Communist’. Thousands turned up in UP

In 'Safdar Hashmi: Towards Theatre for a Democracy', Anjum Katyal chronicles the contributions of a politically charged artiste to Indian Theatre.

Mughals didn’t bring kababs to India. They existed in 12th century Banaras

From the ghats and religiosity to its weavers and food, Vertul Singh explores Varanasi's culture and history in ‘Banaras’.

On Camera

Zomato has become the brand ambassador for food cheating between couples

Zomato’s new ‘order delete’ feature is teaching young people to pull off a nearly perfect lie in front of their parents and handing spouses the perfect weapon for food infidelity.

‘Robot tax' for AI-induced job loss & ‘wealth tax' on vacant land — RSS-affiliate SJM's Budget wish list

In pre-budget meeting held in June with Finance Minister Sitharaman, Swadeshi Jagran Manch suggested incentivising those generating more employment & measures to control food inflation.

BrahMos a wonderful symbol but Philippines lacks capability to operate, says Ashley Tellis

If a country did not have C4ISR capability, having a missile was a wonderful symbol but not of much operational use, says former senior adviser to US state department.

Modi's new universe: the normal irritants of democracy & awkward chai with Rahul Gandhi

Changed reality for Modi govt in its 3rd innings is by no means rise of a new phenomenon. It's a return to old normal where even majorities had to routinely wrestle with storied million mutinies.