Open Forum

Communication Pavilion: Read See Surf Do

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements

A city by you

Even as the drafts of the Government of India’s 12th Five-year Plan foresee shining, unprecedented growth for satellite towns – as many as six are slated to crop up between Delhi and Jaipur – what, we wondered, is the status of the existing ones

We let you plan your own city. But how well do you know the other cities of India? Find out below, with some unique statistics and visuals to help you along…

Read See Surf Do

Footsteps through the salad is where Gerard Durrell meets Wikipedia. Tim Wrey, a former advertising agency employee in London, moved to Auroville in 1977, after what should have been a 48-hour layover in 1973 turned into a life-long love affair.


A compilation of lectures, part of a series called Science in India: Past and Present, this book is an essential reckoner for not only developments in science in India, but also history, philosophy, and medicine.

Green Glow

The festival of lights shone, as always, with oodles of sparkle. But this Diwali, even as a few splurged on firecrackers, others chose to light up their homes frugally, and yet stylishly.

Puppy profiteering

Bred for profit, Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds and Afghan Hounds suffer silently while their puppy-sized progeny are racked with genetic diseases and defects.

Convention on Biological Diversity – a short recap

As India preps for the 11th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which will be held from 1-19 October, 2012, in Hyderabad, we decided to take a look at what world leaders had agreed to do at the 10th CBD meet in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.

Wish list for a Better India

Would it not be great if we could grow a forest overnight? Or call in the monsoons whenever and wherever we wanted? 

Hairy Business, this!

Padma is 28 years old and lives in a small, dusty village in the outskirts of Chennai.