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Week Thirty Six
Ambassador by Narayani Basu; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for


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She aced independent India's first civil services examination. Then she made history by exposing the misogyny of the country's elite diplomatic corps.
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Week Thirty Four
Friends by Ankur Pathak; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah


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Twenty years ago, a film about the bond between three posh Bombay boys changed the rules of Hindi cinema. Here’s an oral history of ‘Dil Chahta Hai.’
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Week Thirty Three
Scales by Kamakshi Ayyar; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah on


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Over 50,000 Indians die of snakebite every year. We know how to save these lives—but producing the cure is easier said than done.
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Week Thirty Two
The Testimony by Monica Jha; Illustration by Akshaya Zachariah for

The Testimony

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Hundreds of children from Bihar's Gaya district had been trafficked to Jaipur's bangle workshops. Then, a group of boys escaped against all odds.
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Week Thirty One
Borders by Saba Imtiaz; Ilustration by Akshaya Zachariah for


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Many in Pakistan have considered the sari a foreign item of clothing. Generations of Pakistani women have insisted on wearing it anyway.
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The Knife

Firebrand revolutionary, renowned administrator, betrayed communist icon. K.R. Gouri will go down in history as one of the tallest leaders of her time and place.

Week Twenty Seven


Millions suffered through terror and upheaval in the turbulent years following the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. One of them was a baby elephant from India.

Week Twenty Five

The Dig

The Keeladi excavations may alter the world’s ideas about the earliest Indians. But progress hasn’t been smooth for one of the country’s most sensational archaeological projects.

Week Eleven


She was shunted out of the history of India’s most prestigious business school. On her birth centenary, a researcher redresses the record.

Week Five


For a few days in 1995, many Indians believed a religious idol had developed a lifelike ability to drink milk.

Week One


Twenty-four years ago, two burning planes plunged into the mustard and cotton fields of a Haryana village. It changed the way we fly

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