52 Detail

A weekly series of reported essays from 52.

Week Thirty Four

Friends

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.’

Week Thirty Three

Scales

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.

Week Thirty Two

The Testimony

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.

Week Thirty One

Borders

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

Week Thirty

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

Hathi

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

Kamla

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

Milk

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

Week One

Collision

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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