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lead essay
So the grinches stole Christmas and your faith in democracy. There's more to life. Isn't there? Cricket? Um.... The economy? Well, whatever. Just...
cinema
Celebrating the Bambaiyya gift to world culture: those heavy-breathing moments when the story pauses, the plot ceases to exist, only the pursuit of pure joy via naach matters.
graphic almanac
The many lunar moodswings of the year personified as twelve studs in the buff
Tv humour
With the sights and sounds of the streets swamping our angrezi shows, we now live in the timepass times of a brand of livewire funnies modelled on 'the other Indian'
Laloo Yadav
His is rough and ready wit, and none of it mugged up from antiquated how-tos a la Sidhuisms. They are home-grown, rustic and fulsome as milk from a cow's udders.
Laloo Mutter Bheja Fry
motherhood
Making babies is fun, having them is not. Of all of life's events, becoming parents is the most conservatising. Any pretensions to radicalness are the first casualty. But...
people
How the glimmerati shim-sham-shimmied, beat the dhol and socialised with sharks
humour
Apologies to the gent who sent us our Gujarat opinion poll cover. As for the rest, here they are, Sardarji jokes, Laloo jokes or whatever—this one time, we plead not guilty.
We're one but we're not the same. North, South, East or West, we cling to our identities and our cardinal directions like we cling to our vices. Party pieces from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore.
music
In a land that can boast of a Bhimsen Joshi and a Lata Mangeshkar, why auditory hell blares out in almost every neighbourhood boggles the mind
true life comix
Probably the funniest horror of the year. The terror of the small town, the monster of the mofussil. It's a bird, it's a beast, it's ...
Sleaze
Today's go-go cola girls have traversed a path well travelled. A look back on some of the, shall we say, landmarks.
Diary
20 Things That Are No Fun At All
National
Events of the year -- cataclysms that vent their fury on a weary people and the vox populi expressed through trials, triumphs.
congress
Will the Congress this new year refrain from cussedness and forge an alliance against a BJP high on Hindutva?
Politics
The upwardly mobile
minorities
Belying the Sangh's claims, experts say Indian Muslims hold no jehadi sentiments
terrorism
For all the song and dance, the BJP has made zero headway on terrorism—save for rhetoric that yields electoral profits, like in Gujarat
From the Editor-in-Chief
In John Osborne's celebrated play Look Back in Anger, the cynical and morally disengaged hero, Jimmy Porter, laments, "There are no good causes left." Happily, that is not true of India 2003.
Business
economy
Pulled by realeconomik and pushed by realpolitik, North Block may be forced to balance its act and opt for the middle path
Figureheads
Gainers and losers from the corporate world.
Society
Sports
Sports
The success stories of 2002
Arts & Entertainment
Movies
The hits and flops from the world of entertainment
Books
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