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Cover Story

Brave New world

In this anniversary and year-end issue combined, Outlook looks at a range of stories of hope, despair and redemption. We delve into this apocalyptic version of the new world.

January 17, 2022
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  • Lede

    Song Sung Blue

    How will the world end? With a whimper, as Eliott predicted? Or in a yawn, as Pope said it would.

    January 17, 2022 | Arundhathi Subramaniam
  • Pralay

    End Of Days

    Doomsday is not in the future. It’s here and now.

    January 17, 2022 | Ruchir Joshi

Other Stories

Ideology

Horsemen Cometh

The success of liberal capitalist democracies sows seeds of their own destruction by their detritus

January 17, 2022 | Aakash Singh Rathore
Short Story

Meowdi

An story written for Outlook. Translated from the original in Tamil by Kavitha Muralidharan.

January 17, 2022 | Perumal Murugan
Technology

Back To The Future

‘Non-human’ entities rule our world. And we are mere puppets in the Great Game.

January 17, 2022 | Ashish Avikunthak
Counterpoint

Apocalpse! How?

Our planet remains inexhaustible, as inexhaustible as our capacity for instruction and exp­loration.

January 17, 2022 | Pico Iyer
Performing Arts

Parched Cullture Withering Leisure

The pandemic aggravated the digital divide between the haves and have-nots among stage artistes

January 17, 2022 | T.M. Krishna
Liberty

Prison Diary

Uncertainty keeps political prisoners hanging between hope and hopelessness

January 17, 2022 | Umar Khalid
Movies

Time Of The Living Dead

How zombie films, or almost-zombie films, have dealt with apocalypse, social crisis and personal desolation

January 17, 2022 | Jai Arjun Singh
Poetry

Incomplete Account Of Diverse Voyages

Poetry by Rohith, a doctor and poet from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

January 17, 2022 | Rohith
Relationships

What's That Feeling Called?

If anything will save us, it will be empathy and love in our darkest days

January 17, 2022 | Sakoon Singh
Photofeature

Death Up Close

Dalits have been forced to handle the dead for centuries. The manner in which they are compelled to handle the bodies...

January 17, 2022 | Arun Vijai Mathavan
Essay

Almanac Of Darkness

My apocalypse came in images—an abandoned horse, a body wrapped in plastic and the story of a professor who was...

January 17, 2022 | Chinki Sinha
Migration

Road To Perdition

The sufferings of migrant workers have become the most rivetingly tragic tale of our times

January 17, 2022 | Ashwani Kumar
Kerala

A Widening Gulf

Critically dependant on remittances from the Gulf, Kerala’s economy is staring at an abyss after lakhs returned home...

January 17, 2022 | Rejimon Kuttappan
Humour

The Joke Is On You!

Like the resilient cockroach, comics have an in-built ability to survive any apocalyptic period

January 17, 2022 | Sanjay Rajoura
Poetry

The Leaf-Shredder

According to the oral tradition of the Ao Nagas, there were some special men and women who were endowed with powers...

January 3, 2022 | Temsula Ao
Musings

Through The Eye Of The Third Kind

Snapshots of a city seen through photographs—people, places and poetry

January 17, 2022 | Kushal Poddar
Kashmir

The Gilded Cage

‘Normal’ is not a state of life in the militancy-hit Valley. It’s a shiny factoid woven into every movement, manufactured in...

January 17, 2022 | Ather Zia
Digital Life

Life In A #ashtag

Looking for solitude while playing fastest finger first in a world of social media rules

January 17, 2022 | Ashutosh Bhardwaj
Loneliness

I Of The Storm

The pandemic taught the world to battle emptiness and also to seek the meaning of life and love in the people around them

January 17, 2022 | Chandan Gomes
AFSPA

Fright Nights

An account of detention and torture by security forces led to a play depicting the horrors of a draconian law

January 17, 2022 | Amitesh Grover
Sports

Citus Altius Fortius Abnormis

Over the past two years, Covid rendered spectator sports—that symbol of civilisational normality—into a battleground of...

January 17, 2022 | Suresh Menon
Covid

Tale Of Two Pandemics

The pandemic exposed India’s ugly inequities

January 17, 2022 | Dr Swapneil Parikh
Desolation

Love, Loss & Longing

Station Eleven might be the only pandemic-related TV show which portrays loss with such sincerity—a narrative of unspoken grief

January 17, 2022 | Siddharth Rawal

Diary

Last Page

Magazine Diary

The internet has certainly liberated news. But it negates the training of a correspondent, the endless discussion in news meetings, the polishing of copy and fact-checking by the desk.

January 17, 2022 | Satish Padmanabhan