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Forever Cosmetic

Forever Cosmetic

Twelve months since those spectacularly horrifying images exploded onto our television sets? Fifty-two weeks since they imprinted themselves on our minds, our consciousness? Three-hundred and sixty-five days since the world changed forever? Since terrorism became the...

The Wild East

If you are tired of following the global game of brinksmanship being played in Jerusalem, Baghdad, New Delhi, or Washington, here is something to take your mind off. Veerappan has struck again. Veerappan is the poacher and bandit who has operated in the mountains of...

The Package

The excitement was building. Amidst open suitcases, phone calls to parents, shopping lists and finishing her schedules at the office, Veda could already visualize her friends and relatives at the airport. Yes! In just three weeks she would fly to India. The plan was...

The Politics of Caste and Religion

The rise of Mayawati and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh with BJP support makes a turning point in Indian sociopolitical history. From a situation of extreme victimization and backwardness in 1947, Dalits have steadily improved their position. They have...

From Too Far Away

“Father Bouche died Tuesday in Calcutta. Funeral on Thursday in Thankurpur.” The two-line e-mail from my sister was matter of fact, but in one swift jolt sent me hurtling back to hot summer-school days in Calcutta, India. I felt the crisp, cool, buttery sunlight...

Goodbye, “Mr. Chips”

He always arrived at our door at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Dressed in shirtsleeves, a jacket, and perfectly polished shoes, he seemed an anomaly in a world where casual is confused with sloppy and self-employed is mistaken for lazy. Taking his jacket off and...