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Crisis and Compassion: How Six Music Stars of Assam Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on Assam's music industry. How are the state's top music makers coping with that?

Hunger, Helplessness, Hope: How Five Young Assamese Poets Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

Jyotirmoy Talukdar speaks to five prominent young poets from Assam about how they see the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown.

There is a tunnel

Where are those good old days? / Will they ever be here, anymore?

In Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’, the Story of a Civilisation

'Roma' is a nuanced and soulful take on class, colonialism and gender through the fluid spaces of a Mexico City middle-class neighbourhood.

Festering Wounds and Little Closures

The India-Pakistan partition might have been “one of the greatest administrative operations in history” for Lord Mountbatten, but it was a calamitous event for many others.

A Ballad of Bawling Babies

Verses on war and what follows.

The ‘Gay Cure’ Experiments That Were Written out of Scientific History

Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience.

Azad and Houda (Part II)

Two refugees in transit find love, warmth and solace in each other.

15 Years Since Saddam Fell: Horrors That Came Next

Fifteen years after the fall of the Iraqi dictator, an Iraqi recalls the utter chaos that followed the American invasion.

Azad and Houda (Part I)

Two refugees in transit find love in an unlikely place.