My friend Priya is 20 and lives in Mumbai. She's not religious but accompanies her mother to the temple every morning. She wears a vest top to college but covers herself in a jacket when she leaves the house.
The books that first made me want to see India were by E M Forster, Jan (then James) Morris, and V S Naipaul.
Introduction - India's dream of national strength and wealth is now a reality: its superpower status
Sam Alexandroni listens in at a Mumbai espresso bar
Attitudes - Despite the overexcited media it's not likely to happen any time soon
Writing - Since Midnight's Children, Indian writing in English has been lauded for a new self-confid
When I moved back to India three years ago, I took a lease on a farmhouse five kilometres from the boom town of Gurgaon on the western edge of Delhi.
International relations - Everybody wants to know the new player in the game of global supremacy. Ca
Roughly 40 foreign companies set up business in the country every month, but unless it addresses its
Film - This depiction of oppression is decorously polite, writes John Lyttle
Memoirs of a Geish
World film - Forget Crouching Tiger and Spirited Away - Asia's best new movies are South Korean
Observations on the tsunami
In the year that Islamist terrorism finally reached London, when the Christian west and Islamic east are engaged in another major confrontation, there has never been a greater need for both sides to realise what they have in common.
Why are we so eager to believe that Sudoku hails from Japan when it doesn't? Patrick West explains
Prince Charles was roundly condemned for describing China's leaders as "waxworks", yet the state-spo
. . . or so we are led to believe. The truth is more complex. Developed countries hardly offer a goo
It is vital to the west and worth billions to BP, but will the 1,100-mile pipeline across the Caucas
From the beginning, immigration has been an important weapon to secure the Jewish state. But new cit
Television - Two documentaries offer little chance of a fairy-tale ending, writes Andrew Billen
Observations on bird flu
Observations on disaster
What does Delhi nostalgia taste of? Mango, Marmite and masoor dhal
When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic.
10 people - Her inspiring healthcare group brings cheap medicines to the world's poorest
10 people - Jason Cowley on the tennis sensation who is drawing scorn from india's muslim clerics
Want to buy a bike in America? Chinese. Cadillac? Chinese parts. Wal-Mart alone imports $18bn worth
I am surprised to find myself saying this, but in the case of Burma the neo-cons might just be on th
The Ruling Caste: imperial lives in the Victorian Raj
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