Coconuts and cappuccinos
By Neha Bhayana - 30 January 12:00

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.

Understanding India: the books to read
By Ian Jack - 30 January 12:00

The books that first made me want to see India were by E M Forster, Jan (then James) Morris, and V S Naipaul.

A new sort of superpower
By Pankaj Mishra - 30 January 12:00

Introduction - India's dream of national strength and wealth is now a reality: its superpower status

It's Hinglish, dude
By Sam Alexandroni - 30 January 12:00

Sam Alexandroni listens in at a Mumbai espresso bar

Waiting for a sexual revolution
By Rashmee Roshan Lall - 30 January 12:00

Attitudes - Despite the overexcited media it's not likely to happen any time soon

Beyond 'confident'
By Amit Chaudhuri - 30 January 12:00

Writing - Since Midnight's Children, Indian writing in English has been lauded for a new self-confid

India - Introduction
By William Dalrymple - 30 January 12:00

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.

India's new best friends
By Carla Power - 30 January 12:00

International relations - Everybody wants to know the new player in the game of global supremacy. Ca

The Bangalore effect
By Rachel Aspden - 30 January 12:00

Roughly 40 foreign companies set up business in the country every month, but unless it addresses its

Teachers in fear
By Mahtab Haider - 23 January 12:00

Observations on education

John Lyttle - The eastern affront
By John Lyttle - 16 January 12:00

Film - This depiction of oppression is decorously polite, writes John Lyttle

Memoirs of a Geish

Cinematic Seoul
By Victoria James - 16 January 12:00

World film - Forget Crouching Tiger and Spirited Away - Asia's best new movies are South Korean

How not to respond to a crisis
By Michael Stone - 09 January 12:00

Observations on the tsunami

William Dalrymple: Christianity and Islam are not as far apart as Bin Laden and the neocons would like us to believe
By William Dalrymple - 19 December 12:00

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.

We're all orientalists now
By Patrick West - 12 December 12:00

Why are we so eager to believe that Sudoku hails from Japan when it doesn't? Patrick West explains

The emperor's new clothes
By Xiao Jia Gu - 05 December 12:00

Prince Charles was roundly condemned for describing China's leaders as "waxworks", yet the state-spo

NS Essay - 'The front line in the struggle for women's rights appears to lie in the poorest, most patriarchal, least democratic nations. In the west, it has been won'
By Racheal Walker - 28 November 12:00

. . . or so we are led to believe. The truth is more complex. Developed countries hardly offer a goo

A lifeline, but not for them
By Robin Pagnamenta - 21 November 12:00

It is vital to the west and worth billions to BP, but will the 1,100-mile pipeline across the Caucas

Emperor's new clothes
By Christopher Reed - 21 November 12:00

Observations on Japan

War by other means
By Yossi Yonah - 31 October 12:00

From the beginning, immigration has been an important weapon to secure the Jewish state. But new cit

Andrew Billen - Reality bites
By Andrew Billen - 24 October 13:00

Television - Two documentaries offer little chance of a fairy-tale ending, writes Andrew Billen

The poor pay the bill for the big fear
By Raj Persaud - 24 October 13:00

Observations on bird flu

The shadow map of our compassion
By Ziauddin Sardar - 17 October 13:00

Observations on disaster

Michele Roberts picnics with Madhur Jaffrey
By Michele Roberts - 17 October 13:00

What does Delhi nostalgia taste of? Mango, Marmite and masoor dhal

We need to be told the truth on Iraq: John Pilger on the media myths
By John Pilger - 17 October 13:00

When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic.

Victoria Hale
By Rabiya Tuma - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Her inspiring healthcare group brings cheap medicines to the world's poorest

Sania Mirza
By Jason Cowley - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Jason Cowley on the tennis sensation who is drawing scorn from india's muslim clerics

USA (made in China)
By Andrew Stephen - 10 October 13:00

Want to buy a bike in America? Chinese. Cadillac? Chinese parts. Wal-Mart alone imports $18bn worth

Mark Thomas finds America on the side of the angels
By Mark Thomas - 10 October 13:00

I am surprised to find myself saying this, but in the case of Burma the neo-cons might just be on th