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

Bright young lights
By Neha Bhayana - 30 January 12:00

With more than half of its population under 25, India's strength is its youth

The Chinese guide to London<br />
By Dollan Cannell - 30 January 12:00

Observations on immigration. By Dollan Cannell<br />

The voters despair of lies and sleaze
By Randeep Ramesh - 30 January 12:00

Indians have never had such choice. The hundreds of millions of electors can pick from an array of politicians whose appeal may be rooted in caste, communism, nationalism, language, occupation or region. Two hundred and thirty parties contested the most recent national elections.

One Land, two planets
By Edward Luce - 30 January 12:00

The boom - The economy will overtake that of the US by roughly 2050: along with China, India will do

So near and yet so far
By Basharat Peer - 30 January 12:00

Kashmir - You might expect a humanitarian disaster to blur the rigid Line of Control that divides Ka

Haunted by the politics of hate
By Ziauddin Sardar - 30 January 12:00

Religion - Behind the prosperous facade lurks an ugly strain of Hindu fundamentalism, argues Ziauddi

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

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