India Insight

Movie Review: Tevar

January 9, 2015

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Photos from the exhibition of the relics of St. Francis Xavier

By Karen Rebelo
January 5, 2015

Among the throngs of tourists who visited India’s beach state of Goa to usher in the new year, many visited for a different reason than the usual beach scene, raves and holiday revelry. Thousands upon thousands of Christians and people of other faiths braved the heat and long lines to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier at church of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. Francis Xavier’s body, which the faithful say has not fully decomposed since his death in 1552 has always attracted visitors to the former Portuguese colony.

Time for Indian bowlers to smell the coffee

January 4, 2015
India's Ishant Sharma bowls during the first cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 11, 2014.   REUTERS/Philip Brown

India’s Ishant Sharma bowls during the first cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England July 11, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown

Dhoni: the legacy of a cricket champion

December 31, 2014

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni chases a pigeon off the pitch during the fifth cricket test match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Photo Gallery – In winter, Delhi indulges in pan-India eats

December 31, 2014

India is a difficult place to shoot, with too many people walking in and out of your frame all the time, a foreign photojournalist once told me as we sat down to review my pictures.

The best and worst of Bollywood in 2014

By Reuters Staff
December 30, 2014

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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Anupriya Kumar

For all its talk of looking for a “hat ke” (different) film, Bollywood proved in 2014 that it prefers to go with the tried and tested and experimenting with subjects and themes is not a game that the big, established stars prefer to indulge in.

Movie Review: Ugly

December 25, 2014

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Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” is a dark thriller about the aftermath of a child’s kidnapping. The characters in the film are dysfunctional and messed up in many ways. Yet, they don’t invoke the audience’s sympathy.

Bollywood fails to find movie magic in 2014

December 24, 2014

The year can’t finish soon enough, as far as Bollywood is concerned. The world’s biggest film industry by output struggled to churn out hits, with only a handful of films managing to make money at the box office due to an increasingly picky audience.

Revisiting Bangladesh, 43 years after the independence war

December 23, 2014

The Colonel WhoWhen Indian-born journalist Salil Tripathi visited Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall in Bangladesh two years ago, he noticed an epitaph that had “PAKISTANI” etched in bold on a memorial dedicated to students who were killed in the 1971 war of independence.

2014: A year of leagues for Indian sports

December 23, 2014

Club owners and other league officials pose for a picture during the emblem-unveiling ceremony of Indian Super League in Mumbai August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

It rained sports leagues in India in an eventful 2014 that also saw the country’s cricket board join hands with Australia and England to take charge of the game’s administration.