India Insight

Key dates in India’s election history

March 5, 2014

Voting for the 2014 general election will begin on April 7, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.

Bollywood re-creates life of Indian erotica writer Mastram

March 4, 2014

A new Bollywood film traces the fictional journey of a real-life writer of erotica whose racy low-cost works in Hindi spurred sales at bookstalls and pavement shops across India in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Markets this week: BHEL, Hindalco top Sensex gainers

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2014

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Ankush Arora

Indian shares rose around 2 percent on heavy buying by foreign investors in what was a holiday-truncated week. Foreign investors have been net buyers of cash shares in each of the previous 10 sessions, with net inflows totalling around $600 million, exchange and regulatory data show.

Real change arrives in small steps for rural India

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2014

By Jo Winterbottom

This sepia-toned landscape could have been painted a century ago. A lazy sunset tints bullock carts, women in bright red and turquoise saris thresh rice by hand. Farmers swirl golden staves of corn in the fields.

Movie Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects

February 28, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Saket Chaudhary seems to be a fan of sitcoms and SMS jokes. He combines the two to put together a script and make “Shaadi Ke Side Effects”, a movie about the modern Indian marriage, where men are trying to escape and women are obsessed with their children.

Comic books try new ways to keep Indian readers hooked

February 27, 2014

For 11-year-old Jahanabi Prasad, it’s a busier month than usual. After eight hours at school, she returns home for a quick lunch before attending classes for her annual exams a few weeks away. Still, she always finds time to read her favourite comic book series.

Ashutosh gears up for Chandni Chowk race; talks about ‘biased’ media

February 25, 2014

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashutosh might have been a TV news host, but now he talks like an experienced politician. “I am enjoying” being on the other side of the microphone, the former managing editor of Hindi news channel IBN7 told India Insight during an interview in which he discussed his decision to stand for Parliament.

Using cloud computing to solve Bangalore’s garbage problem

By Ratnika Sharma
February 25, 2014

Bangalore’s garbage problem stems from its two-decade transformation into India’s technology capital, so it seems appropriate that a new plan to clean up the mess is coming from an executive at one of the city’s technology companies.

Book Talk: Rana Dasgupta on a ‘vastly under-imagined Delhi’

February 24, 2014

Rana Dasgupta’s first non-fiction book is an investigation into what makes Delhi a city of unequal transformation, salted with ambition, aggression and misogyny. “Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi” takes its shape from an “outsider’s” anxiety about not being able to understand a city that is primarily the by-product of refugees from India’s partition in 1947.

Car wraps lend colour to India’s drab auto business

February 21, 2014

Rohit Gulati always wanted to buy a car that would have enough space for all eight members of his family. But with his limited savings, he didn’t see that happening for some years.