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Assertive musings from Mishra at SWF

Novelist Pankaj Mishra discusses the impact of Western influences on early Asian intellectuals and its current day implications, writes CHRISTOPHER CYRILL

William Dalrymple: Afghanistan archivist at SWF

William Dalrymple speaking at the SWF recounts the British’s botched attempt at mastering Afghanistan, writes CHRISTOPHER CYRILL

India Links in Oz that go back 200 years

The East of India – Forgotten trade with Australia explores early and current links between the two countries, writes Lena Peacock

Tabla man: Sam Evans

An Australian musician has an evergreen passion for an Indian classical instrument, writes SUJITH KRISHNAN

Truths about tribes and trafficking

Two powerful books highlight very real problems, glossed over in the euphoria of India’s growth, writes CHITRA SUDARSHAN

Marriage as commerce

Inheritance and danger dowry; the effects of human greed are hard to comprehend, but painful to bear writes RANI JHALA

Vidya Balan: vibrant, vivacious and very very cool

She has the oomph of a diva and the grace of a typical Bhartiya Naari. PREETI JABBAL is floored by Vidya Balan

The gift of a mother

Reliving a life is a painful journey, until it becomes a reality, writes RANI JHALA

Popular Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's novel is still a hit 200 years later, with observations that are still relevant today, writes NIMA MENON

Dinosaurs meet Bollywood

The Australian Museum hosts a night of extravagant dancing, laughing and henna tattoos, writes LENA PEACOCK