Articles by Sathya Saran
Feb 18, 2012
One good brothel: Oasis or mirage?Sathya Saran visits a model brothel in Budhwarpeth where young girls like Shalini speak of a happy life freely chosen and led under the active care of local NGOs. But the sex trade offers few guarantees.
Jan 07, 2012
The Indian mantra of mediocrity: Chalta hai, bhai, chalta haiWho cares if that door won't close, the kurta runs colour, plugs don't work, and the traffic light turns turquoise — instead of green. We all have our shortcut to nirvana that will let us off the hook for our myriad sins.
Dec 20, 2011
It takes a village to fight HIV: a success story in KolhapurA small movement in a village in Kolhapur could become a beacon of hope in the fight against HIV. Sathya Saran visits Kodoli village where the red ribbon symbol shows up in the rangoli.
Dec 07, 2011
My uncle, Dev Anand: An intimate remembranceSohaila Kapur offers a look at the private side of Dev Anand, his marriage: family relationships, Zeenat Aman and much more.
Dec 04, 2011
Dev Anand: A life without fullstopsThe real Dev Anand came into his own when he took on the mantle of producer and director.
Dec 02, 2011
My grandma can kick your MasterChef's assForget all the brouhaha over MasterChef Australia. Indian cooks face far more rigorous tests each day in their own kitchen. Tests that most Michelin starred chefs are likely fail.
Nov 25, 2011
My husband, Muzaffar Ali: an honest look at a celebrity marriageWe've all read those interviews with celebrity wives, gushing about their perfect husband, marriage and life. Well, this isn't one of them. Meera Muzaffar Ali offers a rare peek into a Bollywood marriage that looks astonishingly like ours.
Nov 17, 2011
Mother knows best: Neetu speaks out on Ranbir KapoorA wild child who nearly drowned the maid. A mother's best friend who helped her through the roughest time in her marriage. Meet the Ranbir Kapoor you never knew.
Oct 03, 2011
The five archetypes of Bollywood dream girlsSince the sixties, the female stars have reliably played to certain archetypes. They were predictable, but also had a signature style. But many are now going quietly extinct.
Sep 18, 2011
Bollywood's most over-ratedNot all stars are born equal but some should never have been stars. But they still hang on at the box office by some invisible thread. From the idols of yesteryears to the ones making waves today, who are Bollywood's most overrated stars?