Two petite girls in revealing purple outfits were lurking under the sign. They smiled and made suggestive gestures at Raghu; fluttering their eyelashes, flashing him innocent I’ll- show-you-a good-time looks and shy glances, sticking out their chests.

While modernism in India was a reaction against progressivism, postmodernism is not against anything in particular. It is a reflection of the times we live in. Like a mirror, it shows the good and the bad

No civil society survived on vigilante justice; surely not a mature and old country like India. But Prakash Kumar’s murder had vigilantism written all over it.

There are no boards outside buildings or on roadsides stating—like the infamous boards from colonial times that raise our heckles every time we are shown them in our movies or our books—‘Dogs and Indians not Allowed’. No, there no boards saying ‘Women not Allowed’. But open a map of Delhi and there they are.

People might have now forgotten, and younger ones may not even know, that during the 1965 war with Pakistan, there were wild rumours that film star Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) had somehow conspired with Dr Zakir Husain (then vice president of India) to undermine national interest

The architectural historian Percy Brown, writing in the 1940s, noted that the Sayyids lacked the resources to build forts, cities, palaces and mosques on the scale of their predecessors and that all that survives of their work is their tombs.