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How MI6 helped CIA to bring Doctor Zhivago in from cold for Russians

British intelligence played a vital role in smuggling copies of Boris Pasternak's banned novel Doctor Zhivago to Soviet readers, with MI6 secretly passing the Russian manuscript to the CIA, a new book reveals.<p>Newly declassified CIA documents suggest that in 1957 an unnamed British intelligence …

Beginnings

<b>MY MOTHER’S NAME WAS KRISHNABAI.</b> Krishnabai Mankikar. But she was “Kuttabai” to the elders in the family and became “Kuttakka” to those younger than …

An army officer remembers storming the Golden Temple on this night thirty years ago

<i>On this night, thirty years ago, the first batch of army troops stormed the Golden Temple—or to use the name most invoked by the faithful, the Darbar</i> …

How to Skip the Longest Lines in Paris

Tourists from all over the world queue up outside Paris museums and monuments, but the worst lines are at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Here's how to avoid the wait at both attractions.<p>Tourists from all over the world queue up outside Paris museums and monuments, but the worst lines are at the …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

The complex controls of an F1 steering wheel revealed

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you're going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ …

What if Apple bought Beats not for headphones, but wearables?

Nobody blends fashion and tech like Dre and Iovine<p>Nobody knows why Apple is buying Beats, but many are taking a guess. Business reporters and financial analysts are keen to tell you about all the known pieces of Beats that kind of, sort of, probably add up to a good reason to buy a company. But …

What I Learned About the Indian Election at Kebab Stands

Explaining Narendra Modi’s rise, over street food.<p>DELHI—I recently spent five weeks eating dinner at this city’s food carts, with one goal: to better understand the Indian election and the man who will likely win it. I did so based on two assumptions: everyone (even the wealthy) eats street food, …

Obama's Energy Announcements Are Nice, But We'll Need Much More

The warnings in the National Climate Assessment released earlier this week could not have been louder, predicting intensifying heat, torrential …

Don't Worry, Jennifer Lawrence Isn't Really Taking a Year Off

If you’ve been holding your breath since February, when Harvey Weinstein said that Jennifer Lawrence was planning to take a year off from acting, you …

Genghis Khan: Good weather 'helped him to conquer'

<b>The rise of Genghis Khan and the huge Mongol Empire in the early 13th Century may have been helped by good weather, scientists suggest.</b><p>American researchers studying the rings of ancient trees in central Mongolia have discovered that his rise coincided with the mildest, wettest weather in more than …

Man Beats Robot at Ping-Pong, World Breathes Sigh of Relief

Are robots destined to beat humans at everything? Maybe not or at least not yet. German industrial robotics company Kuka hosted what may be the …

Why Fatima Sheikh gave Arvind Kejriwal a letter

An encounter during Kejriwal's Gujarat trip underlines the hopes and risks of the new supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party.<p>Fifteen minutes before Aam …

The Doctor and the Saint

<b>[I]</b><p><b>ANNIHILATION OF CASTE</b> is the nearly eighty-year-old text of a speech that was never delivered.* When I first read it I felt as though somebody had …

India

Beautiful Historic Cinemas You Must Visit in Paris

In the age of multiplexes, these are the most intriguing and historic independent cinemas across the French capital.<p>Paris has been featured prominently on the silver screen, but its importance in cinema history is more than just an on-screen star. The first ever public film screening was held in …

The Believer

<b>[I]</b><p><b>“SWAMIJI KO BULAO,”</b> the jailer ordered. Call the Swami. Two police constables scurried out of the jailer’s office and onto the grounds of the …

The death of pop: don’t blame it on the download

One of the most fascinating and surprising chapters, given Stanley’s anti-rockist stripe, is his explanation of why heavy metal was so big – and …

The Dreamers

<b>UNTIL THE 1940S</b><b>,</b> art in Bombay was an occasional pleasure for the city’s European and Indian elite, displayed most prominently at an annual …

The History of Oxford University Press, Volume III: 1896-1970 edited by Wm Roger Louis – review

OUP is one of Britain's truly great institutions, up there, or nearly, with the NHS and the BBC. As in these other cases, its modern history has been largely dominated by the struggle to preserve its high ideals and standards against the tide of commercialism. As its secretary (chief executive) put …