Simla in northern India, capital of the Himachal Pradesh Territory on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and summer capital of India, photographed  circa 1955. The town is now known as Shimla. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The spirits of English sahibs and their equally grand memsahibs would be aghast at what Shimla, the Raj’s charming summer capital in northern India, h(...)

Jamie Heaslip: ‘Most of the time, you get what you see with me.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

ON THE SPOT: QUICK QUESTIONS Most-played tunes : Don’t Matter by Kings of Leon Tuscan Leather by Drake Rock City by Kings of Leon Beau(...)

Villagers sit near the area where a woman was gang-raped in Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal Photograph: Reuters

India’s supreme court yesterday ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman in eastern Bengal state, allegedly at the behest of(...)

T he old dear’s had more work done on her face. She looks like someone beat a swarm of bees off Sharon Osbourne’s face with a pair of running spikes. (...)

Jonathan Drennan playing rugby for Hanwell RFC earlier this year. Photograph: Stephen Brooks / Stephen Brooks Photography

My name is Jonathan Drennan, I’m 27 and a few months ago, I came out of a reinforced mental closet that I’d been crouched in for quite a while. I made(...)

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
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It seems so simple and so tried and tested: two brothers, a little over a year between them, growing up in a Calcutta suburb in upheaval after Indian (...)

Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955. Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

India’s last telegram went out at the weekend, marking the end of a 163-year-old colourful era of messaging that was launched by an Irishman working f(...)

Women protest against sex attacks in India. Photograph: Getty Images

A court in India’s eastern city of Kolkata has further remanded a man in custody on charges of drugging and raping a 21-year-old Irish charity worker (...)

Women protest in the streets of New Delhi against sex crimes. Photograph: Getty Images

An American tourist was gang-raped by a group of men in a hill resort in northern India, police said today, in what is the latest in a series of attac(...)

Police in India’s eastern city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) arrested a local businessman (35) over the weekend on charges of allegedly drugging and (...)