How Cha Became Chai
British trade manipulation, espionage, and aggressive marketing changed the trajectory of the once-unpopular beverage in the Indian subcontinent.
Reminder: The British Still Have Our Art
The Royal Collection remains one of the largest troves of South Asian art, much of it stolen.
Why Cricket May Finally Make it to the Olympics
The world’s second most popular sport has billions of fans, yet hasn’t been at the Olympics for over 100 years. A new bid might finally change that.
How Hare Krishnas Took Over the World
The unlikely story of an Indian missionary who landed in 1960s New York City and sparked a contentious global movement.
Could Carrom Make it to the Olympics?
The beloved board game in India has long faced challenges in becoming an international sporting sensation. Some players and associations are trying to change that.
How India Invented Zero
Ancient India’s preoccupation with the concept of nothingness — shunyata — would change mathematics, trade, and technology as we know it.
East Indian Sugar: The Sweeter of Two Evils
The search for sugar that wasn’t produced by slave labor led the British to another faraway colony: India. But was Indian sugar ever free?