Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Second Nature
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Indira Gandhi’s love for the outdoors set the tone of India’s environmental policies

Breaking Down News: No Sting in the Tale
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

What's bad news for journalism and why The Trump is all pumped-and-primed up

The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record: What would that mean for the world?
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record. What would that mean for the world we know?

Breaking down news: The great American faking show
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Satire is simmered just right in a 2011 fake interview of Henry Kissinger, doing the rounds for the third time now; and how the NYT is getting up to speed to help its paywall rake it in.

Breaking Down News: Storm in a Covfefe Cup
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

An act of media resistance for a less than grand cause and why a 12-year-old Indian student infuriates POTUS.

The book needs the spine : Reasons why ISBNs need to be issued without bias or prejudice
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Publishing is an expensive, high-risk business, proving more reasons for ISBNs need to be issued.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy book review — (Don’t) Keep Calm and Carry On
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Arundhati Roy’s second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, raises questions about our equanimity in the face of everyday violence

Breaking Down News: Chinese Whispers, Made in Pakistan
Sat, May 27, 2017

The hera-pheri around the Arundhati Roy fake story, and the relationship between yoga and good sax that might almost please confused nationalists

Breaking Down News: Let’s Twist and Shout
Sat, May 20, 2017

Fake news can make human flesh out of rara gosht, and the rules for journalism have changed along with the decibel levels of news studios.

Politics in the time of Superstar Rajinikanth
Tue, May 16, 2017

Why is Rajinikanth waiting for a sign from above?

You Are Here
Sat, May 13, 2017

Delhi comes alive in this fascinating archival work combining history with cartography

Breaking Down News: Big Brother is Botching
Sat, May 13, 2017

Picking out events wedged in the past, reporting forced stories and fear of a schoolboy’s hack — the many vulnerabilities of the powers that be

In Search of Sybil
Sun, May 07, 2017

This special issue is about once-in-a-lifetime journeys. First off the bucket list, how a temperamental GPS can lead you to the Cumaean Sybil in Italy.

Hear Them Roar
Sat, May 06, 2017

The scrupulous traveller must, therefore, pack several books for the trip — a field guide each for birds and animals, a travel guide and the complete works of Jim Corbett

Breaking Down News: Winter is Here
Sat, May 06, 2017

Indian channels will eventually resume talks with Pakistani generals. Meanwhile, India slips three places on the media freedom index

Breaking Down News: Rattle and Hum
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

The frenzy of Delhi’s corporation polls could only be matched by the craziness of America’s enduring equation with Trump.

Paper Backers: The Write Way
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Amrita Kumar’s handbook primarily teaches you to write — 73 per cent of the pages are devoted to the craft.

Speak Easy: The Art of the Impossible
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

If the future of science is almost certainly known, what remains for science fiction to speculate about?

Breaking Down News: Close Shave With Fame
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

As breathless TV studios recovered from the impression that Vijay Mallya was on his way to Tihar, along came Sonu Nigam with a pair of scissors and became the story of the day

Not Just a Bad Guy
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Hindu-Muslim polarisation, she reminds the reader, is a modern game, with modern trophies and payouts which medieval India did not anticipate.

Speakeasy: Dream a little dream
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

Five writers weave a fine web of magic realism and try to catch the future of the real-world archive in it.

Woman on Wanderlust
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

Travel expands the horizon, but the mileage may vary. This collection of excellent travelogues by Ritu Menon can help you ramp it up

Working Paper: People’s History
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

They concern economy, technology and the environment, rather than accounts of who begat whom and who smote or blinded whom.

Working Paper: Caste Decoded
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

India’s Untouchables is a fine introduction on for Western readers, exploring the reality of a system which the emancipated world rightfully finds revolting.

Breaking Down News: Switch Off, Tune In
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

The growing popularity of stand-up comics has been fed by divisive, illiberal politics. Drama, the universal specific for catharsis, is trying to break out of its niche by streaming to homes.

Speakeasy: Remembrance of Pages Past
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Even though they may be losing out to print, ebooks are the future because they archive the time gone by.

Breaking Down News: The Bubble Bursts
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

While the Mumbai studios battle over Yogi Adityanath, the restrained reaction to the Westminster attacks offer a refreshing contrast to American hysterias

Speakeasy: Let’s Talk Trash
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The East Kolkata Wetlands has been critical to the city’s survival. Can it save itself from the onslaught of development?

Breaking Down News: Surveillance and the Pollster-geist
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Astrologers and pollsters can both befuddle with their predictions, and how to say ‘No’ to the spy in your toaster.

The mind works in mysterious ways
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Lewis met Kahnemann only in 2007, 11 years after Tversky died, and the idea of a book came even later. He confesses to the feeling “that this story did not require a writer as it did a stenographer”.

Breaking Down News: Donald’s Day Out
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

How children and presidents can lower expectations and overdeliver, and why India's youth deserve a big thank you

Speakeasy: The One Before Bond
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

It is time to resurrect Mickey Spillane, the legitimate foreparent of James Bond.

The bicycle chief of Uttar Pradesh
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

These are times when political interviews are pedalled, TV outrage peddled and feet-made bread isn’t much to be shocked about

Speak Easy: Whose Line is it Anyway?
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The English language and its glorious capacity to assimilate.

Breaking down news: Wiki wrath and post-Hitler Trump
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The post-truth landscape just saw Wikipedia ban Daily Mail as a reference source and the first, inevitable signs of a Trump-Hitler comparison.

Breaking Down News: The Greatest Show
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Like in a kung fu tournament, a lot of the budget action happens around the ring, not in, and this year, the unfortunate passing of E Ahamed sparked off a ringside match.