Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

In fact: Understanding Micius, Beijing’s big push for quantum security
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

A satellite launched by China last week is focused on the quantum property of ‘entanglement’ — what Einstein called ‘spooky action at a distance’. How will it boost ongoing research on photon pairs?

Breaking down news: The inheritance of Independence
Sat, Aug 20, 2016

The crushing disappointment of the prime minister's address on Independence day was salvaged by an AIB video that ripped on the past, present and future.

The Imitation Game
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

If you had read Karim Miské’s police procedural, would you have been surprised by the terror in France?

Behind Arnab Goswami’s diatribe, the realisation he can never go to Pakistan
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Following a few setbacks, such as batting for the losing side on JNU, and doing a poodle-tame interview of the Prime Minister, has Arnab Goswami finally become that malevolent clown?

Mahasweta Devi: The voice of the dispossessed
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Mahasweta Devi won the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards for literary excellence, while the Ramon Magsaysay award and the Padma Vibhushan also recognised the political import of her work, both as writer and activist.

The Volume Game: Book review of Big Data– Does Size Matter and Small Data
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

A deceptively light introduction to Big Data, where artificial intelligence does the heavy thinking

Breaking down news: Social Media Killed the TV Star
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

While revealing India’s talents, sights, recipes and casual bizarreness, smartphone cameras also draw attention to the flourishing gamut of gratuitous violence in the land of ahimsa

Breaking Down News: One More for the Album
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

In South Africa, the prime minister channels the Mahatma in a profound black-and-white moment. Meanwhile, back home, nationalism has acquired 50 shades of grey

The Immunity Challenge
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

The science behind the survival of the fittest and a mystery story in reverse

The game is afoot: Assollant’s Captain Corcoran finally reaches Indian bookstores
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Alfred Assollant’s creation, Captain Corcoran, finally reaches Indian bookstores, 159 years after the character landed on our shores.

Death at a Funeral
Sat, Jul 02, 2016

The dust has more or less settled on the tête-à-tête between Arnab Goswami and the prime minister, but it takes more to kill free media

Breaking down news: I don’t love EU no more
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

Merry England has probably spent the latter part of the week glued to their tellies — the stakes were high and the isle’s infamous weather was dreadful. But what of the outcome?

Shelf Life- Raja Rao: Archive
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

Kanthapura, The Serpent and the Rope, The Cat and Shakespeare and Collected Stories were introduced by the poet and translator R Parthasarathy.

The beginning of the end and other stories
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

James Pattersons’s BookShots plays with narratives and shrinkwraps them into nuggets of pacy plots.

Breaking Down News: Same Same but Different
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

As the US and India engage deeper diplomatically, the warts are revealed to be surprisingly similar

The Question of Identity
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

Siddhartha Mukherjee looks at the story of the gene not merely through the lens of biology but also in terms of human politics

Breaking Down News: The Joke That Broke The Country’s Back
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

India is still broiling over a tacky joke, which has politicians and filmstars huffing and puffing and blowing the house down

Daring in a Dhoti
Sun, May 29, 2016

Talbot Mundy, a writer in the 1930s, captured the spirit of India in his works.

Book review: The Middle Kingdom
Sat, May 28, 2016

Krishan Kalra was a regular on the edit pages of several publications, including the Indian Express, and this collection of middles recalls his best years.

The Sign of the Times?
Sat, May 21, 2016

Mamata Banerjee, in her first public appearance after the election was called in her favour, flashed a three-finger victory sign.

Breaking down news: A Question of Degrees
Sat, May 14, 2016

The best spoof on the loose is not about Narendra Modi. It’s a picture showing Albert Einstein getting his BSc degree verified by Arvind Kejriwal.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Sun, May 08, 2016

Jenny Diski was a documentarian of an important place at an important time.

Breaking down news: Bully behind the screen
Sat, May 07, 2016

The only difference is that the left goons had openly carried firearms but since the Election Commission is taking a keen interest in West Bengal, Didi’s lot had to make do with veiled menace.

Those Fancy Wheels
Sat, May 07, 2016

A coffee-table book that delves into the history of the pioneering automobile marque, Mercedes-Benz.

Breaking Down News: Musth on Mahua
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

The PM rose to the occasion wearing an expressionless Chhau mask, unnerving both the faithful and the rest, and inviting a bit of mockery too.

Brave New Words
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

As writers connect with the internet and do away with the traditional formalisms of literature, what new tales are in store for us?

Breaking Down News: WhatsApp with this secrecy?
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Freedom and privacy on social media are issues which will continue to engage governments, from India to the US

Breaking Down News: Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

If an Indian news site analysed its comments, what do you bet that the top honours for most abused would go to a woman liberal? Or Dalit liberal?

The Torist: How to read a secret magazine on the darknet
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The darknet has its own new literary publication. Does the Torist want to be found out?

Breaking Down News: The Tailor of Panama
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

With the technical incompetence that led to the heist at Mossack Fonseca, the future of digital journalism is assured. The next story: who was the hacker?

Winged Fire book review: Fair Are Them Fowls
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

An expensive but enjoyable introduction to the simple pleasures of birdwatching, with vibrant photography and classical colour plates

Breaking Down News: Caught in a Steel Trap
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

The media is trying to come to terms with Tata Steel’s withdrawal from its British business, because it is in part responsible for the situation.

Hurry Up Please, It’s Time
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

When Kamala Das burst on the scene, change was in the air and the Indian readership was almost ready to give ear to new voices.

Breaking Down News: Houses of Wax
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Within hours of pictures appearing of the prime minister being measured by the technical squad of Madame Tussaud’s, news broke that the Delhi chief minister would have his head examined too, for his very own waxwork.

Breaking Down News: Reality Check for News Television
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

Various important knuckles were rapped this week. And Shaktiman the horse, showed that this nation of nationalists, has a beating heart.

What Does a Hangover Do to Your Brain?
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

A book that delves into all the questions that intrigued you in biology class but the teacher looked too prim to ask.