Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

Speak easy: Hitting the Bull’s Eye
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

A 1940s Tamil novella can explain why jallikattu inspires such passion.

Breaking down news: The motormouth race
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

As post-truth clouds gather, the world needs more voices that tell things as they are

Shelf Life: Your money’s worth
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Though economics is the only social science to depend heavily on math, almost as much as some of the pure sciences, the book is an eerily easy read.

Of Yaks And Hacks
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

In a sharp letter to Donald Trump, American Press Corps asserted their rights, laying the groundwork for an intriguing battle ahead

Speakeasy: The Signs Are Here
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

A new Sanskrit book in parallel text throws open possibilities of intuitive accessibility.

Shelf life: Princess diary
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The latest is her biography of Babur’s daughter Gulbadan, which drops the sentimental “rose” from the original title: Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court.

Shelf life: The ghost of yesterday
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Particularly interesting are the general and railway budgets of the 70s, which suggest that in part, the Emergency was a reaction to an economic downturn.

Breaking down news: Goodbye to all that
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

US president Obama’s fine and final oratorial flourish underlines the possible lack of it from his temperamental successor.

Men on a Mission
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

In Mission Unpluckable, Blabey’s monsters attempt to establish their bona fides by liberating the inmates of a modern, mechanised chicken farm, rattling the cages of a inhumanly consumerist society.

You Are Here
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Geography lessons would have been fun had they been designed in the manner of this lucid and accessible history of the landmass of South Asia

In the beginning, is the Word
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Here is the alphabet for the lexicon of change in India in 2016-17, words that carry within them entire narratives — from the troubled to the trivial.

Tomorrow is another day
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Von Neumann was more conservative, settling for 30 years from the present. But a cut-price, no frills singularity is already creeping up on us, without benefit of mathematics.

Breaking Down News: ‘Tis the Season
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

To appear just before the Budget, the January 24 issue of Forbes will carry an article by chairman and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes headlined ‘What India has Done to its Money is Sickening and Immoral’.

Breaking down news: Truth in the age of internet
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

This was a surgical strike, in the Indian meaning of the term — an event that was not unprecedented, but was attended by unprecedented publicity this time.

Speak easy: A case of identity
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

If Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical career had not floundered, the world would have never known of Sherlock Holmes.

Breaking Down News: Show Me the Money
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

After the hassles of cash in India, there is news of the tumbling casino stocks in the US and Australia; in other news, the big boys of social media agree to share database of hashes of terrorist content.

Breaking Down News: Winter Has Come
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Indian news fogs up further as cinema halls become a domain for display of nationalism, while an amendment enabling the FBI to hack devices poses a serious threat to privacy.