The writer is Associate Editor.
If the future of science is almost certainly known, what remains for science fiction to speculate about?
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
Hindu-Muslim polarisation, she reminds the reader, is a modern game, with modern trophies and payouts which medieval India did not anticipate.
Five writers weave a fine web of magic realism and try to catch the future of the real-world archive in it.
Travel expands the horizon, but the mileage may vary. This collection of excellent travelogues by Ritu Menon can help you ramp it up
They concern economy, technology and the environment, rather than accounts of who begat whom and who smote or blinded whom.
India’s Untouchables is a fine introduction on for Western readers, exploring the reality of a system which the emancipated world rightfully finds revolting.
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.
Even though they may be losing out to print, ebooks are the future because they archive the time gone by.
While the Mumbai studios battle over Yogi Adityanath, the restrained reaction to the Westminster attacks offer a refreshing contrast to American hysterias
The East Kolkata Wetlands has been critical to the city’s survival. Can it save itself from the onslaught of development?
Astrologers and pollsters can both befuddle with their predictions, and how to say ‘No’ to the spy in your toaster.
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”.
How children and presidents can lower expectations and overdeliver, and why India's youth deserve a big thank you
It is time to resurrect Mickey Spillane, the legitimate foreparent of James Bond.
These are times when political interviews are pedalled, TV outrage peddled and feet-made bread isn’t much to be shocked about
The English language and its glorious capacity to assimilate.
The post-truth landscape just saw Wikipedia ban Daily Mail as a reference source and the first, inevitable signs of a Trump-Hitler comparison.
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.
A 1940s Tamil novella can explain why jallikattu inspires such passion.
As post-truth clouds gather, the world needs more voices that tell things as they are
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.
In a sharp letter to Donald Trump, American Press Corps asserted their rights, laying the groundwork for an intriguing battle ahead
A new Sanskrit book in parallel text throws open possibilities of intuitive accessibility.
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.
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.
US president Obama’s fine and final oratorial flourish underlines the possible lack of it from his temperamental successor.
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.
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
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.
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.
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’.
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.
If Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical career had not floundered, the world would have never known of Sherlock Holmes.
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.
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.