Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

Speak easy: To Lucknow, With Love
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

The disarming whimsy of Constantia provides a very real backdrop to I Allan Sealy’s iconic Trotter Nama.

In the Moment
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

The settings are located in upper middle class India, and they explore the familiar while keeping an eye out for the unexpected.

Breaking down news: Hitting the High Notes
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

When you have the public in a full Nelson, to choke up yourself is conspicuous self-indulgence

Blame it on Panditji
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Historic blunders? Universities that ask too many questions? That dratted secularism? It’s all his fault. Nehru did it.

Breaking Down News: The Thing of Horror
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

That transition was dramatically visible in Stephen Colbert’s show where, among others, Stevie Wonder had come to urge people to vote liberal – as King had been doing on social media.

Breaking down news: Now the nation knows
Sat, Nov 05, 2016

Apparently, this relish-laden phrase was the refrain of an hour-long speech, in the course of which he threatened to give grief to the BBC and CNN via a new independent venture.

How to translate a warm welcome into Hindi
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Is translation an act of surrender or a non-violent Darwinian struggle?

The Gods must be crazy
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

The future is here. Yuval Noah Harari tells you what you need to pack for the journey.

Breaking down news: The Third Word War
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

US presidential debates always gather global eyeballs, but the third grudge match of this years’ campaign must be the first to reach such huge populations over the internet

Breaking down news: Who will bell the bully?
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Pakistan’s press has united in a show of solidarity as the government and military are losing face and muscle

In the news: This is another poem
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Even if we exclude those chart-topping yet execrable lyricists who close off their lines with “ooh, yeh”, a red flag indicating that their vocabulary has failed their sense of rhyme, there are many.

Bob Dylan: This time, Nobel’s ‘ideal direction’ is music
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The Nobel Committee has picked Bob Dylan — a choice probably not as radical as it appears at first glance, though it has shocked purists. Tagore’s Gitanjali was a song book — and it won the Nobel in 1913

The woman who wouldn’t tell her name
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

As privacy increases in value, creative people who prefer to fly under the radar could acquire a special cachet.

Breaking Down News: We Didn’t Start the Fire
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

Piquant writing from the other side prove that not all have gone bananas over the India-Pakistan relations, while the menace of clickbait in newsrooms is ushering in a plea for slow news.

Enchanted Wood
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

The collective and collaborative behaviour of trees, brought to vivid life.

Breaking Down News: Grapes of War
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Writing of the ongoing confrontation between India and Pakistan has exposed shades of media jingoism to the extent that the unthinkable will soon be credible.

One Play’s Not the Thing
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Edward Albee might not have liked the headlines that marked his recent passing.

Breaking Down News: Everybody Loves a Good War
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

India dallied dangerously close with war as electronic warriors with a hazy idea of war rallied social media and demanded immediate first strike

WorkingPaper: Race to the Finish
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

The book would interest entrepreneurs on the make, being incubated in campuses all over India, but there is also general interest in this increasingly competitive sector

Time Stops at Jamalpur
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

No matter what happens to the rail budget, the romance of the Indian Railways lives on in Kipling’s work.

Breaking Down News: Khat in the Crossfire
Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Farmers kept unlikely souvenirs after Rahul Gandhi’s khat sabha, and in Pakistan “excessive” Indian programming takes a backseat.

Breaking Down News: The Steaks Are High
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Multitudes of private citizens have been urging Udit Raj to have his head examined, following his revelation of Usain Bolt’s winning diet —beef twice a day.

Is All Well At Home?
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Talking about the elephant in the room — mental illnesses in the family

Smoke on the Water, Fire in the Sky
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

While Pompeii and Herculaneum have dominated disaster tourism in Italy, Stabiae could have been forgotten but for Pliny the Younger’s letters.

Breaking Down News: A Day to Remember, and to Forget
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Women legally gain entry into the sanctum of Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah, while the regulation for surrogacy is on anvil.

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
Wed, Nov 02, 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.