Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Stop Web
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Clampdowns on websites that freeze frame the internet and how the Queen can still rock you with her wine routine

Something about Alice and Bob
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Bots with creative language skills have seized the popular imagination. They have also rekindled anxieties about a robocalypse

Bot Luck: Of politicians with alpha streaks and AI bots which are nipped in the beta stage
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

The incident at Facebook’s lab does not foreshadow a botmageddon but it freaked out the press, exposing a contradiction at the heart of artificial intelligence research.

Tell me why
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Good science communicators are essential to great nations. Yashpal was one such, a rarity in India

Speak easy: Doctor Who Will See You Now
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Women have taken centrestage in most professions. Time then for a female lead to helm the longest-running scifi series ever. British TV actress Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor — it’s always “Doctor”, never “Dr Who”, except in the title of the series.

Breaking down news: The clock keeps on ticking
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The statement of the Bulletin also highlights the unquantifiable consequences of artificial intelligence and cybernetics, which have also been headlined this year by professionals who know their onions — Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.

Beam Me Up A Photon
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

China cast some light into the orbit, while our home minister faced the online firing squad for a tweet.

Breaking Down News: Life’s a Beach in the Promised Land
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

PM Modi's Israel visit steers clear from Palestine as China’s Global Times hijacks Indian broadcast media’s monopoly on high-decibel nationalism

What a 1945 Italian novel reveals about the dilemma of the modern military man
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Perhaps, the finest rendering of the torment of waiting for the enemy was painted by the Italian journalist Dino Buzzati in The Tartar Steppe. His global fame rests on that one novel, which was translated into English by Stuart Clink Hood, whose earlier triumphs, as Controller of BBC TV in the early Sixties, included the commissioning of Dr Who.

Saturated sound and a silence broken
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

In a week that Indian TV was overrun by Modi’s visit to the US while the American press remained less than enthusiastic, came a statement from the PM against cow vigilantism after a year of silence.

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.