Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

Speakeasy: The spirit of revolt
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

The finest people of the period wore it with grace, from Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi down to young men training for armed insurrection.

Breaking Down News: The Art of Leaving
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

Before the forces could start raining on his parade, Vijay Mallya did a hi-fi runner.

Breaking Down News: Budgeting for Kanhaiya
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

If the budget is any indication, the government is in a hurry to change tack. Meanwhile, Kanhaiya Kumar continues to dominate news television

Blowin’ in the wind
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

A whopper of a flag big enough to eclipse the sun, and illuminated at night in a manner designed to crowd out the few stars still visible in our smoggy skies.

Swimmer among the Stars book review: Every Old Story is Made Anew
Sat, Feb 27, 2016

Kanishk Tharoor’s collection of stories reveals a lively mind deeply interested in the world, and a writer with an elegant sense of brevity

Breaking down news: Headlines Will Roll
Sat, Feb 27, 2016

When the world according to the government gets as absurd as it is today, it is impossible to engage with reality rationally, reasonably and responsibly.

Breaking Down News: Fake encounter
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

Lies, half-truths and doctored videotape have created a controversy out of nothing at all

Breaking Down News: The Week of the Repeat Offender
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley comes across as a terrific manipulator. If he started anchoring an Indian news channel, he would be a sensation

Augmented Reality and not VR, will spark the next cultural revolution
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Augmented reality could change the world, and let you be cast you in your own movie

Breaking Down News: Black is the New Black
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Muslims, Dalits, women, Indians from the Northeast and other minorities have selflessly served society’s perennial need for the Other. Now, the African community is here to share their burden.

The Many Twists and Turns of Award Wapsi
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

After returning and re-accepting, will re-returning be the new chapter in the award wapsi saga?