Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Breaking Down News: So Long, Thanks for the Laughs
Sat, May 23, 2015

The longest-serving late night talk show host in America, David Letterman stepped out from behind the desk after 33 years.

Book review – Bedtime Story/Black Tulip: A Screenplay Story
Sat, May 16, 2015

Kiran Nagarkar’s play, censored for 17 years, belongs to a fine tradition of retelling the epics subversively.

Breaking Down News: Fact versus Fiction
Sat, May 16, 2015

True or False: Did Rajnikanth give private lessons to Arnab Goswami?

Breaking Down News: Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close
Sat, May 09, 2015

From the coverage of the Nepal earthquake to the reportage of the shooting in Texas, there has been a disturbance in the Force.

Paper Clip: Disease Data from Wikipedia
Tue, May 05, 2015

The Internet has trumped the act of collating reports from clinics and hospitals and established itself as the faster tool for tracking disease.

Breaking Down News: Trash the Hashtags
Sat, May 02, 2015

If you want to get away from the #tvdebates these days, turn to DD India for a little detox.

Nepal Earthquake
100 yrs on, Wegener plates move and kill
Fri, May 01, 2015

2015 is the centenary of the theory of continental drift, the explanation for quakes, including Nepal.

Once Upon a Time
Sat, Apr 25, 2015

A publisher’s anecdotes about the people he has worked with in a career spanning four decades and their idiosyncrasies.

Breaking down News: Flavour of the Month
Sat, Apr 25, 2015

Buzzfeed has discovered Indian media and finds it better than Fox.

Foreign Correspondent: The Kolkata which inspired Gunter Grass
Sun, Apr 19, 2015

The Kolkata which inspired Gunter Grass was a place where you could reach out and touch life.

Breaking down news: Ways of Seeing
Sat, Apr 18, 2015

only preferential access paid for in ways hidden from the user is at issue in India, not neutrality in its many-splendoured glory.

Breaking down News: The Medium is the Message
Sat, Apr 11, 2015

Documentary is to filmmaking, as poetry is to trade publishing. And they can only flourish online.

A new volume presents Sunil Janah’s rare black- and-white images in colour
Sun, Apr 05, 2015

When photographer and activist Ram Rahman learned of a trove of Sunil Janah’s prints lurking in Noida, he was sceptical. He knew Janah and his work well and had curated his exhibition Photographing India 1939-1972 in New York City. But in his introduction to Sunil Janah: Photographs 1940-1960, a collection of vintage gelatin-silver prints, he […]

Breaking down News: All in a day’s work
Sat, Apr 04, 2015

Why is the upper middle-class appalled at the ongoing Stalinist purge in the Aam Aadmi Party?

Breaking Down News: Radio Therapy
Sat, Mar 28, 2015

When Parliament took a break, Narendra Modi took to Mann ki Baat.

Breaking Down News: Not Fair, Not Lovely
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

Is sexist banter growing in India, or is it being caught on camera more often?

Breaking Down News: The Next Wave
Sat, Mar 14, 2015

The rise and fall of Gigaom looks like a harmonic of the waveform of tech media.

Breaking Down News: Monster in the Mirror
Sat, Mar 07, 2015

India’s Daughter has shocked by retelling the story as it was, without the polite fiction of ‘Nirbhaya’.

Breaking Down News: The words this week
Sat, Feb 28, 2015

From Rahul Gandhi’s ‘sabbatical’ to budget news.

A book that judges you: Introducing the world’s first temperamental volume
Sun, Feb 15, 2015

Technology has made it easy to play with books. But what do you do with a volume that decides if it wants to be read or not?

What Makes Us Sapiens?
Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Did plants enslave humans in the agricultural revolution? Yuval Noah Harari uses such contrary theses to undermine the traditional account of human history.

Breaking Down News: The Biggest Breach
Sat, Feb 14, 2015

The muffler has strangled the BJP in Delhi.

Breaking down news: All India Brouhaha
Sat, Feb 07, 2015

With a roast that garnered 8 million YouTube views before it was taken down, will insult comedy have the last laugh?

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest pitch highlights how nature of publishing has changed radically
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

Where exactly is someone like Zuckerberg located in this game? Is he part of the crowd or elevated above it?

Breaking Down News: Open Secret
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Only friends and allies change, and there is nothing new in geopolitics.

A Short History of Reading: David Davidar’s anthology of Indian stories
Sun, Jan 18, 2015

David Davidar’s anthology of Indian stories is a mix of the predictable and surprising.

James Watson sold his Nobel medal for science but charity can’t retrieve his scientific reputation
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

James Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA, sold his Nobel medal to raise money for science, and for himself. But charity can’t retrieve his scientific reputation.

Breaking Down News: The Year That Was
Sat, Dec 27, 2014

In 2014, the FIFA World Cup triggered the most conversations. Ebola, Robin Williams, the ice bucket challenge and Malaysia Airlines figured prominently

That Old E-Book Smell
Sat, Dec 27, 2014

The anxiety about ink on paper losing ground to pixels on screens had just kicked in.

The Lucknow Boy Returns
Sat, Dec 20, 2014

In the sequel to his autobiography, Vinod Mehta brings the world of the media to life with a refreshing lack of tact

ISRO GSLV launch: Breaking down news, the media coverage and preoccupation
Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Times Now, CNN-IBN, IBN7, NDTV, Headlines Today and Live India followed the event closely, using Doordarshan’s footage from Sriharikota.

Breaking down news: To Be or Not To Be
Sat, Dec 13, 2014

When conversion is in the reverse direction, it’s a homecoming, a wapasi to a prior and authentic state

In Fairy tales at Fifty, Upamanyu Chatterjee serves up characters who are cruel and vile
Sun, Dec 07, 2014

Fairy Tales at Fifty leads with the story of the pauper, Angulimala, a young runaway constantly in need of sexual conquest, which is incomplete if it does not end in murder.

Breaking down News: Bamboos of the Gods
Sat, Dec 06, 2014

Political histrionics and the case for ancient India’s scientific achievements

Breaking down news: Sites of Change
Sat, Nov 29, 2014

Technology is set to alter the human discourse and it’s billed as progress

Leila Seth’s new book talks of the need for speedy justice
Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Justice Leila Seth’s new collection of essays gently reminds that urgency was not a stranger to the UPA.