Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Speakeasy: Let’s Talk Trash
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The East Kolkata Wetlands has been critical to the city’s survival. Can it save itself from the onslaught of development?

Breaking Down News: Surveillance and the Pollster-geist
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Astrologers and pollsters can both befuddle with their predictions, and how to say ‘No’ to the spy in your toaster.

The mind works in mysterious ways
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

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”.

Breaking Down News: Donald’s Day Out
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

How children and presidents can lower expectations and overdeliver, and why India's youth deserve a big thank you

Speakeasy: The One Before Bond
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

It is time to resurrect Mickey Spillane, the legitimate foreparent of James Bond.

The bicycle chief of Uttar Pradesh
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

These are times when political interviews are pedalled, TV outrage peddled and feet-made bread isn’t much to be shocked about

Speak Easy: Whose Line is it Anyway?
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The English language and its glorious capacity to assimilate.

Breaking down news: Wiki wrath and post-Hitler Trump
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The post-truth landscape just saw Wikipedia ban Daily Mail as a reference source and the first, inevitable signs of a Trump-Hitler comparison.

Breaking Down News: The Greatest Show
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

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.

Speak easy: Hitting the Bull’s Eye
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

A 1940s Tamil novella can explain why jallikattu inspires such passion.

Breaking down news: The motormouth race
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

As post-truth clouds gather, the world needs more voices that tell things as they are

Shelf Life: Your money’s worth
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

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.

Of Yaks And Hacks
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

In a sharp letter to Donald Trump, American Press Corps asserted their rights, laying the groundwork for an intriguing battle ahead

Speakeasy: The Signs Are Here
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

A new Sanskrit book in parallel text throws open possibilities of intuitive accessibility.

Shelf life: Princess diary
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

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.

Shelf life: The ghost of yesterday
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

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.

Breaking down news: Goodbye to all that
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

US president Obama’s fine and final oratorial flourish underlines the possible lack of it from his temperamental successor.

Men on a Mission
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

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.

You Are Here
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

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

In the beginning, is the Word
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

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.

Tomorrow is another day
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

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.

Breaking Down News: ‘Tis the Season
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

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’.

Breaking down news: Truth in the age of internet
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

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.

Speak easy: A case of identity
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

If Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical career had not floundered, the world would have never known of Sherlock Holmes.

Breaking Down News: Show Me the Money
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

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.

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