The writer is Associate Editor.
A deceptively light introduction to Big Data, where artificial intelligence does the heavy thinking
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
Mahasweta Devi won the Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awards for literary excellence, while the Ramon Magsaysay award and the Padma Vibhushan also recognise the political import of her work, both as writer and activist.
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 science behind the survival of the fittest and a mystery story in reverse
Alfred Assollant’s creation, Captain Corcoran, finally reaches Indian bookstores, 159 years after the character landed on our shores.
The dust has more or less settled on the tête-à-tête between Arnab Goswami and the prime minister, but it takes more to kill free media
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?
Kanthapura, The Serpent and the Rope, The Cat and Shakespeare and Collected Stories were introduced by the poet and translator R Parthasarathy.
James Pattersons’s BookShots plays with narratives and shrinkwraps them into nuggets of pacy plots.
As the US and India engage deeper diplomatically, the warts are revealed to be surprisingly similar
Siddhartha Mukherjee looks at the story of the gene not merely through the lens of biology but also in terms of human politics
India is still broiling over a tacky joke, which has politicians and filmstars huffing and puffing and blowing the house down
Talbot Mundy, a writer in the 1930s, captured the spirit of India in his works.
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.
Mamata Banerjee, in her first public appearance after the election was called in her favour, flashed a three-finger victory sign.
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.
Jenny Diski was a documentarian of an important place at an important time.
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.
A coffee-table book that delves into the history of the pioneering automobile marque, Mercedes-Benz.
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.
As writers connect with the internet and do away with the traditional formalisms of literature, what new tales are in store for us?
Freedom and privacy on social media are issues which will continue to engage governments, from India to the US
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 darknet has its own new literary publication. Does the Torist want to be found out?
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?
An expensive but enjoyable introduction to the simple pleasures of birdwatching, with vibrant photography and classical colour plates
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.
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.
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.
Various important knuckles were rapped this week. And Shaktiman the horse, showed that this nation of nationalists, has a beating heart.
A book that delves into all the questions that intrigued you in biology class but the teacher looked too prim to ask.
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.
Before the forces could start raining on his parade, Vijay Mallya did a hi-fi runner.
If the budget is any indication, the government is in a hurry to change tack. Meanwhile, Kanhaiya Kumar continues to dominate news television
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.