Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

The truth about things
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

What did a pioneer of modern Japanese fiction have to do with Rashomon?

Happiness is a Warm Cup
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

But if it is “the champagne of teas”, reject milk, sugar and all other adulterants

Intolerable Intolerance
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

But despair not, we remain a healthy democracy prepared to debate anything, even our commitment to the Constitution. Who said it was a given?

In fact: Theories of Genius, how they live on in our lives
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The Einstein Field Equations, which ended the age of Newtonian physics and changed our perception of reality, are a century old this week, dating from Einstein’s lecture at the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

Breaking down news: And the Past was History
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

The indefatigable HS Phoolka, who continues to fight for the victims of the 1984 Congress pogrom in Delhi, was scheduled to deliver a counterstrike to the party’s celebrations of Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

The circle game: An overview of Indian politics
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

As Bihar has ably demonstrated, anarchists, cows, corrupt politicians, loudmouth babajis, trishuls and rays of hope return as regularly as the seasons to Indian politics.

Breaking Down News: Home and Away
Sat, Nov 14, 2015

In the Narendra Modi era, the foreign news is at least as interesting as domestic affairs, where the culture wars continue to excite if not edify.

Bihar Polls: When talking heads jumped the gun
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

At 8.15 am, BJP president Amit Shah was proclaimed a strategic genius. Two hours later, he had to be cast on the dust-heap of history as a peddler of divisive claptrap.

Breaking Down News: Coming to you live from Dalal Street
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Why do TV channels bother with exit polls when markets are usually the most sensitive weather-vanes of the election season?

Future Library will open its door to the readers in the year 2114
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

An art project in Oslo draws attention to the fact that all of literature is one big, juicy time capsule.

Breaking down news: Where Were You That Day?
Sat, Oct 31, 2015

Since public memory does not extend beyond the last 60 minutes, it is quite safe to accuse anyone of anything at all in the last decade.

Breaking Down News: The Pen Is Mightier
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

In a TV debate where a variety of autochthonous writers were ranged against BJP talking heads, and one RSS thinking head — reason won

The Culture of Impunity: The Sahitya Akademi crisis has exposed a leadership failure
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

The existential crisis of the Sahitya Akademi is a reminder that creative institutions should be headed by practitioners who command respect for their creative work, not their prowess in politics or administration.

Written in the Genes
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Gene sequencing will be to the 21st century what the stethoscope was to the 20th. A new book explores its multiple ethical issues

Breaking Down news: Who’s Rosogolla Is It, Anyway?
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Year on year, the prices of lentils has doubled and has outstripped prices of animal proteins.

Book Review: In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi And Other Travels in India
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

An Australian gentleman’s travels and accounts of life in northern India during the Rising of 1857 make for lively social history

Breaking Down News: “Like” Peace, Make War
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

While PM Modi brought a tear to every Indian’s eye by promoting ahimsa on Facebook, it’d be wonderful if it rubbed off on his colleagues at home.

The scribe who came in from the cold
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

Foreign correspondent and author Frederick Forsyth has chosen to be irresponsible by going behind the story in journalism in his memoir.

Breaking Down News: The Dhokla Dialogues
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

In a week of big speculations, the India-Pakistan process pursues Modi to NYC and a ‘dangerous vegetable’ explodes in the face of a TV channel.

Why Chiki Sarkar goes electronic in new publishing venture
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Chiki Sarkar, who had quit Penguin Random House as publisher in spring amidst some turmoil, is back in the reckoning with her own publishing house, Juggernaut.

Gut Symmetries: Are we what we eat?
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Are we what we eat, and could our inexplicable psychoses be food-related?

The Bose Papers: Dead uncertain
Wed, Sep 16, 2015

So long as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose lives in the popular imagination, he cannot possibly die.

Readers, Digest
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

A love song to the gastro-intestinal tract, as readable as a Lonely Planet guide to the innards

Breaking Down News: Not Quiet on the Eastern Front
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

The Bihar election promises to be a prizefight and Dipankar Gupta has a prescription for political scientists: “If you want to understand politics, don’t talk to politicians”

The author has left the building: Terry Pratchett died as he had lived, on his own terms
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

The Discworld has finally spun down, with Terry Pratchett’s 41st and last novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, out in the UK and US. It was released six months after tweets from Pratchett’s account announced his death.

Looking East and Linking West
Sat, Sep 05, 2015

This neat checkerboard brings wonderful clarity if you plan to sell weapons to people, or menace people with weapons, the principal executive actions of geopolitics.

Breaking Down News: All in the Family
Sat, Aug 29, 2015

Several former and serving Amazon staffers have responded to the story, insisting that they were perfectly comfortable there.

Rise of the machines
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Why is an anxiety about household machines physically ganging up not more prevalent in the arts and media?

Breaking Down News: All Eyes on Him
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

PM Modi’s commitment to making it impossible for the world to ignore India and his government is working, sometimes in unanticipated ways

Breaking Down News: What’s In a Name?
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

The government banned 857 sites for pornographic content, but their names are of great anthropological interest

Flash Mob
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

Prime time news has declared that the Pakistanis are exposing themselves. Where to look now?

Birds of a Feather: Two classics of Indian ornithology get a new life
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

Apart from the recommended doses of Bulbul Sharma and Valmik Thapar, Aleph is reprinting the classics of Indian ornithology from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Breaking Down News: A Royal Gaffe Again
Sat, Jul 25, 2015

The UK's Prince Philip should send the British media a bill for all the unpaid royalties of a lifetime, deriving from his attempts at cheeky humour

Vyapam Scam
Breaking Down News: Round and Round
Sat, Jul 18, 2015

The games in the education ministry are confusing. Is the mind playing games with itself?

A funny thing happened when Fifty Shades author went on Twitter to interact with people
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

EL James, a working model illustrating how social media can help hitherto unknown writers make a killing, came a cropper last week in the course of a Twitter stunt.

On the corner shelf: Greek to us
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Greece is the south of Europe, the Third World within the First World, forever playing catch-up with its more powerful neighbours.