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What did a pioneer of modern Japanese fiction have to do with Rashomon?
But if it is “the champagne of teas”, reject milk, sugar and all other adulterants
But despair not, we remain a healthy democracy prepared to debate anything, even our commitment to the Constitution. Who said it was a given?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do TV channels bother with exit polls when markets are usually the most sensitive weather-vanes of the election season?
An art project in Oslo draws attention to the fact that all of literature is one big, juicy time capsule.
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.
In a TV debate where a variety of autochthonous writers were ranged against BJP talking heads, and one RSS thinking head — reason won
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.
Gene sequencing will be to the 21st century what the stethoscope was to the 20th. A new book explores its multiple ethical issues
Year on year, the prices of lentils has doubled and has outstripped prices of animal proteins.
An Australian gentleman’s travels and accounts of life in northern India during the Rising of 1857 make for lively social history
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.
Foreign correspondent and author Frederick Forsyth has chosen to be irresponsible by going behind the story in journalism in his memoir.
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.
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.
Are we what we eat, and could our inexplicable psychoses be food-related?
So long as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose lives in the popular imagination, he cannot possibly die.
A love song to the gastro-intestinal tract, as readable as a Lonely Planet guide to the innards
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 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.
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.
Several former and serving Amazon staffers have responded to the story, insisting that they were perfectly comfortable there.
Why is an anxiety about household machines physically ganging up not more prevalent in the arts and media?
PM Modi’s commitment to making it impossible for the world to ignore India and his government is working, sometimes in unanticipated ways
The government banned 857 sites for pornographic content, but their names are of great anthropological interest
Prime time news has declared that the Pakistanis are exposing themselves. Where to look now?
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.
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
The games in the education ministry are confusing. Is the mind playing games with itself?
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.
Greece is the south of Europe, the Third World within the First World, forever playing catch-up with its more powerful neighbours.