Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

Vyapam Scam
Breaking Down News: Dial M for Murder
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Delhi newspapers reported 15 mysterious deaths. Almost every unusual death is linked to the Vyapam scam; it is reassuring to discover exceptions to the rule.

Black Rage: A long-forgotten American book and its relevance to caste relations in contemporary India
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The stack of ages had been cleft, so to speak, exposing a long-forgotten book titled Black Rage. The inscription on the fly-leaf read, “San Francisco, Jan 8, 1969”.

Breaking Down News: Take My Breath Away
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

International Yoga Day seems to have been something of a success: bureaucrats, clerks did not collapse in a heap of safari suits as anticipated.

Breaking Down News: Game of Groans
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

Twitter has played host to the more colourful parts of the LaMo controvery, where the dramatis personae have been jousting with reporters.

Before the internet era, ‘sharing’ was a carefully planned act
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

People set aside a part of their time for memorialising, in order to share later.

Breaking Down News: Strike a Pose
Sat, Jun 13, 2015

The government has become embroiled in a matter beyond its remit — promoting yoga.

Breaking Down News: Tangled up in a soup
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

The Maggi ban invests everyday, unexciting things with the allure of the forbidden.

Book Review – The Challenge of Things: Thinking through troubled times
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

A philosopher in the swim of current affairs, AC Grayling is still trying to make us think rationally.

What the potato chip said to the plant: The world has no place for privacy
Sun, May 31, 2015

Now, there’s an intelligence out there which can read potato chips.

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.