Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

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.