Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Breaking Down News: The Last Resort
Sat, May 19, 2018

How the Karnataka election results have taken an equestrian turn and made tourism companies happy, plus the normalisation of violence — at home and the world

Breaking Down News: Cow and Bull Story
Sat, May 12, 2018

Of bovines who don’t know better, bots which know a lot and those who separate the facts from the fake.

Of Gourds and Men
Sat, May 05, 2018

How the Tripura government isn’t a lauki to sink nails into and POTUS might have trumped-up his health certificate

Ashok Mitra (1928-2018): Subversive devil
Thu, May 03, 2018

Ashok Mitra was a polymath and polemicist. He was feared and loved because he had the language and sensibility of the poet.

Speakeasy: Mind your language
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Perhaps, aliens can help our digital assistants with linguistic assistance.

Earth is elsewhere
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

A dummies guide to swimming to the distant shores of outer space and setting up shop on stars and planets.

His (un)Holiness
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Asaram Bapu’s ungodly acts and India’s slip down the slopes of press freedom.

Breaking Down News: Truth or Snare
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

How social media (mis)shapes perceptions of war and the perils of being too real for reality TV

Speakeasy: The Middle Ground
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

One man’s mission to preserve the material culture of Kolkata’s middle class.

Breaking Down News: Fast and Spurious
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Such was the media blitz over Congressi chhole bature, that the grapevine says that the ruling party’s counter-fasters were strictly instructed not to be seen or photographed eating in advance. But the point at issue was just some chhole, not a banquet

Breaking Down News: Beyond the Headlines
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

Fake news, empty threats and what a summary suspension of a journalist’s accreditation could mean

Trading in Hopes and Fears
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

The story of Cambridge Analytica is all about sovereignty, democracy and the media

Speak Easy: Games People Play
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

Games, by Irving Finkel, is a better souvenir than the Kohinoor.

One Disease for All
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Diabetes now affects all classes of society, and this book puts the egalitarian disease in perspective

Breaking down news: Cooking up a Coalition
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

TV stations try to rustle up khichdi fears, forgetting it’s comfort food. Elsewhere, Russia has touched a nerve with the Brits

Stephen Hawking no more: The explorer of black holes who was unafraid of the dark
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Stephen Hawking, the world famous scientist, passed away on March 14, 2018. Hawking belittled the afterlife as a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” 

Tiger Mother Returns
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

The national myth suggests that the Chinese-American and the Indian-American are fundamentally different, but they achieve the same paradise on earth because they are American first. Exactly like the Americans who are just American.

A Little Bit of Everywhere
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

Literary critic Bruce King’s memoir records his peripatetic life across the globe, including his sojourn in the “small world of modern Indian poetry in English”

Speak Easy: Rear View History
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Journals that are peepholes into lived histories of the modern era.

Breaking Down News: Got Hope?
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Yet another White House communications director, Hope Hicks, has resigned, and the rise of creepy cameras

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