Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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, Mar 17, 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

Lingua Fracas
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

How Mandarin, briefly, was Pakistan’s third official language and the overload of prettiness in the Trudeau portraits.

Speak Easy: Baba Lives
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

A new book on Gumnami Baba offers a refreshing take on the man many believed to have been Subhas Chandra Bose.

Spite the Bullet
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

In the US, schools continue to bear the brunt of an inexplicable gun policy. Meanwhile, internet archiving helps the press to press on in darker times

Breaking down news: Freeze Frame
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

Cameras covering the Parliament can get stuck on a single subject and the LoL vs Protocol fiasco in the Upper House

Real Facts, Alt President
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

Who would you rather believe?

Lunar Tunes
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

Of godmen who eclipse reason, how Wired has unplugged from free content and the non-promise of a promissory note

Monkey Business
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

There is much anxiety over fake news and misleading discourses the world over, but in India, a minister’s dismissal of the theory of evolution and the release of Padmaavat remain prime preoccupations

Why Satya Pal Singh may need a lesson in Darwin
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

The tensions between religion and science which Satya Pal Singh has tried to ignite have a long history.

Speak Easy: True Colours
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

It’s a futile exercise to seek authenticity in abstractions such as colour and language.

A Piece of Work
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Two objects, part of a series of many envisioned by humanity, which has shaped our private lives and public histories

Breaking Down News: Courtroom Drama
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Irrespective of the dreams of TV personalities, a channel is just a medium of communication.

Stumbling on the Moonwalk
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Andy Weir’s second book doesn’t take off as spectacularly as his first — he can do better than a bumpy space heist.