Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Long Before the Day After
Sat, Oct 20, 2018

With 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Harari focuses on the hectic moment between the remote past and the distant future — the present day and tomorrow’s world, a confused interregnum in which nothing seems to make sense, and the screens of the phones we are riveted to hold no answers.

In the line of fire
Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Khashoggi’s killing threatens to upset the global order, in India the top news still concerns gender

Home Truths
Sat, Oct 13, 2018

The #MeToo wave has swept away India’s most known comedy group and created a new, potent platform of protest.

Book review of Warlight: The Kindness of Strangers
Sat, Oct 13, 2018

A vivid exploration of lives in the postwar decades that reaffirms how political violence never really gets a neat closure.. Ondaatje calls it warlight, and he strikes the flame by rubbing the strands of destiny together, illuminating a world deeply connected by a history of political violence.

Speakeasy: Science, Foretold
Sun, Oct 07, 2018

The tremendous oracular value of science fiction. It has had tremendous oracular value, but unfortunately, science fiction's most popular works predict dystopias.

Finger on the Buzzer
Sat, Oct 06, 2018

The quiz element is comparatively small in comparison to the informational material, making up about a third of the book.

The State Will Not Hold
Sat, Oct 06, 2018

POTUS attempts to defend Brett Kavanaugh, farmers are forcibly stopped from entering Delhi and logic leaks out from fuel price regulation policies.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Darwin in a test tube – how evolution can be directed to bring benefits
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 has been awarded to three scientists who have accelerated and directed the creative power of evolution by putting “Darwin in a test-tube”.

In the treatment of cancer, unshackling the power of human immunity
Tue, Oct 02, 2018

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2018: James P Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan have been awarded for developing a paradigm-breaking cancer therapy.

Breaking Down News: No Laughing Matter
Sat, Sep 29, 2018

Of the SC Aadhaar verdict that raised hopes, Brett Kavanaugh’s old dates, and how POTUS gets laughed at in the UN General Assembly

Speakeasy: The 033 Chronicles
Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Two photo books attempt to capture the spirit of a city that has always been vibrantly alive.

Break a Leg
Sat, Sep 22, 2018

How POTUS brought good cheer to hurricane victims in North Carolina and a Bengal minister’s offer to administer fractures at a gathering of disabled people.

Breaking Down News: The Fault is Not (Entirely) in Our Stars
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

When Serena Williams was right in principle but not on the particulars, and who helped the kingfisher fly

Breaking Down News: Stayin’ Alive
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

Some hope of a better life for the LGBTQ community in India, perhaps a prayer for the “Urban Naxals”, and the siege within the POTUS palace

Speakeasy: The Camera Never Pries
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

Perhaps, popular fiction and sci-fi films should show how political systems and not the many cameras that surveil society is the enemy.

Move Along Now
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

Chinmay Tumbe’s debut book traces the history of migration in India and locates it in the immediate socio-cultural context of the times.

Arrested Development
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

Anti-nationals have graduated to Urban Naxals, the tough tonic of notebandi which didn’t cure black money and why POTUS hates Google

Breaking Down News: Stormy Nights Ahead
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Former POTUS lawyer Michael Cohen admits hush money to women as Trumped-up charge and Kerala’s beef with a Harvard professor

Speakeasy: Science fiction has always been fascinated by the sun
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Could it be the ultimate unknowable?

Literature’s light in an area of darkness, V S Naipaul dies at 85
Mon, Aug 13, 2018

These were stories of homecoming, by a writer who was uneasy in his ancestral home. Such uneasiness about one’s cultural moorings may be seen as an act of assertion, of the need for the writer’s identity to be rooted only in the self.