Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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.

Breaking Down News: Twists and Turns
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

An arrest of a Bangladeshi photographer and a newsroom response to Israeli airstrikes

Speak Easy: Biting the Bullet
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

Did a cartridge made of cow and pig fat really spark the 1857 Revolt? Even contemporary accounts of the events of 1857 report this as a rumour, and some speculate that it was circulated by the wily gentlemen of Awadh.

A Different Kind of Reality TV   
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

The drama over National Register of Citizens in Assam takes centre stage on television while M Karunanidhi’s illness throws open questions about privacy

Breaking Down News: Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

Of Mehul Choksi’s travel itinerary and the sultan of swing who’s set to be Pakistan’s next prime minister

Speakeasy: Age isn’t Just a Number
Sun, Jul 22, 2018

In India, we seem unaware that we’re living out the youngest period of the Geologic Time Scale — the Meghalayan Age.

Breaking Down News: Smile, You’re on Candid Camera
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

But political parties in the Lok Sabha enter the House camera-ready, and how the Donald is in a Russian roulette.

Mission Impossible
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Indian television’s interest in the rescue of the Thai boys trapped in the Chiang Rai cave picked up slowly but breathlessly.

Speak Easy: A Sahib in Awadh
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

How a British bureaucrat breathed new life to the old tale of Malik Muhammad Jaisi’s Padmavati. A spate of prose retellings of the metrical epic on the Rajput queen followed on the heels of the controversy.

Breaking Down News: No Child’s Play
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

The origin of a doctored video that spread fear of child-lifters in India, and why POTUS needs a dictionary.

A Meaty Issue
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Upamanyu Chatterjee returns with a murder mystery that is both an exploration of food politics and a backstory to his first novel

In the Shadow of the Sideshow
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Trump was responding to De Niro’s reprise of his famous role in Raging Bull at the Tony awards. Before introducing the nominees, he had said: “It’s no longer ‘down with Trump’, it’s ‘(expletive deleted by editor) Trump’.”

Capital News
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

Asia’s first journalist was also the first champion of press freedom. A fine retelling of the story of James Augustus Hicky attempts, yet again, to rehabilitate the “scurrilous, wild Irishman”

Breaking Down News: I Spy Eye in the Sky
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

Drones are being trained to control violent crowds and how a former Indian president did the Right thing

Does the Devil Wear Pravda?
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Of rescuers who risk it all, stings that bite and Elon Musk’s intriguing attack on the media

Speakeasy: Octopus in the Pan
Sun, May 27, 2018

Has the octopus evolved from alien life? The tentacles of the panspermia theory still entangles the scientific community.

Perhaps the Twain Shall Meet
Sat, May 26, 2018

Opposition alliance, or the lack of it, is potent fuel for television, and why attempts to end the Cold War have gone cold

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