Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

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

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.