Friday , 27 April 2018


The making of Panaji

Still one of the better cities in India, also chosen to be developed as a smart city, Panaji’s history isn’t just to do with fine Indo-Portuguese architecture, but is also about being a strategic location, that also saw law and administration being optimised along with trade and rapid urbanisation. NT NETWORK traces the history and roots of how Panaji attained ... Read More »

How I Was Pleasantly Surprised By the CISF

Karan Thapar I suppose it was the tone of voice that brought back memories from 30 years ago or perhaps the look of surprise on his face when I thanked him. Either way, it was a lesson I should not have forgotten. Recently as I passed through the security check at the Delhi airport I noticed that the demeanour of ... Read More »

Coming of a ‘dark’ era

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In Indian irrigation department, there is a commonly used term “dark area”; this refers to a place where there is no point in digging up a tube well as the ground water has fallen below 500 feet. Over the last ten years, increasing parts of the land have become dark. I have an entire block in my ... Read More »

Choosing the ten greatest Indians

Ramachandra Guha When, in August 2017, India marked the 70th year of its freedom from British colonial rule, Hindustan Times did a series of long stories on 70 of this and 70 of that: the 70 best books written since Independence, the 70 greatest sportspersons since Independence, the 70 finest films since Independence, the 70 most influential politicians since Independence. ... Read More »

The Politics of Rape

Frederick Noronha In the ultra-polarised world of the social media, even an issue like rape gets politicised. On discussion groups in Facebook, in WhatsApp forwards, and via email messages, we let our bias show when it comes to these most shocking forms of violence and attacks on even young children. Rape is an extreme crime. It shocks us out of ... Read More »

Media and Ethics*

Patricia Pereira Sethi There is a New Truth out there today. In the current media landscape, the stream of communication flows in more than one direction. Instead of the consumer merely being the passive recipient of news, advanced and innovative new conduits permit him almost immediately to question and respond to the information received. Social media, forums, blogs and the ... Read More »

Ancient God Of A Modern Metropolis

Tensing Rodrigues Several ancient sites across the islands that constitute modern Mumbai and its suburbs seem to be home to relics of a rich past; from Parel Heptad to Gharapuri Caves, North Konkan is strewn with Jaina, Buddhist and Siva related archaeological remains. Parel Heptad is an 11.5 ft by 6.5 ft, apparently uncompleted, marble sculpture, which was found during ... Read More »

What we are writing now

Jerry Pinto I remember the time the first Penguin India books came out. I stood in Mumbai’s now-defunct Strand Book Stall, reading from Nisha Da Cunha’s beautiful stories, Old Cypress and then saw Padma Hejmadi’s Birthday Deathday. Those were the days when I did not buy a book unless I had already read it and knew that it would be ... Read More »

Give ‘em hell, Pachelbel!

Luis Dias I recently took on a young violin pupil, with an additional challenge: to get her to perform the first violin part of the famous Canon in D by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) for a family wedding later this year. The countdown has well and truly begun! The work is easily recognisable, and is commonly played at ... Read More »

Intex UDAY, Reach Allure Rise budget smartphones launched in India

By Prajyot Mainkar Vivo has launched its latest smartphone in the ‘Y’ series in India – the Y71. The phone comes with 5.99-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone has 1440×720 pixels of resolution and runs on Android v8.0 Oreo edition. It is powered by 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU. ... Read More »