Saturday , 17 November 2018


R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

Luis Dias What does one do when the King of the High Cs of Opera is suddenly indisposed, almost literally at the last minute before a major performance? Getting the Queen of Soul to step in might not seem the most likely resort, but it worked, and how! In 1998, Luciano Pavarotti abruptly had to cancel a performance at that ... Read More »

New phone on the block

Marcia Sekhose Huawei’s e-brand Honor has launched its cheapest smartphone in India for `6,999. Honor 7S comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. Here are the first impressions of the Honor 7S. Honor 7S is a very compact and handy smartphone, the perfect size for those who don’t like large screens. Honor has also managed to squeeze in a ... Read More »

Xiaomi unveils Redmi 6 and 6A

Prajyot Mainkar Xiaomi has unveiled Redmi 6 and 6A in India. Redmi 6 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1440 pixels x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with IMG PowerVR GPU. The phone has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while its variant has 64GB storage. The ... Read More »

Tribute To “Luca” Cavalli-Sforza

Nandkumar Kamat What Newton is to Newtonian Physics, Einstein to theory of relativity, Darwin to theory of natural selection, Edward O. Wilson to biodiversity studies, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Italian population geneticist is to study of molecular geography and anthropology of genes. Among generations of population geneticists he was fondly called as “Luca”. He died in Belluno, Italy on August 31 ... Read More »

‘Nothing grows under a banyan tree’

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES India came out of its shadow during the Asian Games in Indonesia and through it could be seen the silhouette of Goa. Along with the haul of medals was a basket of adjectives and as Team India reached home a chord of discontent began to buzz in Goa. The Asian Games had a different hue for Goa due ... Read More »

Learn astrobiology at Goa University

Nandkumar Kamat My generation grew up with NASA (National Aeronautics And Space Administration) which is celebrating 60 years of its foundation and witnessed revolutionary discoveries. One question which fascinated my generation was whether we are the only intelligent civilisation in this whole universe or there could be several? Is organic life an unique phenomena on Earth? Noted astronomer Carl Sagan ... Read More »

Sewing new life into zardozi

Pokemon, Eiffel tower, burgers; the traditional gold-thread embroidery has gone pop. New motifs are being used on scarves, jackets and ties, and finding takers around the world Lavina Mulchandani Helicopters etched in gold on denim jackets, kitschy autorickshaws on shawls, an Eiffel tower in copper on a pair of jeans — zardozi is changing its world view. The word zardozi ... Read More »

For Mallya, good times in a cell with a view

Karan Thapar I’ve never known Pertie to get so excited. Normally, he’s a placid, laid-back sort of chap. Even when the waiter at the Gymkhana Club poured chicken curry into his lap all he could bring himself to say was a gentle ‘Steady on, old chap’. Jeeves would have been proud of him. But this occasion was very different. “Do ... Read More »

Dealing with that cat smell

MANEKA GANDHI Recently, someone wrote to me from Mumbai saying they lived next to a person who kept cats in his flat. They complained about the smell. I sent a team to the gentleman’s flat, thinking that he was one of those people who piles on animals because he is mentally unsound and starves them to death while being a ... Read More »

The three who took on the Congress

Ramachandra Guha Three individuals passed away this month. All were politicians, although they belonged to three different parties. And to three different regions of India as well. One was a Hindi speaker, a second a Tamil, the third a Bengali. Two had successful careers outside politics; one as a writer, another as a barrister. One practised nepotism occasionally, a second ... Read More »