Sunday , 23 September 2018


Lessons India must learn from Kerala

Ramachandra Guha I first went to Kerala in 1993, in the company of the ecologist Madhav Gadgil. We had been asked to speak at a meeting organised by that remarkable peoples’ science organization, the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad. We were received at Ernakulam Railway Station by the zoologist M K Prasad, a doyen of the KSSP. Despite his high status ... Read More »

India’s history to the beat of Hindi film music

Sudhirendar Sharma Could there be any political underpinnings of the time reflected in this unforgettable song: ‘Hum bewafa hargiz na thay, par hum wafa kar na sake’ of the late 1970’s? There isn’t much to Anand Bakshi’s lyrics but Kishore Kumar’s pitch, tone and tenor of delivery made the song a timeless classic. Place it in the year of its ... Read More »

Dance in music: The Bourrée

Luis Dias Like many of my generation, I was introduced to the bourrée through my study of violin. I came across it as an exam piece, a simplified version for violin and piano of the Bourrée from George Frideric Handel’s Water Music Suite no 1 in F major HWV 348. In the early 1970s, the only access to recorded music ... Read More »

Apple launches new iPhones

Apple launches iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR featuring iPhone X-like design. Here’s what the new iPhones bring to the table. One year after launching the polarising iPhone X, Apple has introduced three new iPhones that sport the design of the ultra-expensive device. The company unveiled iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The ‘S’ generation of ... Read More »

Controlling wild plant use for matoli

Nandkumar M Kamat After monitoring the matoli trade in Goa over the last two decades I have revised my opinion about the use of wild plants. There is now an urgent need to frame a new ecological ethic to be followed by all Ganesha worshipers. It is simple – We won’t use henceforth any plant for matoli which has not ... Read More »

Get the crowd back to the stands

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES England convincingly beat India and one thing that stood out during the series, and was well amplified later by India captain Virat Kohli ,  was the public participation right through the tournament. The crowds are coming back to watch Test cricket and if they are doing so it is because Test cricket is getting competitive again. Virat Kohli ... Read More »

work has given Dattu Baban Bhokanal his just rewards

From digging wells to selling onions to working in a petrol pump to representing India at the Rio Olympics while his mother was in a coma, India’s rowing star Dattu Baban Bhokanal has overcome every obstacle in life before winning the gold medal as part of India’s quadruple scull team at the recently-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Hailing from ... Read More »

Daily life of a cyclist in Delhi

Manoj Sharma Two years have rolled by since Anil Shukla, a roadside vendor in Connaught Place, got a stinging slap across his face from a car driver at the ITO crossing as he was cycling home. But he has yet to forget the humiliation. The time was close to 10 p.m., and Shukla had been headed home after a hard ... Read More »

In language, it’s best to play by the rules

Karan Thapar Have you ever considered how much of our lives are determined by rules? I don’t mean the rule of law. I’m talking of the more subtle ones that influence how we speak as well as those that we instinctively sense even if we haven’t always properly defined. I spent last week pondering this and it’s been quite delightful. ... Read More »

Mind your meat

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Is someone known to you going “crazy”? Suspicious, swings from being extremely happy to morose, hyperactive, insomniac, angry without reason? Check to see how much meat he is eating, especially pre-packaged or restaurant meat, like ham, sausages, hot dogs, dried beef or turkey jerky, salami. Cohort studies follow groups of individuals over time to investigate the causes ... Read More »