Wednesday , 12 December 2018


Goa’s battle against alcoholism

Fighting against alcoholism is a tremendous challenge and a thankless job, but Rajesh Patil, a surgeon has been recognised nationally for his fight against the disease. NT Network met with Patil to know more about his efforts and the effects alcohol has on people Janice Savina Rodrigues |NT NETWORK Alcoholism has wrecked many lives, torn families apart and often led ... Read More »

BJP, PDP are acting out an ancient script

Karan Thapar Strange as it may seem, some of the wisest things have been said before. When that is the case they’ve also been best expressed on the earlier occasion. An excellent example is a famous sentence from William Congreve’s play, The Mourning Bride, written in 1697: “Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, nor Hell a Fury, ... Read More »

Why panchgavya is the way to go

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI A recent book I have picked up, from The Other India Bookshop, is a manual on panchgavya by K Natarajan. Natarajan has studied the effects of panchgavya for decades and has used it across India to treat plants, animals and human beings. He says that the basic preparation should be fine tuned for maximum efficiency. He has ... Read More »

Ancient India speaks to today’s India

Ramachandra Guha I have just finished reading Upinder Singh’s recently published book, Political Violence in Ancient India. A subtle and wide-ranging work of scholarship, it analyses debates on violence and non-violence in a range of texts: from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to Kalidasa’s plays to the discourses of the Buddha (taking in the Laws of Manu and Kautilya’s Arthashastra ... Read More »

When it rains, it pours

Frederick Noronha When it rains, it pours. This saying in English usually means that when something good or bad happens, it usually occurs more than once and often within a short period of time. In the case of Goa, it just means what it says: heavy rains that are tough to cope with. This monsoon season, we’ve seen at least ... Read More »

Legislation is the best way to counter India-bashing

Mark Tully Once again India has been bashed about by international surveys creating a dismal image of the country. There was the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report on Kashmir with the standard outraged response from the head of the Army General Bipin Rawat. He described the report as “fallacious, tendentious, and motivated ….. overtly prejudicial and seeks ... Read More »

The Sarabha Story

The Sarabha story from Siva Purana we read last time is not just about the Saiva- Vaisnava conflicts at the beginning of the last millennium; it also speaks about the Deccan a thousand years prior to it. The purana are layered texts, memories after memories laid upon one another, intricately woven together into one narrative; peel them off like skins ... Read More »

Survival of the fittest brands

Sujoy Gupta No, the hyphen in the single-word cover title isn’t a typo. It’s there to assert that this book is as unique as the brands it talks about. Curiously, Ramya isn’t a brand executive. She’s described as a storyboard creator busily tracking the advertising and marketing ups and downs of soft media products created for TV channels like Star ... Read More »

None Shall Sleep

Luis Dias I think that’s a fair prediction? No football-crazy person with access to live coverage of the FIFA World Cup matches will sleep very much this week, just as so many of us haven’t ever since it all began. “None Shall Sleep” is the literal translation of “Nessundorma”, the title of possibly the best-known and loved operatic aria on ... Read More »

Here’s how Iceland is using bitcoin mining infra for deep learning applications

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Nick Rigillo | Bloomberg After devouring nearly as much energy as all of Iceland’s households combined, Bitcoin miners may be about to return something to the community that’s housed them. Iceland is looking past the faddishness of crypto currencies and toward other projects that need the same kind of infrastructure that Bitcoin miners rely on. These include ... Read More »