Friday , 19 October 2018


How a health crisis is brewing in Assam

Sadiq Naqvi On the morning of February 26, Janki Rawtia woke up feeling uneasy. The 36-year-old had no history of any serious ailment and no reason to think death was near. “I told her not to go to work,” Ratan Nayak, her husband, who also works at Doyang Tea Estate in Assam’s Golaghat district as a “faltu” (temporary worker) says, ... Read More »

India’s drag queens on their feminine identities and challenges

Being a drag artiste is more than cross-dressing. Queer men who take up this art form have found their alter egos in their feminine avatars. In India, they hope to create avenues for stage performances Sharif D Rangnekar On any given day, Noida-based 24-year-old Prateek comes across as a soft-spoken, shy and introverted individual, hesitant to engage with others. In ... Read More »

Science behind a fart

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi An interesting scientific experiment took place last year. Interesting because it was about the air expelled from the anuses of living beings, popularly known as farting and scientists investigating asked the public to send them information through a twitter handle called #doesitfart; this was published in a book with the same name. Fart, also known as flatulence, ... Read More »

Facebook has begun to do its part, now so must the government

Barkha Dutt We now know – from Facebook’s written submission to the ministry of information technology – that 335 downloads in India of the Kogan App called This is your Digital Life – enabled disgraced election advisory, Cambridge Analytica, which manipulated elections, to potentially breach the data of 562,455 Indians. What we still don’t know is what the organisation did ... Read More »

Where social networks come in

Frederick Noronha In the past few months, I’ve had to interact with some young people. Due to this, primarily, my gaze turned towards sections of the social media which I have largely overlooked for the last quarter century. My generation is that which jumped (rather early) onto the email bandwaggon, sometime around 1994. Resultantly, one had largely missed out on ... Read More »

There’s no reason for a religion-science clash

MARK TULLY The death of probably the world’s most famous cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, has re-opened the debate about the validity of religion. To put it simply: has science disproved god? Hawking didn’t leave much room for god when he said we humans are “just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star.” But he ... Read More »

TheTwo Waves

Tensing Rodrigues Based on the work done by Cavalli-Sforza and others, [Cavalli-Sforza et al, 1994: The History and Geography of Human Genes] Gadgil concludes that there were most probably two major phases of migration of ‘Indo-Europeans’ into the Indian subcontinent from Central Asia, across the northwestern frontier: the first around 8,000 BCE and the second around 2,000 BCE; the first ... Read More »

Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum

Kushalrani Gulab It’s easy to judge this book by its cover. After all, the title couldn’t be more direct – Mothering a Muslim: The Dark Secret in Our Schools and Playgrounds. So either you’re driven to read the book because your values will not allow you to escape another sad reality of life. Or you ignore it because you’re feeling ... Read More »

Victoria and Giacomo

By Luis Dias Much has been written about the 2017 British biographical comedy-drama ‘Victoria and Abdul’ and the multiple contrasts between the two protagonists: Queen and subject; geriatric frailty and youth; Christianity (and the head of the church of England, no less) and Islam; the violation of Victorian taboos of race and class and protocol, a tale of love and ... Read More »

Patna overtakes bangalore and Hyderabad in the 4G Availability in India

By Prajyot Mainkar As per the reports by OpenSignal, Patna has been spotted to be the top city in terms of 4G availability beating some of the major tech hubs such as Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune. Patna marked 4G availability of 92.61 per cent while Kanpur stood at second position with a share of 91.33 per cent. At the third ... Read More »