Sunday , 24 February 2019


The confessional, the consulting room, and the casino

Luis Dias Scenario 1: You are a GP (general practitioner or ‘family doctor’). A patient you’ve known for several years walks into your consulting-room and reveals s/he has suicidal thoughts, and matters have come to such a head that s/he has made elaborate plans to act upon those thoughts later that day. S/he listens to all your advice, but is ... Read More »

First impressions of Xiaomi Poco F1

Kul Bhushan Poco by Xiaomi is a new sub-brand from the company that focuses on delivering faster performance and a premium phone-like experience. As expected from Xiaomi, the company is building its own army of flagship killers with the best processors and lots of under-the-hood optimisation – all at an affordable price. The debutant is the Poco F1 which features ... Read More »

The Dawn Of Lunar Hydropolitics

Nandkumar Kamat Lunar hydropolitics can be defined as exoterrestrial politics by state parties or countries and private/business entities from our planet involving legal, technical, economic aspects of exploiting hydrolayer of lunar regolith and possible sublunar hydroresources. We see the dawn of lunar hydropolitics with these latest reports by Li, S, et al. “Direct Detections of Surface Exposed Water Ice in ... Read More »

Your chicken is killing you

Maneka Gandhi A study conducted by Princeton University reports a 36 per cent rise in antibiotic use globally in the last 10 years – except in India, which shows a rise of 62 per cent and is now the largest consumer of antibiotics in the world. If these antibiotics were being consumed directly by people, a public campaign could curtail ... Read More »

Why Vajpayee’s death leaves us all poorer

Karan Thapar Atal Bihari Vajpayee had a most engaging smile. It seemed to cover his entire face and, at the same time, made his eyes twinkle. That gave him an appearance of playful mischief. And he didn’t hesitate to smile frequently. In fact, I always assumed he enjoyed smiling. Consequently his smile is my enduring memory of this incomparable man. ... Read More »

Time to gracefully call it a day

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Few people are capable of calling a spade, a spade; though it is one of the easiest things to do. Many prefer to beat around the bush and in such times, the spade does not change its shape. The obvious cannot be hidden. This is the story of former Goa Ranji trophy and IPL player Shadab Jakati -– ... Read More »

With Imran as Pak PM, India can give Vajpayee’s cricket diplomacy another chance

AYAZ MEMON Brouhaha over former cricketer and current politician Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Pakistan’s army chief at Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony as Prime Minister is not just manufactured and funny, it is quite frankly senseless. The rancorous coverage that has followed shows immense silliness in sections of the media (and even more, social media) about foreign affairs and human ... Read More »

Search for salvation

Danish Raza| Hindustan Times   The rain has died down. Like the rest of Varanasi, Mukti Bhavan, the lodge for salvation seekers, is also fragrant with an overpowering earthy scent. Drops of water trickle down pipes. The sound of traffic is audible again in the bustling street where the Bhavan, a more than 60-year-old structure, with its wrought iron gate, ... Read More »

Time to embrace a well-established convention

Karan Thapar   ‘I say,’ began Pertie, with the air of someone who has an important question to ask, “How should television interviewers address their guests? Our lot do so in a variety of different ways. It all seems a bit of a mess. Is there a well-established convention they’re overlooking?” Please like & share: Read More »

Formalin in fish: Not a new issue

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi   Formaldehyde is a chemical which, when mixed with water and turned into a paste, is used for embalming dead bodies and preventing the decay of dead cells. Please like & share: Read More »