Breaking News

Panorama

Shooting silenced at the Commonwealth

Mahavir Rawat Imagine India in place of New Zealand in the recently concluded controversial ICC World Cup final. One thing is for sure; we would not have taken that decision the way the New Zealand cricket team took it. Another thing that is for sure, in my opinion, is that ICC would have found a reason or a rule to …

Read More »

Royal misses: Lost and found

Paramita Ghosh It’s widely agreed that French queen, Marie Antoinette, died early because she had too many frocks at a time of social unrest. History places her the way she was: her contribution to France was in lace and ruffles. In India, on the other hand, many women who made significant history, have just been projected as domestic goddesses; their …

Read More »

Like it? Love it? Just rent it

Rental platforms for clothes and accessories – especially occasion wear – offer an easy way out for cash-strapped professionals Poulomi Banerjee ‘Sex and the City’ the film wasn’t nearly as cool as the series that ran on HBO. But they both did teach us a thing or two about fashion. Take the scene where Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) interviews prospective …

Read More »

The triumphant spirit of ISRO

Nandkumar M Kamat Finally, India’s second mission to the moon is right on target. The July 15 launch was aborted just an hour before the ignition. ISRO engineers corrected the fault without dismantling the rocket or shedding the fuel. The problem was related to getting proper pressure in liquid fuel tanks. This ensures continuous flow of fuel to the combustion …

Read More »

Looking back

Avantika Mehta To say Amrita Mahale’s debut novel is set in Mumbai circa 1997 is only partially correct. Written in a series of flashbacks, Mahale’s Milk Teeth is an interesting exploration of our recent past. The 90s, post-liberalisation, many remember those years as India’s glory days. Satellite television and the Internet was introduced. Mahale’s Mumbai is, however, crumbling, dirty and …

Read More »

The smartphone as a teaching aid

Luis Dias I’m quite a technophobe (old dog, new tricks) and resisted acquiring a so-called smartphone until 2012. My trusty old phone had begun playing up, I had been invited as part of a music pedagogy delegation to the US and friends advised me that I’d need a smartphone to stay in touch with family and colleagues on WhatsApp (I …

Read More »

The story of Nazir Ali

Gopalkrishna Gandhi Jagriti, made in 1954, is remembered today only by those like me, in their mid-70s, who saw it in their childhood, mesmerised by the acting of Abhi Bhattacharjee as the school teacher who takes a group of his student-wards on an all India excursion by train. Abhi-babu sings, during this journey (in Hemant Kumar’s voice), a song penned …

Read More »

By the quays of Akkad

TENSING RODRIGUES According to Lamberg-Karlovsky the Kathiyavad and Mesopotamia trade was not a ‘direct contact trade’, which is kathiyavadi traders did not carry goods all the way to Mesopotamia and vice-versa; it happened through two transshipment points Tepe Yahya and Bahrein [Lamberg-Karlovsky, 1979: Trade Mechanisms In Indus-Mesopotamian Interrelations, in Possehl (ed): Ancient Cities Of The Indus, 130]. But there is …

Read More »

The cities built by spices

FREDERICK NORONHA “Only a fool loans a book. Only a greater fool returns it.” So goes a popular saying, which one is often reminded of. This poses a bit of a dilemma. One strongly believes that information is power, and information (like power) needs to be shared equitably to get the best results. At the same time, if one is …

Read More »

Tackle domestic abuse

Lalita Panicker On an enforced period of medical leave recently, I watched a disturbing documentary on domestic abuse in England called Behind Closed Doors. It was worrying on many counts – the first being that seemingly loving partners can turn almost overnight into violent monsters. The second is that the victim continues in the abusive relationship till it becomes life-threatening. …

Read More »