Global Trends, New Players, Govt Push, Mindset Change Drive Sales of EVs in India

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) FORTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD PK Raveendran’s new Tata Nexon is a source of tremendous curiosity in his Kannur neighbourhood in northern Kerala. When he returns from shopping, he finds people crowded around his car, peering inside to view its dashboard and other features. He says he uses the vehicle not only for his daily trips … Continue reading Global Trends, New Players, Govt Push, Mindset Change Drive Sales of EVs in India

I am very surprised about India making so little progress in football, says Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SIMON KUPER has earned a reputation over the years as one of the world’s greatest football writers. A columnist with the Financial Times, 51-year-old Kuper is an author of several books on football, including perhaps the most influential of them all, Soccernomics, co-authored with sport economist Stefan Szymanski. His latest book, Barça: … Continue reading I am very surprised about India making so little progress in football, says Simon Kuper

Jai Bhim has been brewing in my mind for past 15 years, says director-writer Gnanavel

Director Tha Se Gnanavel with Suriya on the sets of Jai Bhim TJ Gnanavel, director and writer of Jai Bhim, the Suriya-starrer that was launched to critical acclaim on Amazon Prime on November 2, says he had internalised the story of the historic legal case narrated in the movie ever since he first interviewed former Madras … Continue reading Jai Bhim has been brewing in my mind for past 15 years, says director-writer Gnanavel

Puneeth Rajkumar’s Death Stirs Debate on Extreme Workouts and Sudden Cardiac Deaths

THE PREMATURE DEMISE of 46-year-old Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar due to a heart attack in late October has raised uncomfortable questions about extreme workouts in non-sporting professions that often celebrate taut bodies as a mark of career success. Transforming oneself into a lean, mean male with a wiry, striated physique is the holy grail for … Continue reading Puneeth Rajkumar’s Death Stirs Debate on Extreme Workouts and Sudden Cardiac Deaths

The rags-to-riches story of Mumbai-born Darshita Gillies as a tech entrepreneur with a big heart

THE SOFT-SPOKEN technology entrepreneur Darshita Gillies says she revels in “any opportunity to give our gifts more to the world”, suggesting that she wants to help make the world a better place. The Indian-origin British philanthropist loves what she does for its impact on a large section of people as her organisation uses technology to … Continue reading The rags-to-riches story of Mumbai-born Darshita Gillies as a tech entrepreneur with a big heart

AQK stole credit from colleagues and ran a global illegal nuclear proliferation network

Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936-2021) (Photo: Reuters) ABDUL QADEER KHAN, who died on October 10th in Islamabad, was born on April Fool’s Day in 1936 in undivided India’s Bhopal. He was nobody’s fool though. Rather, he fooled others in the scientific firmament to steal overseas nuclear technology to catapult Pakistan to nuclear-power status. He was forever trying … Continue reading AQK stole credit from colleagues and ran a global illegal nuclear proliferation network

The Stoned Age: The expanding landscape of drug abuse in India

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Proximity to the Golden Crescent and the Golden Triangle compounds the problem of illicit drugs in India where the super-rich and the poor alike have easier access to narcotic and psychotropic drugs that suit their purse. The rise of the Taliban who control 90 per cent of the world’s opium production and … Continue reading The Stoned Age: The expanding landscape of drug abuse in India

Edward Luttwak Wants Indian Forces to Learn ‘Hiring’ from Israel

Edward Luttwak (Photo: Twitter) Emulate IDF which recruits even autistic candidates to utilise their special talent, says acclaimed American military scholar WORLD-renowned military historian Edward N Luttwak — who advises American allies and friendly countries on strategy — has said that India must learn from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on how to tactically hire … Continue reading Edward Luttwak Wants Indian Forces to Learn ‘Hiring’ from Israel

In Afghanistan, Where Truth Has Gone Underground, Journalists Narrate Their Ordeal

A Taliban patrol in Kabul, August 18 (Photo: AP) SADIQA SHERZAI LEFT her home in Kunduz, a major city in northern Afghanistan, shortly after the Taliban overran the area several weeks before they gained control of the country. The radio and TV platforms she founded in 2008 had earned the wrath of the religious hardliners … Continue reading In Afghanistan, Where Truth Has Gone Underground, Journalists Narrate Their Ordeal