For the Love of The Game: The Rise of Online Fantasy Sport

Bengaluru-based hardware engineer and soccer nut Lashminarayan Venkatesan says that he derives immense “gratification” playing online fantasy sports because it gives him a stake in the real game being played between teams. This category of games online is nothing new, but has been growing rapidly over the past few years, thanks mostly due to what … Continue reading For the Love of The Game: The Rise of Online Fantasy Sport

Murder Most Foul: Killing Political Rivals In front of Family, Children

Syed Mohammad Salahuddin The recent murder of a young political worker in Kannur, north Kerala, in the presence of his sisters puts the spotlight on a ghastly tradition of revenge politics The killing of a political worker of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political arm of the pro-Muslim Popular Front of India … Continue reading Murder Most Foul: Killing Political Rivals In front of Family, Children

Mukesh Ambani’s Grand Strategy

ONE OF THE many messages shared online after Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) snapped up debt-saddled Future Group’s retail assets invoked Gujarati pride and its mercantile ethos. In the joke, the narrator and Mukesh Bhai (Mukesh Ambani, RIL’s chairman) go to buy groceries from Big Bazaar, owned by Future, and while the narrator buys onions on sale, Asia’s … Continue reading Mukesh Ambani’s Grand Strategy

Global Study on Indian Informal Sector Reveals Shocking Results

High economic growth rate has done very little for unorganized workers, especially women and lower castes, says the report published by UNU-WIDER A recent paper published by the United Nations University that studied the transition of jobs between India’s informal and formal sectors during the high-growth period between 2004-05 and 2011-12 has said that upward … Continue reading Global Study on Indian Informal Sector Reveals Shocking Results

Dhoni and the ‘Teri keh ke Lunga’ Spirit of Gangs of Wasseypur

To soccer fans like me obsessed with some of the early proponents of total football and the concept of libero, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is Franz Beckenbauer of Germany and Johan Cruyff of the Netherlands rolled into one. The former, nicknamed Der Kaiser, typically snatched the game away from the jaws of defeat from an unlikely … Continue reading Dhoni and the ‘Teri keh ke Lunga’ Spirit of Gangs of Wasseypur

Lockdown has unleashed a new wave of sexual experimentation in the land of the Kamasutra

 (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) More Indians, especially women from small towns, are craving sexual fulfilment with or without companions. A recent survey done on 2.2 crore online shoppers of sex toys in India by Thatspersonal.com, which sells such products, confirms the trend. The report shows that the Covid-19 lockdown has not only been a blessing in disguise … Continue reading Lockdown has unleashed a new wave of sexual experimentation in the land of the Kamasutra

Young Russian writer Alisa Ganieva is thrilled about her works getting translated into Indian languages

ALISA GANIEVA WAS not meant to be born in Moscow, but in her native Dagestan in southernmost Russia. Her place of birth happens to be the national capital of the erstwhile Soviet Union because she was born prematurely to her parents, both researchers at the Moscow University and hailing from the less developed Caucasus region … Continue reading Young Russian writer Alisa Ganieva is thrilled about her works getting translated into Indian languages

Tussle Heats Up Between Harsh Vardhan and Premier Research Institute

The Department of Science and Technology has asked NITI Aayog’s VK Saraswat to revoke his order granting five-year extension to Dr Asha Kishore of Sree Chitra Institute An extension given to the director of a prestigious medical institute has triggered tensions between a prominent NITI Aayog member, who is also the president of the institute, … Continue reading Tussle Heats Up Between Harsh Vardhan and Premier Research Institute

Pakistan Caught between Reality and PR Tactics Amid an Outcry to Convert a Sikh Temple into a Mosque

Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru Singh, Naulakha Bazar, Lahore A RECENT SOCIAL MEDIA video shared by a man in Lahore went viral and then transformed into a campaign to convert a Sikh gurdwara erected in the memory of a martyred 18th century legend, Bhai Taru Singh, into a mosque. The video claimed that the Sikh … Continue reading Pakistan Caught between Reality and PR Tactics Amid an Outcry to Convert a Sikh Temple into a Mosque

Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study

When Dr Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern and her colleagues at Israel’s Bar Ilan University tied up several months ago with scientists at the country’s Leumit Health Care Services, a health insurance and medical services entity, their intention was to determine the links between low vitamin D and COVID-19-related hospitalisation. Frenkel-Morgenstern, Head, Cancer Genomics and BioComputing of Complex Diseases Lab at Azrieli Faculty of … Continue reading Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study