Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha IF ALL GOES well, the FIFA World Cup of this year-end, to be held in the months of November and December, as opposed to the usual months of May or June and July, will be held in the small nation of Qatar in the Persian Gulf. People from that … Continue reading Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

Born In Communism: The Romance of an Ideology That Inspired Us to Dream of a New World

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) I WAS BORN in a communist household in Kannur, a stronghold of the Left movement and home to many of its legendary leaders, one of them being my late father. Although he died at the unsuitable age of 41, when I was past four, I grew up on an intellectual and ideological … Continue reading Born In Communism: The Romance of an Ideology That Inspired Us to Dream of a New World

‘Kashi Corridor is the architectural expression of a journey towards self-discovery‘

Interview: Bimal H Patel, architect Bimal H Patel is one of India’s most reputed architects. He also handles some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects. The man behind the Central Vista project spoke to ULLEKH NP about the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project which, he says, was different from all his previous assignments because … Continue reading ‘Kashi Corridor is the architectural expression of a journey towards self-discovery‘

Book Review: Afghanistan Through Tariq Ali’s Eyes

Tariq Ali (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) TARIQ ALI CAN always be expected to inspire you with new information even about much talked about events. In that sense, he is often a reporter’s reporter who carries in his head rich anecdotes and side stories, not to talk of his penchant for digging out details of ambitious decisions … Continue reading Book Review: Afghanistan Through Tariq Ali’s Eyes

General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021): An Officer and a Gentleman

He will surely be missed as the country braces to strengthen its military prowess General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021) (Photo: Getty Images) THE TRAGIC DEMISE of India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash on December 8th in Tamil Nadu, seven minutes before he was to reach his destination along with … Continue reading General Bipin Rawat (1958-2021): An Officer and a Gentleman

Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SOUTH AFRICA CERTAINLY deserves praise for alerting the rest of the world on time about the presence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19 B.1.1529). One of the two countries, along with Botswana, where the strain possibly originated, it was soon targeted by dozens of countries for travel bans and restrictions, … Continue reading Bracing for Omicron, the New Covid Variant

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