‘Cultures where people share more about themselves will be slow in switching’

Dan Ariely (Courtesy: Wikipedia) Noted behavioural economist Dan Ariely on WhatsApp users fleeing to Signal and Telegram COMMENTING about the frenzy among a section of messaging-app users to shift from WhatsApp to rivals such as Signal and Telegram, celebrated author and behavioural economist Dan Ariely says that switching from one platform to another is easier said than … Continue reading ‘Cultures where people share more about themselves will be slow in switching’

In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

Vinay Lal (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) EVER SINCE HE wrote an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times in 1998 titled Coming Out from Gandhi’s Shadow following India’s nuclear tests, Vinay Lal has earned a preeminent position as a public intellectual. His keen observations as a historian on Hindu nationalism, Indian movies, American foreign policy, history writing in India, society, people … Continue reading In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

‘Naïve’ Joe Biden likely to go soft on Donald Trump: Georgetown Professor C. Christine Fair

The next US President may encourage the Department of Justice to not “fully prosecute” Trump, complicit politicos and white supremacists, says renowned author and academic Christine Fair C. Christine Fair Acclaimed political scientist and security studies expert Professor C Christine Fair fears that Joe Biden, who will assume office as the 46th president of the US on January … Continue reading ‘Naïve’ Joe Biden likely to go soft on Donald Trump: Georgetown Professor C. Christine Fair

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi Underestimating the Farmers’ Wrath?

The Indian PM, obsessed with his ‘strong man’ persona, continues to resist demands by the protesters to repeal his three new agriculture laws Farmers Gulabh Singh and Pal from Kaithal, Haryana state, now protesting at Singhu border. They vow to go back only after the government repeals its three controversial farm laws Tikri lies on … Continue reading Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi Underestimating the Farmers’ Wrath?

They Didn’t Come to Worship at Your Throne

Farmers at Singhu border. December 2020 (Photo: Ullekh NP) You see them from behind concertina wires at lunchtime They tuck into their traditional breads like lions at their feast The scent of clarified butter tickles your palate through the nose The intimate bond of the hot slow-cooked meal Eternal smiles of the countryside, chiseled and … Continue reading They Didn’t Come to Worship at Your Throne

To the Edge of Sorrow: How Covid-19 Altered Our Perceptions About Life, Loss

Relatives prepare for the cremation of a Covid victim in Guwahati, September 28 (Photo: AP) MY FIRST experiences with grief were from the stories of my grandmother. For an old and benign woman of sunny disposition, she had a penchant for narrating the grimmest of stories with us children huddled around her in rapt attention, … Continue reading To the Edge of Sorrow: How Covid-19 Altered Our Perceptions About Life, Loss

The Brutal Honesty of Controversial Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (1960-2020)

Kim Ki-duk, September 3, 2013 (Photo: Getty Images) The celebrated director’s films put the spotlight on the lives of lower classes and outcasts like never before in the country's history. They were replete with gore, violence and sex, but they also exposed our hypocrisies I had left the Kerala film festival circuit almost a decade … Continue reading The Brutal Honesty of Controversial Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (1960-2020)

Katharina Volckmer’s Debut Novel ‘The Appointment’ Explores Germany’s Historical Baggage in a Personal and Political way

IT IS A MONOLOGUE in just over 100 pages and it is only towards the end that the reader recognises the root of the problem the narrator is trying to address: historical guilt. Specifically, the German historical guilt of its Nazi past, which, according to the author, needs more resolute acts of reconciliation proportionate to … Continue reading Katharina Volckmer’s Debut Novel ‘The Appointment’ Explores Germany’s Historical Baggage in a Personal and Political way

My Duty Towards the State Takes Precedence Over My Personal Ideologies: Yogi Adityanath

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on governance and growth in Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has taken a vow to crack down on unlawful religious conversions through a law popularly known as the ‘Love Jihad law’. He went ahead with this ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill 2020’ following an emphatic win in state … Continue reading My Duty Towards the State Takes Precedence Over My Personal Ideologies: Yogi Adityanath