CP Surendran marshals powerful characters to link the old and the new

CP Surendran (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) CP SURENDRAN’S NEW novel One Love and the Many Lives of Osip B is centred on the love story of a young adult named Osip Bala Krishnan, who, as a student of a boarding school in the cantonment town of Kasauli, falls in love with his English teacher. Elizabeth Hill, who is … Continue reading CP Surendran marshals powerful characters to link the old and the new

Politics, Paranoia and Pegasus

The NSO Group headquarters in Herzliya, Israel (Photo: Getty Images) ABOUT WRITING WHAT would become his signature 1983 song titled ‘Every Breath You Take’ for the British rock band The Police, musician Sting said later, “I didn’t realise at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and … Continue reading Politics, Paranoia and Pegasus

The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair

C. Christine Fair C.Christine Fair is a renowned scholar of military affairs and politics in South Asia and has lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan besides other countries. Early on, she was a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul. Fair, Professor, Security Studies, at Georgetown University, is one of the … Continue reading The return of the Taliban will have grave consequences for India, says C Christine Fair

Covid-19 is aggravating India’s uncontrolled diabetes burden

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) BODY BUILDER AND FITNESS coach Raman Singh (name changed) has always held a vendetta against carbs. For the last five years, he has had his medical checkups done every six months, but when the Mumbai-based 40-year-old was diagnosed with high blood sugar levels some months ago, which could only be treated with … Continue reading Covid-19 is aggravating India’s uncontrolled diabetes burden

‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’

Richard McGregor is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party celebrating 100 years of its formation, this former Beijing bureau chief of the Financial Times spoke to Open on China’s foreign relations, the history of the communist party in that country, … Continue reading ‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’

A Cold War State of Mind and Weird Neurosurgeries

Brandy Schillace opens the lid on the race between the West and the Soviets to dominate the world through brain science Brandy Schillace Any writer less talented than Brandy Schillace would have made this book – a grand medley of biography, history, medicine, ethics, geopolitics and Cold War – monotonous and dreadful. It is wacky … Continue reading A Cold War State of Mind and Weird Neurosurgeries

In his first book in 10 years, Daniel Kahneman re-examines human follies, suggests remedies

Daniel Kahneman THIS IS DANIEL Kahneman’s first major book in ten years and, therefore, his first after the bestselling Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011). He departs in Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment from his previous works and complements them by re-evaluating human decisions and mistakes. A recap of his previous scholarly accomplishments would mean a quick … Continue reading In his first book in 10 years, Daniel Kahneman re-examines human follies, suggests remedies

The Inside Story of the India Meteorological Department’s Success in Predicting Extreme Weather

MRUTYUNJAY MOHAPATRA WAS six when his father came running into the house, yelling at the top of his voice, “The storm is coming!” They were residents of a village not far from Dhamra in Bhadrak district, Odisha and, 50 years later, he still remembers that morning as though it were yesterday. His father’s warning saved … Continue reading The Inside Story of the India Meteorological Department’s Success in Predicting Extreme Weather

Malcolm Gladwell and The Tragedy of a Few Good Men

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book examines one of the great moral challenges of World War II and the price of different actions Malcolm Gladwell (Photo: Alamy) FOR A WRITER who has written bestsellers in social psychology, The Bomber Mafia: A Story Set in War is a departure for Malcolm Gladwell, the celebrated 57-year-old UK-born Canadian journalist, author and … Continue reading Malcolm Gladwell and The Tragedy of a Few Good Men