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How to Get Smart. Really

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Yes, you can. You can tweak your brains to perform better

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Budget

Unlike many of his cabinet colleagues, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee does not even have a passing interest in cricket. But had he taken up the sport, Mukherjee would have been a handy opener in…

It’s a Trickle

In an indication that there’s some way to go before business confidence in India comes back to the heady levels of 2007-08, private equity firms invested about $888 million across 44 deals during the…

Our Own Green Warrior

Playing hide and seek with death is not a good way to spend a childhood. But by the tender age of eight, Aarti Bhalla had already hoodwinked the grim reaper twice. That was 40 years ago. Today, she…

Life without Marxists

If there was any doubt over the Trinamool juggernaut continuing its unstoppable run in Bengal, results of the recent municipal polls in the state laid it to rest. There is nothing now that stands…

In Memory of Mayawati

In the small mandi town of Bilaspur in western Uttar Pradesh (UP), a small nondescript statue of Ambedkar was attacked by an angry mob of students some years ago. They were protesting the fact that…

Look Who’s Not Poor

The Food Commissioner appointed by the Supreme Court has recommended that the Poverty Line in urban areas be pegged at an income of Rs 1,000 per month per person. Those who earn below this are…

Lies and Bullets

Criminals who are in the business of extortion don’t stay in a dharamshala. And they don’t apply for work at Kotak Mahindra Bank, and then readily accept transfers. But that is not something the…

Why the Umbrella Does Not Evolve

Some circumstances cause unique facial expressions. For instance, when you open the toilet door and find a person sitting on the commode, what you encounter for a moment is a philosopher who…

Dear Mama, When Do I Grow Up?

In 2004, Rahul Gandhi and Varun Gandhi, cousins and grandsons of India’s only woman prime minister, Indira Gandhi—often called the only man in her Cabinet—entered politics. While Rahul joined the…

Wheeling the Worrisome Way

The crisis at Air India (AI) has come to a head. The deficit is a grand sum of Rs 5,000 crore, and as always the shameless are asking for a bailout. The Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel talks of…