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The Lady Naxals

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The lady Naxals of Dandakaranya

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The Man Who Knew Uncertainty

And the uncertain things that happen when you meet Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb told me he would be down in the lobby in eight minutes. It was unusual to have…

The Desperation of the Marathi Groom

When 30-year-old Chinmay Thombare set out to marry, he thought finding a wife would be a cakewalk. After all, he had a Rs 9 lakh annual pay package and a ‘well maintained’ body. It has been five…

Pigs Get Raw Justice

Daparijo, a small town in Arunachal Pradesh, was the sort of place where a man could let his pig wander without fear. Which made the place prone to frequent epidemics. After several warnings were…

False Labour Pains

When Meghalaya lawmakers decided to station ambulances in remote parts of the state earlier this year, they couldn’t have anticipated that villagers would use them as a taxi service. “Since the…

1975 Ban on Ray Film Lifted

In what could be the longest Indian film ban to be revoked, a documentary on Sikkim by Satyajit Ray will soon be free to view. In 1971, the film was commissioned by the then ruler of Sikkim (its…

Behind the Curve

There is a mathematical object called a pursuit curve. A simple example will illustrate what it means. Consider a hound chasing a fox; even if the hound is faster than the fox, to intercept the fox…

The Revenge of Rajnikanth

People who spell Rajnikanth without an ‘h’ have begun to write about him. And what they see with their north Indian eyes is a dark man whose improbable power dwarfs the fame of prettier men in Bombay…

The Third Wave

The big debate has begun. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently made public a discussion paper on the entry of new banks in the private sector, one of the most keenly awaited subjects in financial…

Algae will Save the Day

To battle the looming carbon dioxide threat from mushrooming industries, Orissa is turning to the sea. Because CO2 levels have risen to unforeseen proportions, the state government has launched a…

If His Hand hadn’t been Cut off

As against the customary ‘son of a bitch’, naintemone in Malayalam means ‘son of a dog’. There are expletives greater in scale in the language. Naintemone is mild enough to be used in a family…