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India High on Tough Wins

...and looking good to go the last mile As a sports crazy teenager following the 1990 football World Cup in Italy, I remember reading an article by a journalist at that tournament about his…

Another Foolish Ban

“The government has taken a serious note of the book that has made disgraceful statement (sic) on the national leader. It is demeaning for the nation,” Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said when…

Fish and Cheer

It isn’t enough for the fish you eat to be fresh and healthy; they need to be happy as well. A tuna company plans to farm in water off the South Australian coast that is 40 metres deep instead of the…

Spam in the Time of Scam

Spam emails that promise you sudden and unimaginable wealth are ubiquitous, but have recently reached new levels of creativity. ‘Namaskar, my name is Radha Ramalinga,’ a new one begins. ‘I am the…

Healthy Deli-cacy

You might want to leave your leafy garden salad aside in favour of a succulent, meaty hot dog. You might want to leave your leafy garden salad aside in favour of a succulent, meaty hot dog. According…

The Delete App

Any random marriage proposals or slurs you might have posted on Facebook and Twitter in a drunken state can now be deleted using this hot new iPhone application. Last Night Never Happened can get rid…

Withdrawal Symptoms

Life without Hindi cinema is dull, devoid of colour, flamboyance and its unique, cheerful non-cynical cheesiness.  I know because I’ve led it  for the last month.  There were no significant Hindi…

The Strange Silence of Mahesh Bhatt

The media’s favourite go-to person for quotes has been keeping it quiet, of late. He’s hardly seen on the television talk shows he was once a fixture on, his provocative statements have dried up, and…

Acer Liquid Metal

The moment I took the phone out of the box, I fell in love with it. I was still to switch it on. A Sim card slipped in, the bundled 8 GB micro SD card inserted, battery popped in—and on the charger…

The Scent of a New Theory

Traditionally, it has been held that our sense of smell depends on the shape of molecules. This lock and key mechanism proposes that molecules wafting into our nose bind with one of the receptor…