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What the FM Must Do

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The Man Who Faked His Murder

On his return from work, Sreerag Subramanian, a software engineer with Hewlett Packard in Bangalore, called his mother in Palakkad. This was the evening of 21 May. By the account of the police,…

No Money? Have a Bank

JANGIPUR, WEST BENGAL ~ What Pranab Mukherjee does is difficult to undo. That seems to be the popular belief in the Congress party. But as Mukherjee leaves the Indian Government to prepare for his…

Who Is Secular in This Country?

A fierce debate rages in the Indian media over who is secular, with two extreme points represented by a couple of chief ministers— CM of Bihar Nitish Kumar and CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi. This…

Have Laws, Will Flout

The Prime Minister has spoken. His chosen lieutenants, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and C Rangarajan, have their job cut out to fight the economic slowdown. The brief is simple: revive investor sentiment…

The Real Thing: $5 Billion More

No brand salience, no bottlers, no signboards, no TV commercials—and temperatures of 42º Celsius. That was the long and short of The Coca-Cola Company’s existence in the Indian market before 1993,…

The Ordinary Irrfan in The Amazing Spider-Man

We were told via numerous media outlets that Irrfan Khan has a ‘meaty’ and ‘pivotal’ role in The Amazing Spider-Man. It was even reported that he plays the second villain in the film. As it turns out…

Lasting Impressions

How the picture changes in sport. It seems only yesterday that every mention of the Spanish football team was prefixed by the phrase ‘perennial underachievers’. For a long time, Euro 1964 was the…

The Battle for the ‘Right’ Cabin

The fire at Maharashtra’s administrative headquarters, Mantralaya, on 21 June has destroyed more than furniture and files. Murmurs in Mantralaya’s gutted corridors indicate that the fire also…

Sony Alpha SLT-A57K

I am no fan of Sony’s DSLR cameras. But its Alpha SLT-A57K amazed me. It’s got 16.1 megapixels, can shoot photos at 10 frames per second (fps) and 1080 p videos at 60 fps. It also has a wide…

Parents Are Less Likely to Catch a Cold

A new study has found that being a parent significantly reduces your risk of catching a common cold. Researchers behind the study suggest that this may be caused by unknown psychological or…