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Great Expectations

Last week, I had a strange conversation with a kid cousin I’m particularly close to. I’m her shield against parental missiles and the antidote to colony aunties’ stings. Every major life decision is…

The New IITian

There is a reason that Shruthy Suresh, 21, a final-year student of Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, is going abroad for a PhD in cancer research: some years ago, she suffered a…

‘Chhota Shakeel Calling’

Some media reports on the IPL scandal have hinted that not everyone in the mob involved in cricket gambling sports a tika on his forehead or plays for an IPL team. These reports suggest that the…

Time to Regulate Multi-level Marketers

Chit fund scams in the news may have prompted the arrest of Amway India’s chief Bill Pinckney in Kerala last fortnight (he was later released on bail), but this may be an opportunity for India to…

Remote Mindset

It was in 2005 that I had my first brush with the dangers that confront every beat journalist covering the Congress party. An electoral verdict that year had given the NDA the numbers in the…

Would You Eat Your Password?

Sick of remembering all the passwords and authentication information needed to access data, Regina Dugan, a Motorola executive, proposed a solution at the recent D11 conference--pills and tattoos.“…

The ‘Why’ Delusion

It is entirely justified to sneer at what you see on news channels or in newspapers, but the Indian media is still genuine in one respect—most of what they do is done in your service. The…

Humourless in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD ~ Laughter is really not the best medicine, especially for animals—at least according to the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, which has ordered a laughter club evicted from a…

The Loneliness of Prithviraj Chavan

His colleagues do not listen to him. The opposition sneers at him. With no help from any quarter, his ‘do-good’ mission is being weighed down by forces beyond his control. Not an enviable…

Anatomy of a Scandal

Ashwin Aggarwal—Tinku Mandi to neighbours and friends—was fast asleep when cops assembled outside his Adarsh Nagar residence in northern Delhi on 19 May 2013. There were no sirens. The PCR vans…