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Some Fake News Lasts For Ever

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Homo Sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions

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Home Truths

A NARROW STREET IN the back lanes of Old Delhi leads to a 19th century two-storey structure with an iron gate. A woman who unlocks it keeps a register to record visitors to this shelter home for…

Some Fake News Lasts For Ever

WE ARE REPEATEDLY TOLD THESE days that we are living in a new and frightening era of ‘post-truth’, and that lies and fictions are all around us. Examples are not hard to come by. Thus in late…

The New Village Idiom

ACCORDING TO CENSUS 2011, 68.84 per cent of India’s population lives in rural India. When we were students, we used to be taught characteristics of an underdeveloped economy. The expression ‘…

Flood, Mud and Blood

I SHOULD HAVE BEEN in Kerala this week with Mr D, in search of elephants in Periyar and Wayanad and to revisit Cochin. I thought of Coorg as an alternative destination till I realised that it too had…

The Money Trap

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has increasingly been making or announcing—it is not clear which, perhaps he himself doesn’t know—policy decisions over Twitter. And so a few days ago he decided to turn his…

Take Off

A LITTLE OVER FOUR years ago, a pizzeria in Mumbai uploaded a video showing a drone dropping off a pizza. This was when Amazon had announced its plans of using drones to make future deliveries. And…

Mumbai Notebook

THEY SAY THAT the Humboldt penguin is a ‘vulnerable’ species. That’s one spot lower in danger level than ‘endangered’. Their population is declining, it is said, and the population of Mumbai’s…

Indraprastha

JOURNALISTS IN THE line of duty come to know people of eminence. I was fortunate to know Atalji from my college days and subsequently built on that relationship after becoming a writer. But this is…

Pilgrimage Paradigm

INDIA’S SACRED geography is a palimpsest of narratives in which the travelling pantheon and epics of the pan-Indian margi Sanskrit tradition meet, do battle with, and eventually intertwine with local…