Madhavankutty Pillai

Madhavankutty Pillai has no specialisations whatsoever. He is among the last of the generalists. And also Open chief of bureau, Mumbai  


Co-publisher John Goldwater wanted an everyday American boy, the opposite of Superman.

29 April 2010
Famous Aviation Deaths

The last Polish head of state to die in office, Wladyslaw Sikorski, also died in a plane crash.

15 April 2010
‘It Works’, So It Must be True… You Wish

Why astrologers and their clients see truth and validity in astrology where none exists.

09 April 2010
The Scientific Case against Astrology

Extensive tests, including one by India’s most famous astrophysicist, confirm that astrology is a hoax.

08 April 2010
The Death Debate

While we debate the merits of euthanasia, while well-meaning emotion battles hard-headed reason, Aruna Shanbag languishes in her vegetative state in a hospital bed. It’s been 40 years. Get your head around it.

02 March 2010
Art & Culture
From the Horse’s Mouth

The Kala Ghoda fest is supposedly about nine days of ‘cultural’ activity. But it’s really more a street fair.

17 February 2010
Obituary of a Tribe

Boa, an 85-year-old Andamanese, who was the last living member of an ancient tribe, died on Republic Day.

16 February 2010
In Search of the Smell of Rain

A group of art students learnt synthetic biology to make bacteria produce the smell of rain in a lab. They almost succeeded.

05 January 2010
So, What Happened?

Lucid language, poignant moments and one hell of an ending. If only there was a plot to fill the 200-odd pages.

30 December 2009
Grow Emus, Young Man

The national bird of Australia is busy making babies in Indian poultry farms. And they are not here to be slaughtered, not for 10 more years at least.

08 December 2009


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is a member of Rajya Sabha and the author of several books, including Doolally Sahib and the Black Zamindar: Racism and Revenge in the British Raj

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Views are personal.


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