Madhavankutty Pillai

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

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
God’s Own Feminists

The bizarre world of ants and why a handful choose to study it

28 October 2009
Revenge of the Rs 200 Ticket

An honest review of Diwali extravaganza Blue.

21 October 2009
The Inheritance

A rare genetic disorder can be the most crushing and lonely ordeal to suffer.

15 October 2009
India and the Nobel Prize

While Indians rarely figure in the list of Nobel Prize winners, we haven’t been entirely missing either.

07 October 2009
‘Fizzle’ as in Bombs

The yield from the Hiroshima atom bomb was 18 KT. The Pokhran ‘fizzle’ yielded around 27 KT.

03 September 2009
Life after a Life Sentence

Some of them spent their best years in prison. They were young when they went in and middle-aged when they were released. Some are still serving time. What does freedom mean to such people? Here it is in their own words

13 August 2009
Kapil’s Kaplish

Kapil Dev, without any struggle, has got complete independence from the rules of the English language

13 August 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 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 a founding member of the governing council of India Foundation. He is the author of, among other titles, Partitioned Freedom and The Hindutva Paradigm

Makarand R Paranjape

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


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