Sandipan Deb

Sandipan Deb is an IIT-IIM graduate who wandered into journalism after reading a quote from filmmaker George Lucas — “Everyone cage door is open” — and has stayed there (in journalism, not a cage) for the past 19 years. He has written a book on the IITs.

Remembering Vinod Mehta: Tales from the Last Chance Saloon

Vinod Mehta updates his memoir with more wicked and wonderful stories from his life as an editor

23 January 2015
Mahabharata Redux

The Last War is a re-imagining of the great epic set in the Mumbai underworld. In the dead of night, a few hours before he and his brothers go to war against their cousins for control of the city’s largest crime empire, Jeet Kuru starts having doubts. But that old fox Kishenbhai will have none of it. Extracts from a new novel

29 December 2012
The Last One

The valedictory column from a grateful editor

27 July 2010
An Interpretation of Dreams

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a disturbing puzzle about the difference between dreams and reality. It is guaranteed to achieve cult status.

21 July 2010
Octopus Brain

It’s not an insult. It’s something actively being studied by scientists and engineers.

13 July 2010
What’s Funny About It?

Going by Google’s idea of what constitutes humour, global dominance will elude it for a while yet.

06 July 2010
For He’s a Jolly Bad Fellow

How come some of the world’s brightest minds are such no-gooders otherwise?

01 July 2010
Pizzazz, Please

Without the flair of football individuality, this World Cup will only merit a yawn.

23 June 2010
Words in the Wilderness

Sarat Chandra’s appeals were humane and logical. But sadly, not enough.

16 June 2010
A Life with a View

This is poetry by a mellow Pritish Nandy, a man who thinks he’s aged.

09 June 2010


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, among several titles, Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. His latest book is Gandhi: A Life in Three Campaigns

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 an author and columnist. Views are personal.


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