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From reality to fiction, a tale of two opposites

Krishnan Srinivasan has written six books centred around an intriguing character he’s called Michael Marco. Marco is so different from the author that I wonder if Kris looked deep into a mirror and decided to create the opposite of what he saw?
Marco is no Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. Instead, his kindliness reminds you of Jane Marple, his manner and appearance of Inspector Ghote (Shutterstock)
Marco is no Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. Instead, his kindliness reminds you of Jane Marple, his manner and appearance of Inspector Ghote (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:15 AM IST
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Thinking beyond love and arranged marriages

Contemporary Indian romance, intimacies, and marriages are far more complex than surveys, reality TV shows, or social institutions make them out to be
My research set out to explore what these categories of arranged and love mean for the urban Indian middle-class, and what is a modern process of matchmaking (Shutterstock)
My research set out to explore what these categories of arranged and love mean for the urban Indian middle-class, and what is a modern process of matchmaking (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:24 AM IST
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ByParul Bhandari

From hot borders to peace and development belts

The Assam-Mizoram dispute needs to be seen in the context of the colonial legacy, failed attempts at dispute resolution, and now, newer demands. Involving local communities and reimagining the role of the region is the way out
We are all prisoners of a colonial history. Borders were drawn arbitrarily and built on certain rules and regulations, which continue to be used today. It is time to move beyond the older paradigms and conceive of contested territory as joint economic zones (PTI)
We are all prisoners of a colonial history. Borders were drawn arbitrarily and built on certain rules and regulations, which continue to be used today. It is time to move beyond the older paradigms and conceive of contested territory as joint economic zones (PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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BySanjoy Hazarika

Pegasus and the threat of an Orwellian State

George Orwell’s novel, 1984, is a more widely known example of an imaginary State which has robbed its citizens of their individuality and their ability to recognise truth
In the short-term, we should protect ourselves from the possible misuse of Pegasus by demanding to know how it has infected Indian devices (AFP)
In the short-term, we should protect ourselves from the possible misuse of Pegasus by demanding to know how it has infected Indian devices (AFP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:24 AM IST
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ByMark Tully

Deep-sea dives akin to being in a Star Trek adventure: Ecologist Jon Copley

Copley was on the first manned mission to Earth’s deepest-known hydrothermal vents, in 2013. He’s been on 20 deep-sea expeditions in all. Here’s what it feels like, what it takes, and why he does it.
‘Studying life in deep-ocean environments has given us clues to some of the big questions in biology, such as how life might begin on a planet,’ Copley says. (Image courtesy University of Southampton)
‘Studying life in deep-ocean environments has given us clues to some of the big questions in biology, such as how life might begin on a planet,’ Copley says. (Image courtesy University of Southampton)
Updated on Jul 31, 2021 01:41 PM IST
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ByNatasha Rego

Life on the edge: Snapshots from some of Earth’s most extreme environments

From the Thar Desert to the poles and ice-covered oceans, see images from photographers and filmmakers tracking the impact of the climate crisis in some of the world’s most remote locations.
Photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee descends into an ice hole in the frozen-over Lake Baikal in Siberia. Mukherjee has been cold-water diving for five years and one of his main concerns returning to places where permanent ice structures dominate the landscape, is witnessing their depletion, he says. (Dhritiman Mukherjee)
Photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee descends into an ice hole in the frozen-over Lake Baikal in Siberia. Mukherjee has been cold-water diving for five years and one of his main concerns returning to places where permanent ice structures dominate the landscape, is witnessing their depletion, he says. (Dhritiman Mukherjee)
Updated on Aug 03, 2021 12:15 PM IST
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ByNatasha Rego

What’s your Plan B, your side hustle? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Most careers will likely follow an S-curve. Which means that each of us must periodically ask ourselves: “How am I currently defining success?” and “What must my next steps be in order to achieve it?”
Much like Jon Favreau’s character in Chef, employees are coming around to the idea that a career path isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes a side step is more rewarding. Sometimes it’s not optional. In either case, it’s a good idea to define what you would do for a living if you couldn’t continue to do what you do now. (Image courtesy Fairview Entertainment)
Much like Jon Favreau’s character in Chef, employees are coming around to the idea that a career path isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes a side step is more rewarding. Sometimes it’s not optional. In either case, it’s a good idea to define what you would do for a living if you couldn’t continue to do what you do now. (Image courtesy Fairview Entertainment)
Updated on Jul 31, 2021 01:27 PM IST
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ByCharles Assisi

Eye for an I: Existential riddles with author Meghan O’Gieblyn

What does it mean to be an “I” in a time of intelligent traffic signals? To what extent are we being mirrored and altered by the newest machines of our making? Excerpts from an interview with Meghan O’Gieblyn, essayist and author of God, Human, Animal, Machine.
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Updated on Jul 31, 2021 01:18 PM IST
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ByZara Murao

Young girls everywhere: Just say no

Simone Biles might have just made it that much easier for young women everywhere. Her decision to pull out of the Olympics tells girls that they matter, their voices are important, and that it’s okay to put themselves first
Biles’s decision to pull out of the Olympics does more than shine a welcome spotlight on mental health (AP)
Biles’s decision to pull out of the Olympics does more than shine a welcome spotlight on mental health (AP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: PV Sindhu on cusp of sealing historic second Olympic medal

Sindhu saved both and won four successive points to win 21-13, 22-20 and make the semi-finals, where the crafty Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei lies in wait on Saturday, without dropping a game in the Olympics.
India's PV Sindhu plays against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
India's PV Sindhu plays against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

History beckons as India gear up to face Great Britain in men's hockey

Already through to the last eight by cementing the second spot in Group A, India downed hosts and 2018 Asian Games champions Japan 5-3 in their fifth and final pool match at Tokyo’s Oi Hockey Stadium.
Harmanpreet Singh of India celebrates with teammates after scoring(REUTERS)
Harmanpreet Singh of India celebrates with teammates after scoring(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Lovlina Borgohain's journey from Baramukhia to Tokyo

Borgohain became only the third boxer from India to win an Olympic medal when she was assured of at least a bronze after winning her quarterfinal match against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin in Tokyo and moving into the semis.
Lovlina Borgohain delivers a punch to Nien-Chin Chen at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(AP)
Lovlina Borgohain delivers a punch to Nien-Chin Chen at the Tokyo Olympics 2020(AP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Tokyo 2020: Long track of a sprinting island

Jamaica is the land of yams and jerk sauce, fast bowlers and wicketkeepers, reggae and the Rasta life. In the last two decades, it’s also come to be known as the land of the champion Olympic sprinters.
Former Jamaican sprinter Herb McKenley(Twitter)
Former Jamaican sprinter Herb McKenley(Twitter)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:13 AM IST
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Tokyo 2020: Lovlina Borgohain - Ruling the ring, after running around in circles

Borgohain, 23, did just enough in her Olympic debut bout on Tuesday for a split decision, but in the quarter-final against Chen Nien-chin from Chinese Taipei, the 2018 world champion she was in control for the full three rounds.
India's Lovlina Borgohain clenches her fist after winning her bout at Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
India's Lovlina Borgohain clenches her fist after winning her bout at Tokyo Olympics 2020(PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:21 AM IST
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ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

How does free will sync with increasingly intelligent predictive AI?

As members of a data set whose actions can be anticipated, in many instances, with precision, to what extent do humans in the tech age retain freedom of choice? An excerpt from American essayist Meghan O’Gieblyn’s latest book, God, Human, Animal, Machine.
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Updated on Jul 30, 2021 10:51 PM IST
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ByMeghan O’Gieblyn

Tokyo 2020: Avinash Sable misses out on final despite national record run

Not only did Sable register his personal best but also lowered his own national record, clocking 8:18.12s in Heat 2 of the 3,000m steeplechase on Friday.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Getnet Wale of Ethiopia, Avinash Sable of India, Abraham Kibiwott of Kenya and Zak Seddon of Britain in action during Heat 2.(REUTERS)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Getnet Wale of Ethiopia, Avinash Sable of India, Abraham Kibiwott of Kenya and Zak Seddon of Britain in action during Heat 2.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:17 AM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, New Delhi

Olympics 2020: Women of substance, the Tokyo theme song

  • Woman power is on full display in Tokyo.
From Left: Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain and Simone Biles. (Getty Images)
From Left: Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain and Simone Biles. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:10 AM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta, New Delhi

The rise and rise of the idle-tap game

Their main attraction is their simplicity. All the player must do is tap, to accrue baked goods, currency, assets. Some players keep tapping for hours, while talking, reading, watching TV.
In Bitcoin Billionaire, players start out with almost nothing: a rundown workstation, bulky computer, a desk with one missing leg. They tap to ‘mine bitcoin’, buy assets, hire, renovate.
In Bitcoin Billionaire, players start out with almost nothing: a rundown workstation, bulky computer, a desk with one missing leg. They tap to ‘mine bitcoin’, buy assets, hire, renovate.
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 08:31 PM IST
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ByVanessa Viegas

A man for all seasons: Anupama Chopra on Netflix’s Ted Sarandos

The streaming giant’s co-CEO has been using charm, drive, a massive budget and his discerning eye to showcase voices from around the world. Notes from a recent conversation.
Behind Sarandos’s affable persona is an astute mind that fostered early successes such as House of Cards (2013), the cult hit Bojack Horseman (2014) and last year’s Bridgerton.
Behind Sarandos’s affable persona is an astute mind that fostered early successes such as House of Cards (2013), the cult hit Bojack Horseman (2014) and last year’s Bridgerton.
Updated on Jul 31, 2021 03:22 PM IST
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Haven’t you heard? Aunty tales from around the world

In Critical Aunty Studies, a project by researcher and artist Kareem Khubchandani, the figure of the Aunty is explored through diverse strands drawn from India, Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Aunties make their presence felt, and while this can be annoying, it can also be especially powerful, Khubchandani says.
Aunties are critical and tend to police the young, but they also build worlds that stay hidden from the patriarchal gaze. They find collective joy amid the crush of domesticity, and can become refuges of kindness and protection, Khubchandani says. (Steven Gabriel)
Aunties are critical and tend to police the young, but they also build worlds that stay hidden from the patriarchal gaze. They find collective joy amid the crush of domesticity, and can become refuges of kindness and protection, Khubchandani says. (Steven Gabriel)
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 07:49 PM IST
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Inside the habit economy, an industry built around the promise of a better you

Personal flaws and goals are being outsourced to apps, kits, coaches and online bootcamps. A look at the smallest unit of behavioural change, and the industry that’s grown up around it.
 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
(HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 07:22 PM IST
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ByCherylann Mollan

Caught on camera: The princess restoring Raja Ravi Varma’s legacy

A new film focuses on the restoration work of a foundation set up by artist Ravi Varma’s great-great-granddaughter. Muses and royal faces glow anew as art wins out over time.
Reclining Nair Lady, an iconic Ravi Varma work, is among the paintings restored by the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, which does the work pro bono for private collectors.
Reclining Nair Lady, an iconic Ravi Varma work, is among the paintings restored by the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, which does the work pro bono for private collectors.
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 07:04 PM IST
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ByNatasha Rego

Notes from all over: Ricky Kej, Stewart Copeland and music to save the planet

The Grammy-winning Bengaluru musician’s album Divine Tides is a collaboration with drummer Copeland of The Police. It’s an ode to Earth and features musicians from four continents. Done right, Kej says, music can heal the world.
In the years since Ricky Kej won the 2014 Grammy for Best New Age Album, he’s been trying to top that feat while maintaining a hectic touring schedule. (Image courtesy Ricky Kej)
In the years since Ricky Kej won the 2014 Grammy for Best New Age Album, he’s been trying to top that feat while maintaining a hectic touring schedule. (Image courtesy Ricky Kej)
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 06:50 PM IST
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India is losing out in Afghanistan

There is a strategic paralysis in Delhi, even as other strategic challenges are growing. All other powers are talking to the Taliban and securing their interests
In Delhi, on July 28, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and United States secretary of state Antony Blinken strongly endorsed the need for a peaceful and negotiated settlement to end the Afghan conflict. (AP)
In Delhi, on July 28, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and United States secretary of state Antony Blinken strongly endorsed the need for a peaceful and negotiated settlement to end the Afghan conflict. (AP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:08 AM IST
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ByVivek Katju

The fragility of the mobile phone ecosystem

This is not the first time that data of high-profile individuals has been surveilled by governments. But the use of proprietary tools comes with a price tag of millions of dollars to governments, and when employed without due process, extracts an even heavier price from democracy
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)
This studio photographic illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:09 AM IST
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ByHemant Adarkar, Meenaz Munshi and Anushka Bhansali

BJP reinforces embrace of ‘outside’ political talent

BJP acknowledges that it’s a new trend to keep up with the demand for leaders at a time when expansion has been at a frenetic pace.
Basavaraj Bommai, the new Karnataka chief minister. (PTI)
Basavaraj Bommai, the new Karnataka chief minister. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:07 AM IST
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Mamata Banerjee throws her hat in the ring

While she did not officially declare her ambitions (few politicians do) Ms Banerjee believes that she has the ability to pull together diverse strands of the Opposition together, and therefore views herself as a possible prime ministerial candidate
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi July 28. (File photo)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi July 28. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:08 AM IST
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Numbers Matter: Kerala’s Covid numbers concerning, but it managed crisis better

In fact, a look at the country’s best population-wise administration of vaccine doses shows how far ahead the state is in terms of administering doses. Among India’s 25 most populous regions, Kerala is on the third spot with 55 doses administered per 100 residents
Representational image. (ANI)
Representational image. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:07 AM IST
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A civilised conversation on values

American leaders and officials are known to lecture the world on everything from democratic values to human rights to religious freedom, no matter how much of their own baggage they bring to the table
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi in March this year. (File photo)
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi in March this year. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:20 AM IST
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ByYashwant Raj

Chandni Chowk’s often overlooked place of worship silently turns 300

  • Though the boulevard has been revamped but the prospects of the historical mosque have remained unchanged.
A mention of the same can be found in Waqiaat-e-Darul-Hukumat Delhi authored by Bashiruddin Ahmad Dehlvi.(HT Photo)
A mention of the same can be found in Waqiaat-e-Darul-Hukumat Delhi authored by Bashiruddin Ahmad Dehlvi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:18 AM IST
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BySadia Akhtar, New Delhi
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