Karnataka jolt

Anyone who likes a drink, or has been in the company of tipplers, knows only too well the different stages of inebriation that follow from every peg or pint imbibed. It begins with a sense of well-being that slowly turns into elation, and then comes the stage of over-confidence and feelings of invincibility. Finally, if one has had far too much or has become addicted to the stimulating brew, there is a loss of reason, an inability to think clearly.
Manini Chatterjee May 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Pipe Dream

"Karl Marx was right: socialism works. It is just that he had the wrong species," wrote the sociobiologist, E.O. Wilson, the world's leading authority on ants. But it's really a little more complicated than that, and now is a good time to discuss it, because the 200th anniversary of Marx's birth passed recently.
Gwynne Dyer May 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Hate culture

New India is newly minted; it has no history. Or, rather, its history has to be written from scratch. What is needed for that is an aggressive ignorance that sees only black, white and the red of fury, and uses the word 'anti-national' as a cleansing weapon. 
May 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Broken state

There is no longer any bridge over troubled waters. Not after the collapse of a portion of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi - the parliamentary constituency of none other than the prime minister, Narendra Modi -which resulted in the death of at least 25 people and the injuries of about a dozen. 
May 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Laudable effort; Rude behaviour; Wasteful ways

Laudable effort

• Sir - The former England cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, is a passionate supp... | Read»

Rude behaviour

• Sir - The way in which Moneeza Hashmi, the daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, w... | Read»

Wasteful ways

• Sir - The views expressed in the editorial, "Stem the flow" (May 14), mak... | Read»

May 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Beauty close by

I watched Mughal-e-Azam again a month ago. 'Mughal-e-Azam' - the great Mughal. The film is one of those antediluvians, marked not only by their extinction, but by both their long duration and the grandeur of their theme. Like most historical films, it is three-quarters fiction. One isn't meant to respond to it by checking facts, but by becoming entangled in a love story, between Prince Salim (later the Emperor Jahangir) and a character who exists only in legend, Anarkali, a slave girl who became a court dancer. Their love is thwarted by Salim's father Akbar, the Mughal emperor best known for his tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
Amit Chaudhuri — Telling tales  May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Snakes are dangerous

The priest who used a protected snake at a religious rite to honour his parents brought tradition into conflict with a science-based law
May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

The Cow-tie Moment Is Not Yet

This remains. The bow-tie. This little but singular piece of the attire of the fashionable man. Or, in our context, or, to be more precise, the context into which we find ourselves thrust, the cow-tie. It awaits attention.
LAZY EYESankarshan Thakur May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

A horn not called Dilemma

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, is dead. The news of Sudan's passing brought to my mind the life of Gnore, one of Jaldapara's famous rhinoceroses. Gnore - rhino in the local parlance - used to begin his day when the sun was on the wane. Each evening, at sunset, with the forest bathed in shadows and light, Gnore would make his way out of the tall elephant grass and head towards a muddy watering hole. Then, he - this was before India was being whipped to become Swachch Bharat - would enter the mud, his horn sticking out of the muck like a stubborn submarine that refuses to go under. That proud, protruding horn was the signal for Gnore's fans, noisy visitors on elephant back, to reach for their cameras. And Gnore would oblige them each evening - I was the recipient of his kindness many years ago - till darkness made it difficult for the paparazzi to differentiate the animal from a lifeless trunk that floated next to him.
Uddalak Mukherjee May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

A Horse A Horse; Whinny, vidi, vici; Suggestio falsi; Yea or neigh?

A Horse A HorseWhinny, vidi, viciSuggestio falsiYea or neigh?
Ironies-Upala Sen May 20, 2018 00:00 IST


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