World War I
Books  /  Published 07.05.20

A yarn invoking literary duos

The novel is full of witticisms and entertaining episodes — in the course of their journey, Khudabaksh and Bholanath are shot at, chased by dogs, and trip on wild mushrooms. But perhaps what is most...
By Kamalika Basu in

India  /  Published 26.04.20

Revealed: Story of WWI missing Indian fighter pilot

Lieutenant Shri Krishna Chanda Welinkar had disappeared while patrolling the skies above the Western Front in June 1918.His family had to wait nearly three years before they finally knew for certain t...
By PTI in London

Entertainment  /  Published 17.01.20

A carefully organised and sanitised war picture

On June 28, 1914, a young Serbian nationalist assassinated the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, thus starting World War I. That, at any rate, is the familiar way that the origins for t...
By Manohla Dargis/ New York Times News Service in

Entertainment  /  Published 15.01.20

George Mackay on '1917' that’s up for 10 Oscars

It’s early summer 2019 and George MacKay is standing in a trench, staring into the eyes of Colin Firth. They’re making a First World War film on Salisbury Plain, which is standing in for the Weste...
By Kyle Buchanan/New York Times News Service in

Books  /  Published 09.04.20

J.B.S. Haldane: Iconoclast, adventurer and a man of science

Haldane had a special relationship with India. At sixty-four, he preferred to leave England and settle down in India, a fact that is difficult to believe as sixty-four yearsis rarely perceived to be a...
By Kaushik Bhattacharya in

Sports  /  Published 01.04.20

Virus claims Wimbledon too

Wimbledon, the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament and a cultural institution in Britain, will not be held in 2020, becoming the latest major sporting event disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.The c...
By New York Times News Service/Christopher Clarey in

Books  /  Published 13.03.20

Showing the way to a lost generation

War does not always leave funereal silence in its wake. When World War I drew to a close, it ushered in an age bustling with energy — the ‘Roaring Twenties’ in America and les années folles, or...
By Kamalika Basu in

Hollywood  /  Published 19.02.20

Science and the human minefield

World War I was gruesome. It was a war at the cusp of old technology and new. The idea of air force was only a few years old, fire power in the form of artillery dominated battle, battle tanks made th...
By Shyam G. Menon in

Entertainment  /  Published 30.01.20

Sikh lesson for actor Laurence Fox

A well known English actor, Laurence Fox, has apologised for suggesting that Sam Mendes should not have included a Sikh soldier in his war epic 1917, which has been nominated for 10 Oscars, nine Bafta...
By Amit Roy in

Books  /  Published 19.09.19

The mirror keeps cracking from side to side

Where did Hercule Poirot come from? It is said that Agatha Christie found the origins of her Belgian detective among the Belgian refugees and soldiers in Torquay where she worked as a volunteer in the...
By Bhaswati Chakravorty in


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