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Why your brain wants to swear

A recent study shows that children are adept at absorbing swearwords. That's the power of linguistic taboos »

When words fail

Innumerable requiems to the magical wordsmith Gabriel García Márquez have brought out his mastery over the language and the craft of storytelling. As a journalist, my personal debt to him comes fro... »

Ted Corbett

Testing selection issues for England

The Test side is at this moment still unsure of almost everything, writes Ted Corbett »

A.S. Panneerselvan

Election coverage: Going beyond passions

It is not easy to be an ombudsman for a national newspaper during election time. Millions of readers have myriad opinions about who should win and what a newspaper should do to ensure that their fa... » 3 comments

Makarand Waingankar

ACA academy model can be followed

NCA’s sheen has faded and we need to look at other alternatives, writes Makarand Waingankar »
Author Amandeep Sandhu at Cafe UNO at Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, in New Delhi Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
new delhi, April 23, 2014


table for two

The write stuff

A little over a year ago, a book came to my table and was promptly lost in the little labyrinth. For days on end I did not realise that in Amandeep Sandhu’s “Roll of Honour” I had with me a book th... »
The Reserve Bank of India has granted licence to set up banks after almost a decade.
April 13, 2014

C. R. L. Narasimhan


Two new banks on the horizon

A day after reviewing the credit policy statement on April 1, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its decision to award ‘in-principle’ approval to two applicants, IDFC Limited and Bandhan Fi... » 1 comment
chennai, April 12, 2014


write angle

Books as journalists

The other day, a Facebook friend defended the Gujarat Chef Minister against any charges of complicity or inaction in the 2002 pogrom. A well-established journalist, she noted that Modi had been giv... »
April 7, 2014

Nirmal Shekar

In praise of a villain

Man is a natural-born retributivist. All it takes is the merest hint of a letdown, a failure, and we can be counted on to spout forth outrage clearly directed at a single individual or group — out... » 24 comments
April 5, 2014

C. P. Chandrasekhar

Pre-election euphoria?

Since early February, the BSE Sensex has risen by more than 11 per cent level, taking an already inflated index to record highs. The Bombay Stock Exchange that experienced one rally between August... »
Makarand Waingankar
April 2, 2014

Makarand Waingankar

Cricket hardly a priority for BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in a crisis of its own making. As a sports organisation it spends more time and money fighting cases in courts than doing something worthwhile in... » 10 comments
March 31, 2014

A.S. Panneeerselvan

What readers want

One of my primary mandates as the Readers’ Editor is to ensure dialogue and provide meaningful feedback mechanism to the editorial team. Despite the strides made by technology, talking to one anot... » 2 comments
No empowerment here. Photo: Paul Noronha
March 29, 2014


The Other Half


Mumbai’s taxi drivers are repositories of earthy wisdom. They come from all parts of the country. A few are grumpy. Some are silent. But mostly they are loquacious, if you ask them the right questi... » 2 comments
Quarter-on-Quarter growth of the IIP
April 18, 2014

C. P. Chandrasekhar

Economy Watch

A curious recession

India’s organised industrial sector, especially its manufacturing segment, seems mired in a recession. The provisional indices of industrial production (IIP) for February 2014 recently released by... »
Dayamani Barla. Photo: Manob Chowdhury
April 12, 2014


The Other Half

No time for parties

The exhilarating process of elections has begun. There is genuine and understandable apprehension about the future. But there is also hope. Because in this election, an element has been injected t... » 1 comment
Ban ki-moon
April 8, 2014

Ban Ki-Moon

World View

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in com... » 2 comments
April 7, 2014

Not being prescriptive

The 2014 general election is in full swing. Some readers have been writing to me specifically wanting to know about this newspaper’s approach to the election. They want to know whether the paper wo... » 4 comments
Ted Corbett
April 3, 2014

Ted Corbett

English cricket in the doldrums again

English cricket is in a tizzy again, this time as authority wrestles with a decision about the next coach. Interviews take place in a couple of weeks and then those same head men go into another sp... » 1 comment
Congress Party's star campaigner, actor Rajesh Khanna, addressing an election campaign in New Delhi in 1993.
chennai, April 2, 2014


capital check

Time to twinkle

The biggest elections in the world attract the biggest names to the Capital. Some contest the elections, others merely chip in as guest speakers, seeking votes for the candidates in the fray. All a... »
Greg Chappell. File photo.
March 30, 2014

Greg Chappell

Learn to bat before learning to bash

Sir Donald Bradman said in his seminal book “The Art of Cricket” that he would rather tell a young batsman what to do than how to do it.Batting in Test cricket is the most challenging... » 2 comments