HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014


The singular passion of the quintessential quizzer

The rags-to-riches story of a Mumbai boy who wins a television quiz — much like Kaun Banega Crorepati — is set to be a major contender for Oscars this year. But Slumdog Millionaire is not the story of the quintessential quizzer, writes Kshitij Prabhat Bal.

Inverted pyramid

Seeing the pyramids of Giza for the first time is a bit like falling in love. All the sounds around you fade away and you feel like you’re finally meeting for the first time a friend you’ve known all your life, writes Zara Murao.

The time machine

The typewriter lost out to the computer long ago. Today, the rat-tap-tap is almost silent and survives only because of a few dedicated fingers. A requiem to a wonderful anachronism, writes Paramita Ghosh.

Young leaders can affect global change

The opportunities these young people have—and the choices that they make—will profoundly influence current events and our collective future.

Tiger king

The Big Cats of Sariska need a young and nimble brigade to save them. What we have instead is a greying force, writes Bahar Dutt.

Before Mamata, there were those other chaps

If the Tatas do pull out of Singur, it will be a huge setback for Bengal's industrial drive. If that happens though, Bengal’s Marxists should still find a silver lining in the cloud, writes Sayandeb Chowdhury.

‘This is not freedom. I might be sent to jail again’

As a filmmaker in Chhattisgarh, Ajay had lionised Binayak Sen in his 21-minute documentary Anjam, writes Paramita Ghosh.

Who’s afraid of Binayak Sen?

A doctor was arrested by the Chattisgarh Police in May, 2007. He had been tending to an elderly Maoist prisoner in Raipur jail. That made him an enemy of the State. That man is still in prison, writes Sudeeep Chakravarti.

Beheading statues or bust

Why did a man walk into Madame Tussauds branch in Berlin to behead a wax image of Adolf Hitler? Clearly to show his hatred towards a man that has become the symbol of human evil, writes Mondy Thapar.

The moneybag

I don’t know whether you noticed, but have you seen that man who’s been walking up and down that pathway in front of the Lok Sabha secretariat since Wednesday?

Having the last laugh

Heath Ledger has delivered an astounding performance as Joker in the new Batman release, The Dark Knight. He won critical acclaim for his role of a gay cowboy in the 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain.

Singh is Kinng is a great entertainer

Nothing they write will influence film lovers who will watch SiK twice over. Readers will wonder exactly when reviewing films turned into a self-indulgent, space-filling time-pass, writes Gautam Chikermane.

Channel tunnel vision

The channel's freedom of expression may include the right to conceal. It may include the right to abuse the BJP. Yet, it seems to end where Amar Singh’s nose begins, writes Arun Jaitley.

Wetlands threatened

India is already in the midst of a water crisis. Strangling wetlands will make it even worse. Despite the heavy rainfall, new kinds of construction made it impossible to allow water to seep in, writes Bharati Chaturvedi.

A philosopher and a film-maker

Kranti Kanade shelved a potboiler to make Mahek, which is now part of a US university’s India course. Praveen Donthi tells us more.
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