Pratik Kanjilal

  • Jun 20, 2008 20:23 IST

    All hands on that footnote

    Amitav Ghosh’s new novel Sea of Poppies reminds us of the role of the British opium trade in our social history, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Jun 27, 2008 20:38 IST

    When going solo sounds hollow

    Despite the best efforts of the music industry to promote private listening, music has worked best, socially and politically, when it is shared with other credulous listeners, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Jul 04, 2008 21:40 ISTThe Word this Week

    Going against nature, naturally

    If Indian lawmakers are unwilling to listen to gay campaigners, they might as well read up to learn that there are so many exceptions to the ‘natural’ sex choice theory that it may not actually exist, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Jul 11, 2008 21:19 ISTThe Word this Week

    Mealy-mouthed about food

    We grew up learning that even the last crumb on the plate must not go to waste because many kids go to bed hungry. The G8 is following the same advice, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Jul 18, 2008 21:35 ISTThe Word this Week

    Shave the world, lose your soul

    Now, beards raise suspicions even in India. The general public has started fearing that the beard is a battle standard in the mythical clash of civilisations, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Jul 25, 2008 21:30 ISTThe Word this Week

    Overplaying those villain bits

    With Tuesday’s parliamentary multi-starrer a super-hit on TV, the image of the neta as a stock character who gets stomped in the end to provide us catharsis may just be ruined. Pratik Kanjilal writes.

  • Aug 01, 2008 22:43 ISTThe Word this Week

    The scramble for scrabble

    The Brothers Agarwalla, who boilerplated scrabble and changed the online board-gaming world, have shown that the traditional borders that capitalism has set for itself breaks down in an open world, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Aug 08, 2008 22:36 ISTThe Word this Week

    Why we are so Olympicky

    There might be a selfless reason why India insists on doing so poorly on the Olympic stage. For, in Beijing, our poor show could firm up closer relations with the host country, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Aug 15, 2008 21:39 ISTThe Word this Week| Goldfinger (proper n)

    Wish a name upon a shooting star

    Twisted criminal genius who tried to nuke Fort Knox in 1959, as chronicled by Ian Fleming. Also, popular epithet for Indian shooting stars. We are like this only. Pratik Kanjilal has more.

  • Aug 22, 2008 22:59 ISTThe Word this Week

    The Goody, the bad, who cares?

    National versions of Big Brother, with their promotion of obscenity and ganging up have created unlikely celebs and given a new lease of life to fading stars and non-entities, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Aug 29, 2008 20:15 ISTThe Word this Week

    Don’t Twitter, just punch and forget

    Thanks to the SMS revolution, whatever we write comes out in ‘txtis’. But resistance is futile, because we’ve already lost the power to communicate, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Sep 05, 2008 19:25 ISTThe Word this Week

    Nothing small about nano

    If the Tatas carry out their threat to withdraw from Singur, it might cause political and social upheavals that are way beyond the wherewithal of a car factory, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Sep 12, 2008 21:58 ISTThe Word this Week

    Kicking some of those filmi butts

    The Health Minister backs the right causes but harbours a fascist streak that turns them into frightful pogroms. In India, a law against smoking in public will only fatten the wallets of the police, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Sep 19, 2008 19:28 ISTThe Word this Week

    Labouring under a false reality

    The fact that child participants in reality shows now raise more hackles than the thousands who labour without pay or are trafficked out, shows how we have learnt to deal with ‘reality’ in India, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

  • Sep 26, 2008 20:27 ISTThe Word this Week

    Putting mind over matter

    Just how many masterminds does it take to run a terror bombing spree? The Delhi police have nominated Mohammad Atif Amin chief of the Indian Mujahideen.