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Pandemic Times?

A pandemic like Coronavirus does not merely change the way we view our health; it changes many more fundamental assumptions that we make about our lives and asks confounding questions about things that we haven’t needed to think about for a long time. In parts of Italy for instance, the explosive growth in the number… Read more »

The miracle called Test Cricket

The debate over whether Test matches should be restricted to four days instead of five rages on. Interestingly, a majority of players, past and present have come out against the idea. They believe that the format is sacred and should not be tampered with. Cutting test matches by a day, the argument goes, would only… Read more »

The Festive Spirit?

It seems to be a no-brainer. There is a clear correlation between the spike in pollution and Diwali. This is not one of those issues where the connection between two variables is invisible or intangible. The air quality worsens before Diwali, to be sure, but from the day after, things deteriorate unmistakably. And within a… Read more »

BJP: Winning at What Cost?

Against the run of play, the Maharashtra and Haryana results have thrown up an outcome that should cause the BJP some concern. The Maharashtra win, though definitive, is significantly less emphatic than expected and the Haryana win, is statistical at best That the party would form a government in both the states was always expected,… Read more »

The idea of the favourite

For the last thirty years, come winter and out comes the same sweater that one has been wearing for a little over 30 years. It is a particularly unaesthetic choice of apparel. It was gifted to me by my brother, who cannot be blamed in any way for his bad taste for at the time;… Read more »

A limited script?

One recurrent motif in Narendra Modi’s election speeches is a sense of being a victim of personal insults and abuse directed at him by the opposition in general and the Congress in particular. His recent statement about his family members being targeted is not the only time that he has made this point. Every election,… Read more »