The surprising origins of some much-hummed Bollywood songs (Column: Bookends) (12:14)
By Vikas Datta
In any literary tradition, the works of even its less famous or forgotten figures are liable to crop up at some unexpected place. As in Hindi film songs, with which Urdu poetry has been closely linked from the beginning. While their soulful, stirring or soothing lyrics come from the creativity of poets from Sahir Ludhianvi to Gulzar, Majrooh Sultanpuri to Javed Akhtar, sometimes inspiration comes from elsewhere too.
Uncertainty over global climate fund may impact adaptation (Comment) (14:02)
By Joydeep Gupta
The disagreement between the US and the other 19 countries at the recent G20 summit at Hamburg has put a question mark over the sustainability of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the primary tool to help developing countries move away from fossil fuels and adapt to climate change impacts.
Should journalists protect national interest or publish and be damned? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:10)
By Saeed Naqvi
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's fate hangs in the balance on unexplained finances, most specifically for apartments he acquired on London's most expensive stretch, Park Lane, facing Hyde Park. I visited the most prized of these apartments on October 15, 1999, days after Gen. Pervez Musharraf ousted him in a coup on October 12.
Kovind as President: Not a tectonic shift (Column: Political Circus) (11:12)
By Amulya Ganguli
Only the naive will believe that the elevation of a Dalit, Ramnath Kovind, as the President is of seminal importance either for the community or for the party which chose him.
Redefining gifting in India with technology (Lifestyle Trend) (11:38)
By Vivek Gupta
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Gifting has always been a part of Indian tradition and culture; a way to express love, gratitude, appreciation and good wishes. In the past decade, rising income levels, changing consumption patterns, nuclearisation of families, emigration, work-life balance and women's empowerment have led to a sharp change in the nature and form of gifting.
For this Buddhist monk, happiness is a sense of satisfaction within (IANS Interview) (12:04)
By Vishal Gulati
Thimphu (Bhutan), July 19 (IANS) He knows travel is the best teacher and when the destination is spirituality, the experience is more than just sightseeing. It helps you pack young and vibrant viewpoints in your intellectual bag of traditional Buddhist teachings.
NTPC a key enabler of India's electricity transformation (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Tim Buckley
A recent Morgan Stanley report has downgraded the Indian utilities industry. It highlighted that renewable energy is becoming so cheap that thermal power, mostly coal, is uncompetitive.
Climate change: Radical changes in consumption the way forward (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit Kapoor
Last week Antarctica shed a trillion-ton iceberg from the Larsen C ice shelf that had been tethered precariously at the edge for years. The chunk of ice is approximately four times the height of Qutab Minar and has an area one-and-a-half-times that of Goa, making it the largest iceberg ever seen in recorded history.
Overworked, underpaid, abused: The world of India's domestic workers (Interview) (12:50)
By Alison Saldanha
In the decade after liberalisation, there was a nearly 120 per cent rise in the number of domestic workers in India, says author Tripti Lahiri in her recently released book, "Maid In India". Women constitute over two-thirds of the workforce in this unorganised sector. They usually come from backward regions such as Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam, are often barely of legal working age, their wages less than the minimum fixed by the government. Their employers range from Indias elite to its nouveau riche, many of who still believe in the traditional divide between servants and masters. Abuse, mental, physical or sexual, of these women is not uncommon. One such dispute between a family and their Muslim domestic worker led to a riot-like situation in a gated community in Noida on July 12.
Wanted to mess with distinction between fiction and nonfiction: Author Amitava Kumar (12:18)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Fiction and nonfiction, the two conventional genres of literature, are distinct in their narratives, structure and style. But acclaimed writer Amitava Kumar has challenged this "fixed distinction" in his new novel, saying he wanted to "mess with" it.
The popular American 'Western' genre: How American and how true? (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (11:12)
By Vikas Datta
Bullets flying as gunmen confront each other in the streets or saloons, cowboys lassoing cattle on sprawling ranches across a starkly beautiful panorama, wagon-borne pioneers riding across boundless plains with a worried eye out for Red Indians, bounty-hunters, treasure hunts and more -- a small part of American history has extended beyond its time and space to leave a global cultural impact.
Trump-Times: Don't say dasvidaniya yet Donnie! (Washington Diary) (12:16)
By Arun Kumar
Washington, July 15 (IANS) When Narendra Modi came calling, Donald Trump "conspired" with his "true friend" from India to keep the big Russian bear at bay.
Enemy's enemy is my friend: BJP, CPI-M target Mamata (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:58)
By Saeed Naqvi
On the eve of the May 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Arun Jaitley shared his campaign experiences with some editors. When he attacked Mamata Bannerjee and the Left-Congress front in equal measure, the crowd's response was tepid. When he attacked the Trinamool for 60 percent of his speech, there was some applause. But when his speech was 75 percent invective against the Trinamool, the applause was thunderous.
Is Nitish Kumar on a losing wicket? (Column: Political Circus) (11:16)
By Amulya Ganguli
Nitish Kumar is in a bind. He knows that the mahagathbandhan or grand alliance in Bihar is fraying at the edges, but he doesn't know which way to turn.
More money for education in key states, but little progress in learning (13:30)
By Ojaswi Rao
Even though six of India's least developed states -- among eight high-focus states in government jargon -- spent more on education per elementary school student in 2014-2015 when compared to 2011-2012, learning outcomes of students did not improve, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of expenditure data and learning outcomes.
Busting four myths about olive oil (12:34)
By Rajneesh Bhasin
Olive oil is a gift of God, especially due to the numerous health benefits it offers. It is a gold standard when it comes to edible oil.
Making Indian democracy a world leader - through civic engagement (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Frank F. Islam
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House did not receive a large amount of press coverage in the United States. The most notable quote came during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden when President Trump proclaimed: "I am proud to announce to the media, to the American people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media."
No tie up with JD-U: Sushil Modi (Interview) (15:24)
By Anand Singh
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday ruled out any tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are facing corruption allegations.
Boosting rooftop 'parks' can help India achieve solar energy goal (Comment: Special to IANS) (Lead, revising figures in para 5) (13:20)
By Saptaik Ghosh
Recent newspaper articles have highlighted the rooftop photovoltaic (RTPV) sector's sluggish growth in India. The articles claim that based on the present outlook, the 40 GW target for 2021-22 will not be achieved.
Economic case for ending child marriage, early birth (13:08)
By Devanik Saha
Over the next seven years, India could save $5 billion (Rs 33,500 crore) in healthcare and related costs if it eliminates child marriage and early childbirth, according to a new report by the World Bank and International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), a global research institute.
Yesteryears glory: Bollywood diaries that never made it to bestseller list (With Images) (11:46)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) The literary space has seen a rising tide of Bollywood celebrities -- from Karan Johar to Rishi Kapoor -- turning towards memoirs and autobiographies in recent years, but books by their predecessors are striking in that they focussed on substance, rather than mere controversies.
Italian speleologist set to explore Meghalaya's caves (With Images) (12:56)
By Sahana Ghosh
Lindau (Germany), July 11 (IANS) Noted Italian geologist and cave explorer Francesco Sauro, who has led successful expeditions to one of the world's oldest cave systems in Venezuela's Tepui mountains, is gearing up to explore the "lost world" in India's Meghalaya, which harbours some of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world.
Self-policing can overcome perils of social media (Column: Active Voice) (11:12)
By Amit Kapoor
Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House and the subsequent allegations of Russia rigging the outcome, the role of social media in affecting reality through fake news has been undeniable. India has not remained unaffected.
Rebuilding lives of Sundarbans' 'tiger widows' (Societal Feature) (12:32)
By Vishal Gulati
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Tragedy struck this widow twice in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. First, she watched her husband die of snakebite. Then, her young son was mauled to death by a Royal Bengal tiger.
Twitter helping Indian brands reach global stage: Country Director (IANS Interview) (With Images) (11:08)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) There is more to Twitter than nasty exchanges and abusive trolls e it is steadily emerging as a key social media platform for Indian businesses, helping them establish themselves on the global map.