Secret history of Storytellers

Once upon a time there were storytellers who wrote folk tales. Award-winning author, Nicholas Jubber reveals all the serendipity at the heart of what we think of as eternal, tales  of neglected story-tellers, lives of the dreamers and fascinatingly explores the land from which the great fairy stories emerged, making the stories more resonant, powerful…

Money behind the tech revolution

Award-winning financial historian delves into character-driven story of venture capital and the world it made. “Innovations rarely came from experts” Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk was not in the auto industry.  When it comes to innovation, the future cannot be predicted, it can only be discovered. Most attempts at discovery fail, but a few succeed at…

Acropolis ancient glories and Euro crisis

  The ancient Greek city of Athens the birthplace of Western civilization, and dominated by the pillars and pediments of the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, goddess of Wisdom,  from Runciman Award winner Bruce Clark. Bruce’s tale of a city that occupies a unique place in the cultural memory of the West.  Reforms of…

Flavours

Karimeen from the backwaters of Kerala flavoured by the sweetness of the freshwater and saltiness of the seawater, smeared in garam masala,  shallow fried in coconut oil with 2 table spoons of ginger past,  1 table spoon of red chilli powder and black pepper powder, 1 table spoon of lemon juice and half a table…

Failures can be catalyst for growth

Uttkarsh Chaurasia, team leader, Rishabh Dhenkawat, Aditi Katoch, Mohammad Nomann, Navdeep Singh Rathore, Sitaram Rathi and Rishabh Verma,  the six-member team from the National Institute of Technology won the Smart India Hackaton (SIH-2020) by creating  solutions to provide a “second eye” to blind people using artificial intelligence. The Smart India Hackathon organised every year by…

Gods invited into literature

Roberto Calasso weaves together and connects stories of ancient world with the thinking of Kafka, Weil, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard which promises and separation from one of the founding texts of Western civilisation, but omission of Hindu literature. These tales of grace and guilt, of the chosen and the damned, cast many Biblical figures and indeed…

Regulators bending to Iconic Boeing’s will- to win-at-all-costs

How a broken corporate culture paved the way for catastrophe, with race to beat competition and reward top executives, Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines, and convinced and forced regulators to put planes into service without properly equipping them  or their pilots for flight, Peter Robinson, award-winning reporter for Bloomberg, looks…

West’s failure to understand Afghanistan and lost peace

“The Ledger: Accounting for Failure in Afghanistan”  assess the West’s similarly failed approach to Afghanistan in military, diplomatic, political and developmental terms and reveals the west’s failure to understand Afghanistan and the ties that bind Afghanistan, and its people underpins the west’s 20-year struggle there. Building on record of the past starts from the first…

The repetition of history as tragedy, but never as a farce

533: A Book of Days, tells the story through a tireless explorer of distant cultures, for more than forty year Cees Nooteboom has been returning to the Island of Menoca, “the Island of Wind”, and it is in his house there, with a study full of books, and a garden taken over with native plants…