Star Trek: Discovery is an operatic nod to TOS and TNG
Revivals of Star Trek are the best things happening to television today, and the one that led the new generation, Discovery, got whatever it got right by drawing on its predecessors.
U and non-U english in the 21st century
Examining the landmark articles by Alan Ross and Nancy Mitford to examine the state of U and non-U english on the world stage in the 21st century
It is time to bring back the wax seal
Despite being surrounded by modern communication, the slow, arguably impractical, process of writing a letter is a great draw for me.
The subtle art of not giving a book
Examining my lifelong reluctance to lend, let alone give, a book to another soul.
On the by-election in Karnataka
Thoughts on how the upcoming by-election in Karnataka is a combination of passive voters, horse-trading without consequences and leaders looking to save their positions within their own parties.
The Indian Express
Tame your tech
Some thoughts on how we can tame our gadgets and the technology we use everyday to enrich our lives.
The iPad-only experiment, redux
With iOS 13 iPad truly becomes a standalone device for everything but the most resource-intensive jobs. As far as mundane everyday tasks are concerned, for most people, laptops are dead.
Random approaches to better living
Knowing what is enough, working on traction, and developing the beginner mindset can enrich our life.
Dispatch From Kozhikode
This coastal town in Kerala, India, is too shy to betray any signs of its rich history or the important role it once played in world trade.
On dynastic politics in India
On why the focus on dynastic politics in India is futile and where else we are better off focusing. (NB Headline was edited by the paper.)
The Indian Express
On the smoke monster and other elements of ‘Lost’
The brilliant television series ‘Lost’ blends the supernatural with sci-fi in a believable, open, moving and satisfying manner. Nota bene this essay contains spoilers.
It is time Google turned off AMP
Under the guise of ‘aiming to make the web better for all’ Google is ferociously pushing its pet project AMP to internet users everywhere while taking control away from both publishers and consumers.
Karnataka crisis: This sham must stop
On horse-trading in the Karnataka state legislative assembly and the state of politics in Karnataka today.
Apple Watch Series 4
At last, a smartwatch that would make me look beyond a mechanical timepiece—except for occasions.
Lessons from building my first app ever
There are some subtle lessons one can learn only after having built a real world app.
Secrets of staying motivated
A bunch of practical ways to stay motivated, plus things that do not work. Fair warning: there is no magic potion in this essay.