The Making of a Madras Calendar

Why are we writing about a 2010 calendar this late in the year? There is an explanation for the utter lack of timeliness, but the fact is it doesn’t matter. Because to think of Indian-Bred 2010 as a mere calendar would be to miss the point. This is a work […]


Hippocampus Writes a New Chapter for Children’s Libraries

In 1998, Umesh Malhotra, then an employee of Infosys Technologies, did a year-long consulting stint in the United States. He lived in the Bay Area of California with his wife and then-five year old son. The book-loving couple was drawn to the local public library; in particular, they liked the […]

First Female Desi Student in the U.S ? First Female Desi Student in the U.S ?

Before a packed house in Bengal’s Serampore College, with an audience that included the American Consul General, Joshi in 1883 declared her intention: “I go to America because I wish to study medicine,“ she said, speaking in English before the College Hall. “Ladies both European and Native are naturally averse to expose themselves in […]

When Niels Bohr came to Mylapore When Niels Bohr came to Mylapore

In the summer of 1958, Alladi Ramakrishnan returned to his elegant bungalow, Ekamra Nivas, in Madras after an unpaid sabbatical in the United States. The young Reader from the University of Madras had spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, at the invitation of its director, J […]

Closing The Education Divide Closing The Education Divide

In the Arab world, sheer numbers call for leap-frogging into digital learning, said Maysa Jalbout, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. Over half the 385 million people who live the region are under 25 years of age, she said. A good many are refugees whose educational prospects […]

Accounting For Taste

In Singapore, the pasar melam – the roadside market – comes alive well after sunset. Tiny lights strung up on make-shift store fronts give the outdoor shopping scene a festive air. Lychees, mangosteens, rambutans and other tropical fruit are on display in the fruit stalls, but one formidable-looking fruit holds it its […]