Post-truth | Word of the Year 2016

Ralph Keyes writes in his book The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life: At one time we had truth and lies. Now we have truth, lies, and statements that may not be true but we consider too benign to call false. Euphemisms abound. We’re “economical with the truth,” we “sweeten it,” or tell…

HMT watch running out of time

HMT Watches, the iconic brand that evokes nostalgia in most Indians, will be shutting shop soon. It was set up in 1961 in collaboration with Japan’s Citizen Watch. The first batch of HMT watches was released by India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. HMT used to dominate India’s watch market during the 1970s. Such…

RIP TELEGRAM STOP

India, the last place in which telegrams are routinely sent, is to withdraw its telegraphy service on 14 July 2013. From 15 July, BSNL which operates the telegram services in India will discontinue the 163-year-old service. The telegraph service started in 1851 when the British East India Company built a 30-mile (48km) electric telegraph line from the…