Samosa | The quintessential Indian snack

No evening snack in India can be complete without tea and the quintessential samosa. It is considered an Indian delicacy, but its history is far more complex and cosmopolitan than that. It is a historic artefact and is a product of the process of globalisation — the product of influences of the great migrations and interactions that shaped this country.

Post-truth | Word of the Year 2016

The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. It has also become associated with a particular noun, in the phrase post-truth politics.

HMT watch running out of time

HMT used to dominate India’s watch market during the 1970s. Such was once its sway that it even had a waiting period, which could run up to 10 months. It was a prize gift, the sort of thing that parents would promise to give their offspring if they did well in board exams. It’s ad punchline portrayed it as “timekeepers to the nation” and nobody suggested that was hype.

Two faces of social networking

The same sites that allowed groups for communal harmony, also allowed groups that fostered communal hate. It is a free domain – and there are no rules on content. But, the society, the governments, the industry will have to take steps to curb the spread of hate messages, fake news without compromising the right to freedom of speech of the netizens. With rights, come duties.