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Failed Kings, Naive Boatmen and Other Ancient Tales From the Republic of Kashi

“Death”, writes Walter Benjamin, “is the sanction of everything that the story teller can tell.”<p>No city in India has more to do with death than …

How ancient India pioneered fundamental math concepts centuries before Europe

It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances …

Mathematics

Unsolicited letter from...Dubai

Multicultural Dubai has more to offer than tall buildings and luxury shopping. Photo: AFP<p>Packing for a two-day trip is a bit nomadic. There is no …

India

A murder in Munnekolala

A 2015 file photo of a settlement in Hebbal, Bengaluru. Photo: Rahul Chandran<p>By the time the police were informed, 20-year-old Bashir-ul Shaik was …

India

The Inside Story of India's 2016 'Surgical Strikes'

<i>The following is an excerpt from Nitin A. Gokhale’s new book, Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, Surgical Strikes and More. It is published here</i> …

National Security

Redynamiser l’économie indienne

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?<p>1. The Madman Theory<p>The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York …

Why Hurricane Maria Surprised Forecasters By Getting So Strong So Fast

Hurricane Maria, currently headed for Puerto Rico, stunned forecasters by rapidly intensifying from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5 within a …

Weather

The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success

The Coca Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company selling more than 500 brands of soft drink to customers in over 200 countries. Every single day the world consumes more that 1.9 billion servings of their drinks including brands like Coca Cola (including Diet and Zero) as well as Fanta, …

Coca-Cola

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Ancient History

Indian economy in a tailspin: What went wrong

India GDP growth rate decelerated to 5.7% in the June quarter of 2017-18, partly due to GST implementation and lingering effects of demonetisation. …

India

Are you 100% vegetarian?

Photo: iStockphoto<p>Are you 100% vegetarian if you have a sexual self? If you believe pleasure, not procreation, is why we like to get naked. If you …

How a Bihari lost his mother tongue to Hindi

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint<p>There was a popular self-deprecating joke among Biharis in Delhi University’s North Campus in the early 2000s. …

Is Kamal Haasan What The Doctor Ordered For An Ailing Tamil Nadu?

Without organisational heft, can Kamal Haasan make a successful splash is the question.<p>The national media went into a collective orgasm on Thursday, …

India

Why Himachali Women Work: A Jam Factory May Have Answers

“I make the rotis, he makes the vegetables.” Neelam Devi, grade X pass

Bloomberg L.P.

There and Back Again

What J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication<p>“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So began the legendarium that dominated a genre, changed Western literature and the field of linguistics, created a tapestry of characters and mythology that …

How You Can Stay Human in a World of Digital Selling

By living the day-to-day life of your clients, you can glean insights that are impossible to see from your side of the aisle.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who's ever sold a home looks forward to the closing date. Few, however, enjoy handing over …

Customer Experience

Google launches crowdsourced TV show and movie reviews, but only in India

Google has added a new feature that allows web users to contribute their own movie and television reviews right within Google search results – a step towards the possible implementation of Google’s own Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB-like reviews service. But before you get too excited about this, be aware …

Google Search