Ajit Balasubramanian

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How India changed the English language

For hundreds of years, words have flowed along the routes of trade and empire. Rahul Verma follows some of their remarkable journeys.<p>They are in there, often unnoticed. The words that have become part of everyday English. Loot, nirvana, pyjamas, shampoo and shawl; bungalow, jungle, pundit and …

Language

What happened to the women who graduated from IITs in the 90s?

Last year, India passed landmark legislation to fix the abysmal sex ratio in corporate boardrooms—all publicly traded companies needed to put at least one woman on their board. It was a radical law, given that about two-thirds of listed companies in the country had no woman on their boards in June …

India

Astrology should never have any role to play in healthcare

Tory MP David Tredinnick seems to believe that astrology could inform and improve UK healthcare. This view is misguided and potentially dangerous<p>If you’re a rational, sensible human being who doesn’t know who David Tredinnick is, then you’re about to get very upset. Tredinnick is the Conservative …

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How deep is deep? Imagining the MH370 search underwater

Just how hard is it to find a plane at the bottom of the ocean?<p>Imagine standing on a mountain top and trying to spot a suitcase on the ground below. Then imagine doing it in complete darkness.<p>That's basically what crews searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been trying to do for a …

Meet Loomio, the small-scale decision-making platform with the biggest ambitions

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Technology can enable many things, both good and bad. In the case of democracy, we’ve recently seen how technology can …

10 reasons why Facebook has lasted 10 years - Pocket-lint

It's been an entire decade since a fresh-faced, wide-eyed Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm on 4 February 2004. Little did …

I'm halfway through an alcohol-free year. Could you do it?

My British friends think I'm crazy. My American friends are somewhat amused, but I'm sticking with my plan to abstain<p>January is a divisive month in many parts of the world, especially my current country of residence, England. Large portions of the population have decided to spend the month sober in …