Spy’s eye: India Adopts United Defence

The Joint Doctrine of the Indian armed forces put together by Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, a tri-service entity, was released by the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sunil Lamba, last week. It brings conceptual clarity in the Indian context, to the compelling need of keeping the Army, Air Force and Navy in a state of readiness for handling a war-like situation with operational unity. India is one of the few major powers that have to defend large land borders, mountainous front and a vast coastline all facing specific security threats.

Newsmaker: Man of peace at war

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar teaches the art of living to the world but practises the decidedly less accomplished art of infuriation to fend off allegations of ruining the Yamuna riverbed.
If reports are to be believed, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has found spiritual guru’s outburst on social media debunking the environment protection court as offensive.

Ruminations: Ill equipped to mount a challenge

There was a sense of hope in waiting for the next move from political parties that had been routed in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and the state polls last month established the resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state – in the latter case, after about 15 years. It was done in spectacular fashion, leaving the then ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party without even a toehold in state politics. One would have expected both parties to undertake a deep analysis of their abject failure and come up with a solution.

Fifth Columnist: Stinking India

National capital Delhi is a prime example of just how difficult it is to keep promises made in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan manifesto.
For close to a year, right under the nose of prime minister Narendra Modi, where the impact of his nearly three-year-old Clean India campaign should have been felt the most, lies shattered the myth of a squeaky clean country with tree-lined boulevards.
Long before Modi launched the fantasy of Swachh Bharat, it was widely held by those travelling the globe that India remains the world’s dirtiest country.

Gizmo Geek: Redefining the Luxurious Lie-In

Some like it soft and squishy, others prefer it firm and unyeilding, but one thing is certain—we all expect our beds to provide us comfort, helping us wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated. But a $60,000 (that’s a cool almost Rs 38 lakh) bed that is made of glass, not exactly comfortable, and leaves you hot and thirsty when you get out of it... Sounds insane, right? But what if this is a special therapeautic bed that protects against heart attacks, strokes and other degenerative diseases, helps reduce pain and remove wrinkles, and aids in wound healing.

Book Review: Big business on e-lane

The name of the game is ‘ideas'. If Silicon Valley tech icons took the game away from smokestack heavyweights and taught people how a successful business could be run from a small garage, the Internet, and the assembly line of e-commerce mavens it spawned, showed people that mind boggling amounts of money could be run from space that only needed to be big enough to accommodate a fertile imagination.

Slice of life: You’re worth it

A hugely popular American teen drama television series, Gossip Girl which ran for six seasons from 2007 to 2012, depicts the life of privileged teenagers of the Upper East Side of New York. Apart from glitz and glamour, and of course the ‘shock-factor’ that teenagers can actually do all the things which parents never expect them to, what keeps viewers interested is perhaps the human behaviour it shows and how it portrays the ways in which people change. The name Gossip Girl is a misnomer, as the show is really all about how fragile relationships are.

Disequilibrium : A Spanking New Gene Pool

As IPL 10 winds down and we come to the business end of the tournament, Rahul Tripathi's blazing assault on Nathan Coulter Nile on Wednesday night exemplified how the tournament has thrown up new talent. From complete anonymity and inconspicuousness, the gauntlet is thrown at you for you to pick up and make a name for yourself. In the past too, we have seen talent being thrown up by the IPL, some like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav make a name for themselves but others like Manvinder Singh Bainsla, Manpreet Gony, Mohit Sharma et al dissipate after a few good performances.

RISKFACTOR: What kind of leader

When you think of Barack Obama, what words come to your mind about his leadership? Charismatic, heroic, kind, compassionate, doer, etc.? Transformational? Recently, I have been noticing people in the business community use fancy jargons — almost like fashion fads — when it comes to describing someone’s leadership style. As if being a leader was not tough enough, there are now all sorts of nuances such as being a servant leader or a spiritual leader.

ScreenSavour: The 70mm question

A recent post on Facebook bemoaned the decline of film appreciation culture in our country that has led people to pass over good cinema in preference to run-of-the mill output. There weren’t many takers for Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winning The Salesman when it was released recently in India and though Satyajit Ray was remembered on his 96th birth anniversary by critics and film aficionados, for the younger generation the greatest Indian director remains just a name.