Hriday Ranjan

Cheating on cricket with football

I have watched, played and written about cricket for decades. I have defended the sport, attributing our love for cricket as a remnant of our colonial history.

20 Oct 2021

Our obsession with celebrities doing drugs

In the three decades I’ve spent on this planet, I have found a pattern to our nation’s consumption of news.

13 Oct 2021

Role of Gandhi in our modern lives

Last week gave me an opportunity to ponder over the role of Mahatma Gandhi in our modern lives.

06 Oct 2021

Cryptic bits

As someone who was born in the pre-liberalisation era, money was always treated as a hush-hush subject in our childhoods.

29 Sep 2021

Memories of Ganesha visarjan

Every year on Ganesha Chaturthi, a clash of opinions is witnessed on social media.

22 Sep 2021

Knowledge half full

In the modern world, "half knowledge" is very powerful. 

16 Sep 2021

Knowledge half full

All through our school years, we were told this quote by our teachers — ‘Half-knowledge is dangerous’.

15 Sep 2021

Celebrity deaths and the dance of TV news

I studied journalism in my Masters, and began my career by writing articles for a newspaper.

08 Sep 2021

How the television was ousted from its primary position

The television was the original ‘Family Device’. If you grew up in a large family, the television was the device that brought the entire family together.

25 Aug 2021

Lessons from India’s Javelin gold

History was created last week when young Neeraj Chopra won the first Indian gold medal in athletics.

11 Aug 2021

The tech barrier to vaccines

As you read this column, I assume you’ve taken at least one dose of the vaccine.

28 Jul 2021

Why India chose cricket over football

After nearly two years of no international sporting events, last Sunday provided fans with a number of sporting spectacles.

14 Jul 2021

The return of PUBG

After a ban of nearly nine months, the popular mobile game PUBG is making a comeback to India under a new name - Battlegrounds India.

23 Jun 2021

The joy of a fountain pen

Our earliest introduction to writing was with the humble pencil - Natraj for boys and Apsara Flora for girls.

16 Jun 2021

App-solutely too many?

There’s a new app in town, friends.

02 Jun 2021