Non Fiction

The Being of Science by Vikesh Siddhu

The Being of Science by Vikesh Siddhu

We humans naturally have the tendency to pose questions in order to understand the environment around us. A small child always tries to explore his environment, he is persistently inquisitive, he tries to answer questions himself. When he fails in this quest, he consults his parents or someone who knows the answer to his questions. Through this fundamental process of […]

Rock: Then and Now..by Vrinda Ravi Kumar

Rock: Then and Now..by Vrinda Ravi Kumar

Music has always been a major influence for the youth. It’s a powerful vocalisation, a great platform, besides being, well, music. It’s pretty sad that recently the music scene worldwide seems to have stagnated.The 90s and post 2000 period saw the spawning of many new artists and a wave of experimental genres that didn’t really get […]

The Politics of Forgetting by Keshav Aggarwal

The Politics of Forgetting by Keshav Aggarwal

I have borrowed part of the title from an article published in Outlook on 17th October 2011. This article is inspired by it. That article raised a question, why do we remember sufferings of some people while neglecting others’? The 26/11 attacks on Mumbai shook the nation and we’ll always remember the cruel day. The […]

The Making of An Institution – Chetna Sood

The Making of An Institution – Chetna Sood

I joined IISER Mohali with my own share of apprehensions, partly because I was going to be a student again after a gap of more than 10 years and partly because I didn’t know much about IISER’s. Last few months have been exploratory for me on both the fronts and I am going to use […]

Changing Earth

Changing Earth

It was a great experience for all of us, studying Earth Sciences, which greatly enhanced our understanding about the planet on which we live. The trip was planned as a part of the course, to provide us an experience of how and where the fossils are found and how does a geologist infer prehistoric events […]

The Triangle of Opposites by Sushil Sivaram

The Triangle of Opposites by Sushil Sivaram

The dissection of subjects and knowledge has been a bone of contention in Indian high schools, colleges and universities for sometime now, and though new ‘interdisciplinary’ courses are very often offered, it does not really do justice to the nature of intelligence which more often than not lies in making connections I think, rather than […]

Gender differences in Science – Rishi Raj Trivedi

Gender differences in Science – Rishi Raj Trivedi

Women in the India, like in all other countries constitute a minority in the field of science and technology. It is interesting to note that female science students are generally outnumbered by men and the figures are dismal when we count the number of women scientists. This situation seems to be improving, though slowly. When […]

Smell of wet sands – Srijit Mukherjee

Smell of wet sands – Srijit Mukherjee

A classic expression that is visible on every Indian’s faceduring the hot and tiring summer months could be easily translated to- ”Ufff!! When will the blasted monsoons set in? It’s practically impossible to put an end to this complaint- right from April till mid July- when the monsoons finally set in. Even a delay of […]