8th Day

An iconoclastic renegade & social maverick

Dwelling upon the mysticism in his poetry, William Blake can be aptly called a spiritual ‘Orientalist’ who once famously declared that he had an Eastern soul. The universal consciousness and cosmic vastness lent profundity to his craftsmanship.

Is age really just a number?

An ageing crisis has taken root in several Asian countries, shedding light on the need for better healthcare facilities for the elderly as well as the implementation of policies to counter elder abuse and abandonment.

A fairy tale gone awry

Sunanda Pushkar died on 17 January 2014 under mysterious circumstances, and till date this case remains an unsolved mystery. Her namesake, journalist Sunanda Mehta, traces out her tantalizing life story.

A note of hope in a desperate tale

The book recounts the unsentimental but devastating story of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. An astonishing act of imaginative empathy on O’Brien’s part, grounded in research trips to Nigeria, and interviews with people involved on the ground... A review.

Rescuing Beauty from Disaster

The book is a moving account of the deep losses experienced by the author in her 70th year. In her new memoir, the singer-songwriter, poet and author is haunted by insidious insomnia, the martial ticking of the clock and the spectre of climate change... A review.

Highly evolved beings

In plants, it is known that experiences such as stress can alter the molecular wrapping around the chromosomes, and this determines which genes will be silenced. Scientists now know that events, like traumas and starvation, change animal brains and can be passed on to offspring.

Process of change

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we can analyse how the world changed as a result of this singular event that resulted in the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet disintegration and an end to the Cold War.