A new issue of The Caravan is out. From Outlook India, a special issue on the Reforms Vicenary: 1991-2011. The jury is still out on this one. The ABC of the 2G Scam: Much has been said about the telecom scam, but little has really been understood. A review of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking by Anand Giridharadas. A review of Makers of Modern India by Ramachandra Guha, The Rediscovery of India by Meghnad Desai and India: A Portrait by Patrick French (and more and more). From the latest issue of Bookforum, the Don of Delhi: With his eye for the exotic, William Dalrymple has become India's authority on its Mughal past. The Literary Raj: For all their posturing and weighty pretences, the Indian elite’s life of letters is still strangely beholden to the British. A literary festival sparks a fierce debate about Britain's colonial legacy — and shows that Indian authors have much to offer the world. Despite criticism of the festival’s cofounder William Dalrymple, the Jaipur festival continues to draw big crowds for another year of stunning talent (and more). From Tehelka, a special issue on original fiction. The Caste Buster: Ravindra Misal rejected tradition to become a self-made man — with his “personality contests” and idiomatic-English lessons, he’s trying to help others do the same. Casual sex is taboo no more — a young nation gets all frisky and experimental between the sheets. How “Hindu” is yoga after all? Meera Nanda investigates.
Shilpi Bhattacharya (Jindal): The Desire for Whiteness: Can Law and Economics Explain It? Thomas Nagel reviews The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt. The National Hobo Convention, the argest gathering of hobos in the country, has been meeting annually in Britt, Iowa since 1900. Michael Flaherty, author of The Textures of Time, explains how and why we sense time the way we do. Does more information mean we know less? We pay a price for all the information we consume these days — and it's knowing less. A review of Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History by Wim Klooster. Yes, it can be rational to vote — maybe if 90% of well-educated, older white people do something, we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss it as "irrational". FCC v. AT&T reveals the limits of corporate personhood at the Supreme Court. A network of spies run by Duane R. Clarridge shows how private citizens can exploit the chaos of rivalries inside the government to carry out their agenda. Does Nikki Haley, the new governor of South Carolina, signal a fundamental change in the GOP’s relationship with women, and in the GOP itself? L. Randall Wray advances three fundamental propositions regarding money. Sit, stay, parse, good girl: A border collie knows 1,022 proper nouns, a record that displays the unexpected depths of the canine mind. A review of The Philosophy of Wine: A Case of Truth, Beauty and Intoxication by Cain Todd. Does self-help actually help anyone?
From Thought Catalog, a look at five emotions invented by the Internet and a comprehensive list of the different types of people there are on the internet. You don't actually hate Facebook; it's just something you're saying because you think it makes you more interesting. The Web is now the last place you should read anything: Reading on the Web has never been a very satisfying experience — new tools mark the beginning of its end. What do Google, Ask and Bing search results mean? It's easy to think search engine queries could provide a gold mine of data, but it's not easy to know how to exploit. Why the Internet is a great tool for totalitarians: A review of The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate the World by Evgeny Morozov (and more and more). How the online "temple of the mind" became the go-to site for looking stuff up: A drama told in the open-source style of Wikipedia. Mike Rugnetta of the website knowyourmeme.com talks about what constitutes a meme and how the internet is the ideal place for them to grow. A look at the ten most expensive domain names ever purchased, according to the Times of India (with musical accompaniment). Cyberwar is harder than it looks: Internet vulnerability to attacks exaggerated, says new report. Let’s take the time to remember all of the things that made Myspace the ultimate “place for friends” — and enemies. Facebook has provided a way to maintain real-life relationships in a fractured, dynamic world.