Open Forum

My mom strongest?

Most of us felt a little thrill of excitement as Mangalyaan, India’s first orbiter to Mars, took off into space. No mean feat...

So what’s new in 2013?

Or should we say what was new in 2013? Well, a lot. Elements were discovered...

Wild Wild Western

60,000 square kilometres of the Western Ghats have been turned into an Ecologically Sensitive Area. The order comes in after much wrangling over a decision which should have been easy enough to make. GT takes a closer look at the road blocks.

How Estonians keep their noses clean…

As per the 2012 global air quality ranking by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Estonia has the world’s cleanest air. Before you start scratching your head and wondering where Estonia is on the world map, look at the picture and soak in the freshness.

Gift Panda = Make Friends (The Chinese Formula)

For more than half a century China has used pandas to  keep its friends and neighbours happy and helpful. That’s right! These cuddly, slow breeding mammals have played a key role in the country’s diplomatic moves. From being gifted to political heavyweights to boosting trade deals, the pandas have done it all.

Panditji ponders over...

When it comes to the ‘inspirational, transformational’ talk about Aadhaar, the unique identification scheme implemented by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agnostic in me comes alive...

Water tales: Your best bet

How do you store the water you drink?  Did you say,’What an absurd question?’ Not at all. Water storage is a weighty matter, enough to baffle many minds.

The Pig idea: No hogwash this

Yes, pork is not popular in many parts of India. But across the globe, this is how the ‘pig-man cycle’ works: Man creates waste. Pig eats waste and turns it into food. Man eats pig.

Ozone on my apple

Do you wash that luscious and juicy red apple before eating it? What about those fresh, green vegetables?

Genetically mortified organisms...

...That is what we become when thinking about the debate around Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Are they the monster spawn of greedy corporations?