Jayant V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayanti V. Narlikar

Jayant V. Narlikar

Educating India

The following story from a particular edition of the Ramayana sets the tone of this article. In the aftermath of the destruction of Ravan, Ram returned to Ayodhya to set up his rule.

Sky-gazing for survival

As an astronomer, I am often asked why anyone should study astronomy and bother about the nature of distant stars, planets and the remote galaxies in the sky above.

Tilak and the Star of the Vedas

The Vedas are described as apaurusheya, that is, written by no man. They were transmitted down from one generation to the next without anyone having a clue as to who wrote them.

The sum of ego & challenges

Parents often ask, how could they bring motivation to their child. How can a bright child be motivated to use his or her talents maximally? A short answer is: Make the child face challenges.

Big Bang and other prejudices

I once heard the following anecdote from a senior scientific colleague.

Use time as a tool, not as a crutch

While travelling on the underground train in Kyoto, Japan, my wife drew my attention to an advertisement which appeared on the walls of some stations. She had seen it before and had found it interesting enough to bring it to my notice. Unlike most ads that, being worded in the local lingo, were beyond our comprehension, this one

The curious child

Fred Hoyle, arguably the most original astrophysicist of the last century, narrates a story from his childhood: When in primary school, his class teacher asked the class to go and collect flowers of v

Streets echo the culture of a city

I am writing this article sitting in my office in Cambridge, England. Last year the University of Cambridge celebrated its 800th anniversary.

Are we alone in this universe?

Is our planet the only habitat of living systems? Or, are there other locations far beyond the Earth that also support life?

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.